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Interior Designer vs Interior Decorator

Updated: Nov 19, 2018

One of the biggest misunderstandings about what we do is the confusion between interior design and interior decorating. While they are similar, there are some very key differences. This week we are going to share a job description and process of each and our thoughts.

Interior Designer

Job responsibilities according to

  • Search for and bid larger projects (I.e. new construction, remodels, etc.)

  • Talk to investor or homeowner and get idea of what they’re looking for

  • Understand budget

  • Communicate with builders, architects, electricians, contractors, plumbers, etc.

  • Take lots of notes

  • Determine how will the space be used

  • How can the space be practical and functional

  • Propose preliminary drawings, layouts, and any other ideas

  • What materials are being used (I.e. walls, flooring, furniture, lighting, plumbing)

  • Final renderings/drawings on whatever your preference may be

  • Rough timeline of how long the project will be

  • Place orders for materials and oversee installing

  • Visit throughout project to make sure it is going smoothly and everyone is on the same page

  • Finishing touches/accessorize

Interior Decorator

Job responsibilities according to

  • Enhance inside of building or room

  • Understand what clients want to change or improve

  • Choose colors, paints, flooring, furniture, window coverings, and lighting

  • Decorate

So... beware the next time you use the term "Interior Decorator". You could seriously offend someone ;)

As interior designers, we prefer to be involved from the very beginning of a project. This allows us to review plans & make sure that we, the contractor, the architect and the client have the same overall vision. And at that point we are still able to knock down walls, move things, change the size of windows and doors, choose finishes, all the crazy stuff that no one thinks we do. Most of what we do is very custom and catered to each individual project. While we love accessorizing at the end, it’s not our entire job description. Fluffing pillows and hanging drapes are a part of the styling process at the very end.

We hope this gives a little bit of a better understanding of the differences and a closer look as to what we do! Let us know if you have any further questions in the comments or message us on any of our social media. Make sure to keep up with us on Instagram @naomiewertinteriors for progress and updates on current projects! Check back next week for another fun post and have a great week!




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