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designer vs decorator

Updated: Jun 13, 2019

What do you need when working on a project in your home and what is the difference between designer and decorator?


A designer is someone who has a degree, knows codes, spent hours and hours in the field working side by side other trades to solve every day problems and challenges for a client. When trying to communicate these roles and their differences, we stumbled upon Qpractice's version of a very short and well worded way of describing the two. Interior design is the art and science of understanding people's behavior to create functional spaces within a building. Decoration is the furnishing or adorning of a space with fashionable or beautiful things. In short,interior designers may decorate, but decorators do not design.

decorating designs

Designers often style and add "decor" to their designs, however it still requires the design principles to be well thought out. It takes consideration for budget, schemes, timelines, etc. to all come together. Decorating is fun and simply viewed as the best part because it is the visual end results and satisfaction that we all see. Designers often get overlooked in a project because a lot of the work is behind the scenes.... literally it might be in the wall. At Times Two Design Co. we are both interior designers with Bachelor of Arts Interior Design degrees from MSU (Go Green, Go White), and we love the part when we get to decorate our designs. Pulling all of the finishes together for a client to help them enjoy the process is the best part. Getting the hug at the end of the project and hearing "we love our space" fills our designer + decorator hearts!

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