For many people, interior design and home décor equate to the same thing in the mind and the two terms are interchangeable. In fact, interior design and home décor are not the same thing and should not be confused with each other as each have their own distinctive features as well as aspects that are similar to each other.
Many people choose to hire professionals when it comes to making significant home improvements and it is important that if you are considering hiring a professional to help you to make the best decisions in making changes to your home or venue that you are confident understanding the differences between the two and are able to make an informed choice in your selection of professional.
When choosing to install oak flooring in your home, for example, depending on your personal requirements, you may find that an interior designer fits your requirements better than someone who specialises in home décor and vice versa.
It is helpful when making your decision to choose between which type of professional is most appropriate for you to understand how each profession works and where there is a cross over between each discipline so that you can select the right person (or company) for you.
An interior designer is a professional who has obtained a professional qualification in their industry, most often through a course of formal study. In most instances, an interior designer will have been trained in all aspects of design including CAD (computer aided design), space planning, furniture design, architecture, colours and fabric training and more. Many interior designers will first work with an established company upon obtaining their qualification before going on to set up their own business.
Interior designers are the professionals for you if you are looking at designing and renovating interiors from the start point of drawing the designs through to finishing touches such as soft furnishings, they are generally employed for large scale projects as they are experienced in working with architects and understand the whole process from start to finish.
Landlords and property developers generally use interior designers, we have had several customers who have chosen to have oak flooring installed in their new build property or in conversions and renovations and have handed over responsibility for selecting the most appropriate flooring to their interior designer. The training and experience that an interior designer has will perfectly place them to know if solid oak flooring will suit your property better than engineered oak flooring from an architectural and maintenance point of view and will also be able to select the right finish of oak flooring for the room. An interior designer will be able to identify the right type of oak flooring and to select the finish from lacquered oak flooring through to hand scraped oak flooring and to advise you on furniture, colours and fabrics to complement each other.
An interior decorator does not necessarily need to have a formal qualification to be able to advertise their services as an interior décor specialist. Whilst they do not need to have a qualification to charge a fee for their services, all good interior décor specialists will be able to provide you with a portfolio of their work and will have previous clients who will recommend their services.
Interior décor is something that takes place after any initial designs, builds and installations have taken place. An interior decorator will be able to identify the right colours and textures to complement your new solid oak flooring in a double brushed and dark oiled finish and will be able to help you to re-vamp your existing furnishings. An interior decorator is less likely to be involved in a project from start to finish from before installation.
If you have a home improvement project coming up such as a new build property that is a blank canvas, an interior designer may well be the best fit for selecting options such as which oak floor is right for each room and also through to which curtains and cushions are the best fit with the oak flooring that is installed.
Perhaps you have made your selection of oak flooring to be installed and are looking for suggestions on how to make the most of your room once it has been installed; in this instance an interior decorator is more suited to your requirements.
Whatever home improvements you are making and whoever you choose to involve in any part of the process, as long as you are happy with the service provided, they are the right person for you!