But in the real world of interior design business, the roles of designer and decorator are not always unique – they often overlap.
What is the difference between Interior Design and Interior Decorating? This is a question we hear quite a bit with students who are exploring their training options. There are varied explanations explaining the differences, but we find that the NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) website explains it best:
This is a question only you can answer. If living in a well-designed and well-decorated home is a top priority of yours, it may be worth it to hire a professional. We suggest starting with one room and going from there. Another idea is to have the main rooms professionally decorated and then decorate the other rooms yourself, using the professional ones as a guideline. But of course, the main question on whether or not it's worth it is whether or not you can afford it.
Watch how the client(s) moves through the room and what they use it for. For example, do kids live there? How much activity takes place in the room?