Interior Design 101

What You Should Know When Hiring An Interior Designer Or Decorator

Article by Leanne Seibold

Photography by Jill Ockhardt Blaufuss Photography & The Green Room

Originally published in Fargo Lifestyle

Flipping through a magazine with beautifully curated rooms and filtering through images on social media is enough to get most people excited to dive into their own home projects. Some may even find inspiration by watching home and garden shows. Before taking the plunge, you have to decide whether to hire an interior designer or tackle the project yourself. If it's the latter, we tip our hat to you!

If you choose to hire a professional, we don’t take our job lightly. We are your liaison, your advocate, your expert. In some cases, we're even your project leader to ensure the original design intent is carried through correctly. It’s essential to do your due diligence when hiring an interior designer or decorator. Review their portfolio to see if they can accommodate your style. In addition, ask them about their background and design process. 

Interior Designer vs. Decorator 

What is the difference? Professional interior designers have the education, experience, and/or examination. Decorators have no formal education or examination. However, that does not diminish their talent or the experience they may have in the field. There is legislation in certain states on the terms one may call themselves based on education and examination. This typically applies to commercial design and includes the titles interior designer, decorator, and registered interior designer or decorator. 


Professional interior designers typically receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts or Science in interior design, which trains individuals on ergonomics, specifying appropriate materials due to safety and accessibility.  


Experienced interior designers ensure spaces are accessible and meet national and local building codes, along with specifying applicable commercial finishes and materials.


Qualified interior designers, as determined by education and hours worked under a registered interior designer, are then eligible to test their knowledge and experience. They are required to not only create a visually pleasing space but one that is also functional and accessible.  

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