While interior designers may decorate, decorators do not design.

Interior Designer

  • Designers translate customer needs into plans by undertaking design projects from concept to completion. They help manage budgets, priorities, and vendors while offering a deep understanding of materials.
  • Their role is to make spaces functional and aesthetically pleasing, and they are typically involved in projects from the onset all the way through the finished product.
  • Often works closely with architects and other professionals to make an interior space functional, safe, and beautiful, with additional expertise in developing floor plans and using design programs.

Interior Decorator

  • Professional skilled at beautifying a space using style, color, furniture, and accessories.
  • Works closely with furniture makers, upholsterers, and other home decor professionals.
  • A decorator focuses on making a home aesthetically pleasing through the use of paint, fabric, furniture, and accessories.
  • Works on projects that don’t require construction.