Not sure whether you need to hire an interior designer or an interior decorator?

These terms are often used interchangeably. As a result, many clients believe they need interior design services in Toronto when they actually need interior decoration services or vice versa.

While there can be some overlap between the two professions, there are also some clear differences. Knowing these differences can help you determine which services you might need for your home or business.

Let’s look at a few of the biggest differences between an interior designer and an interior decorator—from their roles and everyday duties to their education and credential requirements!

Role

Simply put, the role of interior designers is to plan, design, and renovate space. They are primarily concerned with making sure that home and business spaces are functional and that they improve the quality of life of those who use them. As they are often involved with design on a structural level, they must understand and meet local building codes and regulations.

The role of interior decorators, on the other hand, is to help the client with a space’s aesthetics—including room layouts, furniture arrangements, wall décor, colour palettes, and more. They usually become involved once the space has already been designed, built, or renovated.

While these roles are distinct, there are times when an interior designer may also take on the duties of an interior decorator.

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Clients

Interior designers will sometimes work directly with homeowners and property managers; but more often than not, they coordinate with architects and other contractors in developing plans for the project.

Interior decorators typically work with homeowners, business managers, and property managers directly. They may coordinate with vendors—such as furniture and paint companies—when decorating a space.

Education

Interior designers and interior decorators have very different educational requirements. To become an interior designer, one will typically need to earn an associate’s or bachelor’s degree, or their equivalent. Coursework should include subjects such as colour theory, materials and applications, computer-aided design (CAD), and more.

To become an interior decorator, however, formal training is not typically required. With that said, a degree in a relevant field may prove helpful—both for landing a job as an interior decorator and for performing the job itself.

Credentials

While there are no credential requirements at the federal level in Canada or the United States, certain provinces and states require interior designers to be licensed and registered. This will typically involve passing an exam, and subsequently, earning a certificate through the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ).

As for interior decorators, there are no credential requirements at the federal, provincial, or state levels. With that said, there are organizations—namely, Certified Interior Decorators (C.I.D.)—that offer all types of courses, programs, and certifications for interior decorating.

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A re-imagination of materials, the Laguna collection from Sunset West embodies effortlessly stylish living. Crafted in lasting aluminum, with a hand-brushed finish to mimic real driftwood, Laguna captures a timeless look with modern sensibility - offering the look and feel of natural wood, with minimal maintenance.

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With its three drawers made of acacia veneers and a deep, luxurious walnut hue, this accent chest creates a sleek and sophisticated look.

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Geometry intersects with organic artistry for a look that is simultaneously timeless and modern.

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Graphic steel legs and a sleek snow-white lacquer case create a striking contrast against the rich, earthy tones of reclaimed Brazilian peroba solids door fronts, weathered by decades of sun and rain, infusing this media console with history and character. Behind three sets of doors, discover ample double shelving storage. ✨





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Feast your eyes on the stunning Audley Sideboard by @JohnRichardCollection. Crafted from American white oak, this sideboard boasts a center storage compartment flanked by two columns of three drawers each. The driftwood finish complements the brushed stainless steel base, while the front is adorned with Truro silver leaf in a captivating raised, textured pattern. A true statement piece for any elegant space.





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