Though both these terms Interior Design and Interior Decorating seems to be same but these two are different from each other, these are not completely interchangeable. There are so many similarities between these two yet they are different. There are also more than a few differences between the professions—some subtle, some significant. As you decide which kind of help you need when planning changes in your home, it will help to understand the differences between professional designers and decorators—their schooling, their credentialing, their services, and their clientele.

Let’s understand the difference between the two,


Interior design is a profession which requires a specific schooling and formal training from some design institute. The work which is involved with such kind of designers is studying different kinds of color, fabrics, CAD design, architecture, drawing, space planning, furniture design and many such things. After completing the course, they come out as a graduate from so and so design school.

On the other hand Interior decorators are those who aren’t required to have a formal training or schooling from a well known institute because they focus primarily on aesthetics and don’t participate in renovations or structural planning. A decorator comes into the picture after the structural planning and execution are completed to focus on the surface look of the space.


Before a person can become Interior Designer he/she is required to pass an exam and become registered with a governing council. Though it is not compulsion in some areas, it’s a good idea to find out what the situation is in your area before starting your search.

Though no schooling is required to become an interior decorator, there are so many courses which are available in the market, if you take certification from organizations like C.I.D. the certification will help decorators to authenticate their practices.

What they do

Interior Designers are comfortable with spatial planning and can help design and renovate interiors—from drawing up the initial floor plans to placing the last decorative accent. Designers don’t just enhance the look; they also enhance the function of a room.

Good decorators help clients decide on a style, choose a color scheme, purchase furniture, and accessorize. They’re also often brought in to spruce up an existing space that needs to be updated or redone.

Who they work with: 

Interior designers often work closely with architects and contractors to help achieve the look the client desires, whether that client is designing a residential home, an office, a hotel, or any other interior space.

Decorators don’t generally work with any contractors or architects. They do, however, work with furniture makers, upholsterers, and other industry professionals. Most often, though, they work directly with homeowners or business managers.

Should I Hire a Designer or a Decorator?

Who you should hire depends on your needs. If structural changes are needed, then generally an interior designer is the better choice. On the other hand, if there are no structural changes needed but you need aesthetic help—deciding on a style; choosing wallpaper, paint, and furnishings; picking window treatments, and choosing lighting and accessories— an Interior Decorator will probably do the trick.

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