The Ultimate Designer versus Decorator Quiz

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The Ultimate Designer versus Decorator Quiz
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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?
residential
commercial
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.
both residential and commercial

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Who would be involved in designing the layout of a room, such as where the windows and doors will be placed?
an architect
an interior designer
Interior designers don't just decide on furnishings and accessories, they also design the layout of the room.
an interior decorator

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Who hires an interior designer?
an architect or developer
An architect or developer hire an interior designer once they have laid out the basic shape of the building and consulted with engineers.
the owners of the property
the end users of the construction

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What is an interior designer's main focus?
creating a room that reflects the personalities of the end users
to assist the architect with his myriad tasks
designing a building that efficiently and safely utilizes the space for the purpose it was built
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.

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When did interior design begin as a profession?
1700s
Interior design became an official profession in the 1700s, when the London Upholders' Company began offering design and decorating services.
1800s
1900s

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When does an interior decorator become involved in a project?
once an architect has completed a basic layout
at the planning stages
once a building project is complete
An interior decorator usually becomes involved in a project once it is completed; i.e. when the construction is finished.

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

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What degree does an interior designer need?
a certificate or two year course from a university or college
a four year bachelor's degree from a university or college
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).
a bachelor's and master's

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How many hours of work experience does an interior designer need to obtain a license?
500 hours
2,225 hours
3,520 hours
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.

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What is the difference between an interior designer and an interior architect?
Interior designer and interior architect are interchangeable terms.
In the U.S. an interior architect is someone who has an architect's license.
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.
in Europe, interior designers are referred to as interior architects.

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What does the LEED program teach?
safety principles in building design
principles of architectural design
how to make buildings more environmentally friendly
The LEED program teaches how to make buildings more environmentally friendly. You can become LEED accredited by the U.S. Green Council.

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Where does most of an interior decorator's work take place?
in meetings with architects and engineers
out in the field
Most of an interior decorator's work takes place out in the field: meeting with clients, shopping for fixtures and overseeing projects.
in the office, designing

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How does an interior designer spend a significant portion of their day?
meeting with clients
drafting plans
An interior designer spends a significant portion of their day in the office, drafting plans and layouts and consulting safety codes and product libraries.
meeting with architects and engineers

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What is the medium annual income for an interior designer in the U.S.?
$ 28,000
$ 42,000
In 2006, the medium annual income for an interior designer was $ 42,000.
$ 60,000

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What percentage of those in the design industry are self-employed?
25 percent
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.
30 percent
40 percent

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