Design vs. Decorating

What to Know When Hiring an Interior Design Professional

Designing vs. Decorating

The terms ‘decorator’ and ‘designer’ are often used interchangeably, even though they are two different professions. At Metric, we offer our Clients both of these services so we will explain the options that are available to you, so that together, we can best determine the type of service you require.

Interior Design Consultants

Decorators and designers both focus on creating an aesthetically pleasing space, and interior design consultants take this a step further by addressing the function of that space and how its inhabitants will live and work within it. Designers focus on the entire interior and exterior of a space, from where the walls will go, to what kind of flooring material will be used and the implications that flooring has in the space- durability, acoustics, life of the product, colour, etc. Due to designers being educated and trained differently, they will generally have higher hourly rates than decorators.

Ideally, the designer will start on the project at the very beginning stages of the new build or renovation. First they will meet the end users of the space and attempt to understand how the space will be used. Interior design consultants apply the science of human behavior as well as human dimension as it relates to interior space to design a building or home that maximizes efficiency and functionality as well as creates a stylish, welcoming and beautiful environment.

After the initial designer & client meeting, the designer will then lay out the floor plan, considering everything from circulation, accessibility and acoustics to furniture and lighting plans and creating architectural focal points. As the project progresses, the designer will take on the role of the decorator, choosing furnishings, paint and other finishes.

Interior Decorating Consultants

Interior decoration is a specialized field, and formal schooling is not a necessity. It does require the individual to be creative, have great visualization skills and the ability to pull an overall scheme together, considering all aesthetic details down to accessories. Because a technical education is not required, interior decorators are not involved in designing the layout of the space or projects that involve large scale renovations or structural planning and they will usually come on board after the “bones” and more technical aspects of the project are complete. However, many decorators will complete education that trains specifically in colour and fabric, furniture layout, furniture styles and more and develop an extensive knowledge on how to update a space efficiently and effectively.

Decorators focus on the overall surface look of a space. They choose furnishings, fixtures, lighting, paint, fabric, and accessories, creating a decorating scheme that is beautifully put together, and reflects the personality of the homeowners. If you feel that the bones of your home are in good shape and up to date, or if your budget doesn’t allow for major changes, a decorator can do wonders to give your space a facelift without the stress that a renovation brings. They have a keen eye in judging what changes or additions will give you the most impact for your buck!

Our designers & decorators are fantastically talented when it comes to bringing a space to its full potential. Together they can create a space that keeps you, the homeowner in mind so your space truly reflects your style and personality!

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