We asked Ansje Serfontein, owner of Getting Creative Design Studio, who will be heading up the Xela College of Design Interior Design course from 2016 to explain the difference between the two.
What is the difference between decorating and interior design?
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, office, hotel, or any other interior space. Decorators work closely with the Designer to achieve the look the client desires.
Debunking the myths regarding Interior Design:
Myth 1 – Interior Designers are glorified decorators – in reality interior designing is a completely different field of expertise. Yes they work hand-in-hand with decorators just as architects work hand-in-hand with Interior Designers. Interior Designers are technically and structurally educated to not only enhance the look but the function of a space as well.
Myth 2 – Decorators can be seen as Interior Designers – This myth is a common and very scary assumption. Interior Designers have the knowledge of building a house from foundation up, in order to know which structural choices to make when it come to renovating a house structurally.
Myth 3 – Interior Designers can be seen as Decorators – although Designers have the creativity and knowledge of decorating principles and textiles, they have a more structural and technical background; they do not have the ins and outs of the soft furnishing and upholstery background.
In the end all 3 professions- Architecture, Interior Design and Decorating need to work together to achieve a well designed space which fulfils all their client’s needs.
So now you know!