The Ultimate Designer versus Decorator Quiz


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4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Are you renovating your home or redesigning your office? And are you beginning to realize that this project is way out of your league and that you need professional assistance? But who to call on: an interior designer or interior decorator? Take our quiz and learn about the differences between the two seemingly similar professions.

On what type of construction projects does an interior designer work on?

An interior designer works primarily on commercial projects, like hospitals and offices, while an interior decorator works primarily on residential projects, like a block of apartments.


Who would be involved in designing the layout of a room, such as where the windows and doors will be placed?

Interior designers don't just decide on furnishings and accessories, they also design the layout of the room.


Who hires an interior designer?

An architect or developer hire an interior designer once they have laid out the basic shape of the building and consulted with engineers.


What is an interior designer's main focus?

After meeting with the end users to determine the function of all the rooms, an interior designer designs a building that will efficiently and safely utilize the space for that function.


When did interior design begin as a profession?

Interior design became an official profession in the 1700s, when the London Upholders' Company began offering design and decorating services.


When does an interior decorator become involved in a project?

An interior decorator usually becomes involved in a project once it is completed; i.e. when the construction is finished.


Who is an interior decorator hired by?

An interior decorator is hired by the homeowners to choose furniture, fixtures, lighting and paint colors, according to the homeowners tastes and preferences.


What degree does an interior designer need?

Most firms will not hire an interior designer unless they have a four-year bachelor's degree that is accredited by the National Council for Interior Designers Qualification (NCIDQ).


How many hours of work experience does an interior designer need to obtain a license?

To become a certified interior designer you need a four-year bachelor's degree, 3,520 hours of work experience and have passed the NCIDQ certification exam.


What is the difference between an interior designer and an interior architect?

In Europe, they are interchangeable terms. In the U.S., interior architects must hold an architect's license, which involves more intensive study than interior design.


What does the LEED program teach?

The LEED program teaches how to make buildings more environmentally friendly. You can become LEED accredited by the U.S. Green Council.


Where does most of an interior decorator's work take place?

Most of an interior decorator's work takes place out in the field: meeting with clients, shopping for fixtures and overseeing projects.


How does an interior designer spend a significant portion of their day?

An interior designer spends a significant portion of their day in the office, drafting plans and layouts and consulting safety codes and product libraries.


What is the medium annual income for an interior designer in the U.S.?

In 2006, the medium annual income for an interior designer was $ 42,000.


What percentage of those in the design industry are self-employed?

Since 25 percent of those in the design industry are self-employed, it is a good idea to study some marketing and accounting units to help you manage your own business.


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