What distinguishes an interior designer from a decorator?


This is a question that has been asked by one of the visitors to our website. In response my answer will consider not just the difference in degrees, but areas of study & practice, on the job duties and so forth.

With the influx of renovating shows on television nowadays, it seems this question is going to pop up more and more. Well a quick response would be the following: interior design is the creation or manipulation of space. On the other hand, decorating is the creation or manipulation of the elements within that space. Simply put it boils down to creation vs decoration.

What are your thoughts on the matter?

Another take: design vs execution might be an alternative way to look at it? Design, from a holistic approach to the space in question, versus execution with regard to the sense of choosing and deploying the specific items (pillows, tables, carpets, sofas etc) used within the space to realise the overall vision.

What are your thoughts on this question?