Interior Decorating refers to the decorating and
furnishing of interior spaces in homes, offices, schools, and public
spaces. It deals with all aspects of lighting, color, texture,
paint, furniture purchase and placement, flooring selection and
installation, fabric installations, window treatments, and
accessories. An Interior Decorator is charged with applying or
updating the finishes and elements that will be included within a
Although people often
think interior decorating and interior designing are the same, they
are not. Interior decorators choose the paint color for your wall,
while interior designers will knock it down to alter the structure
of the room. Interior decorating deals with the look and feel of a
room by adding accessories like drapes and rugs; interior designers
make the best use of the space.
decorating concentrates on the aesthetics of a space; how to
pair an open floor plan with complementary furniture and
decor accents, or create atmosphere or mood with lighting or
decorating dresses up an existing space. It begins with a
broad concept, such as postmodern, retro or traditional
aesthetics, and works in the details of that style. An
interior decorator typically stays with one design style
from start to finish to create continuity in a space, and
works with you on color selection, textures and patterns you
prefer but that are consistent with the overall style
concept. Redecorating a room or updating an outdated style
falls under the heading of interior decorating, or use of
the existing space; new construction blueprints and building
permits are not in the interior decorator's toolkit.
may decide to use refined art deco elements to emphasize the
sophistication of your living room, or to go retro with uber-cool,
shabby chic accents. He will provide samples of design
features to help you choose. Interior decorating draws from
varied styles and trends and brings them together to express
your personal style.
You provide a
budget, and a good decorator stays on course. She keeps you
on budget and communicates with you before making purchases
that could break your expense account. Along with having
artistic flair, the savvy decorator should possess financial
savvy & knowing to devote more money to, say, the antique
hutch that will become the room's focal point and less
on more inconspicuous decor.
decorating industry dovetails well with residential
projects: large commercial jobs rarely call on interior
decorators to update a lobby or conference hall. An interior
decorator usually helps a homeowner with a complete
renovation, or a minor update like adding "green" elements
to a room "bamboo or cork flooring, or recycled glass tiles"
to freshen the look of an already well-decorated space.