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Difference Between an Architect, Interior Designer, and Interior Decorator

Have you ever felt confused about who to call to renovate your space? People sometimes feel perplexed on who to contact if a set of glass décor in the living room broke and they don’t know what design to get, or if they want the carpets changed, or if they want the kitchen lights remodeled.

Let’s get one thing straight first. Architects, interior designers, and interior decorators are all home decorators. They design space in their own way. And by that meaning they have differing jobs in doing so. Among the three, architecture and interior design are more related. They’re kind of like cousins in the design world. But the two are still poles apart from each other. Let’s discuss all home decorators’ roles and differences from each other.

Architects

The main structure of a building is what architects zero in on. They design the interior and exterior structure of a structure. They integrate plumbing and electrical works in their design. Flooring, ceiling, trim and millworks are their major areas of concern.

Interior Designers

The interior designer’s attention is focused on styling the space inside. They design all the spaces and rooms of the house. They plan for the lighting and even the flooring (tiles, vinyl. etc.) They are more concerned with textiles, materials, finishes, paint and treatment colors, and accessories.

Interior Decorators

Interior décor focuses mainly on aesthetics: furniture, lamps, rugs, and other minor details. Interior designers can also do that. In fact, they do that. But they do that after they have renovated the space from scratch. Think of it as sea life enthusiasts. Interior decorators only snorkel to see the corals below. Architects and interior designers dive down under. This means that interior decorators don’t take part in remodeling. They only start after the renovation is finished.

The main difference among the three designers is that both architects and interior designers renovate, while interior decorators don’t. They only do the finishing touches. Architecture, interior design, and interior décor are all considered art. But only architecture and interior design can be considered science. Architects and interior designers are trained. They need a degree that includes drawing, CAD, the study of colors and materials, and more disciplines in their program. Interior decorators do not need formal study or training. Basically, all you need to remember is that architecture and interior designing are technical. Interior decorating is aesthetic.

So now that we got that all out the way, calling for help should be easier. If you need structural renovations like as replacing the walls or changing the ceiling, you need an architect. If you need your floor style changed or every fixture moved, or a design overhaul, then you need an interior designer. If you’re looking for matching carpet and rugs, or new throw pillows, then what you need is an interior decorator.

Whatever your needs are, the important thing to remember is that clients and designers are a team. All have one goal in mind and that is to improve the quality of any living space.