I’m sure I’ll stir up a hornet’s nest with this post, but what can I say? As an interior designer, I know that designers are so weary of being called decorators. Now, don’t get me wrong – there is nothing wrong with being an interior decorator. It’s a fine profession. I often function as a decorator, and I enjoy that part of my job very much.
That said, there is a significant difference between a designer and a decorator. Did you know that? I just wrote an article to try and explain the differences. So many people assume that the terms are interchangeable – and they aren’t. In fact, I attended design school at UW-Stout in Menomonie, WI, and they offer both an interior design degree, and a decorating degree – both in different colleges. Each profession has a purpose, and its own specialities; they aren’t the same.
I’d love to hear your thoughts – have you hired a decorator, only to find out later you actually needed a designer? Is this new information to you? Well, you learn something new everyday, right?