Interior Decorating

VLOG – Interior Designer Vs Interior Decorator



Hey all! In this vlog Im sharing my thoughts about interior designers vs interior decorators, what the differences are and why we all need a better understanding. Plus I’m chatting about my interior design diploma and why it wasn’t right for me.

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25 thoughts on “VLOG – Interior Designer Vs Interior Decorator”

  • Beautiful Innovations January 28, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    We thought this was a very great and need video. WE AT http://WWW.ARTBEAUTYDECOR.COM THANK YOU FOR POSTING THIS

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  • Phillip Grimshaw January 28, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    You want to be an FF&E designer. I worked in the industry for years as an Interior Designer but classed myself more as an Interior Architect. However, there is apparently no such thing! I worked with lots of talented FF&E designers who were fantastic with fabrics, colour, furniture and lighting. Good luck!

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  • Steven G January 28, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    Easy mistake to make, don't feel bad!

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  • hoye bunny January 28, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    couldn't agree more ! this has given me a little hope, thanks 🙂

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  • Isabel Fons January 28, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    I'm so glad I came across your video, I wanted to do an Interior Design course but have no interest in learning how to draw a floorplan or elevations… I'm more on the creative side decorating residential homes. Does anyone know any good online courses for interior decorator?

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  • nubianlink January 28, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    Hi Sarah. Where did you buy your wallpaper from.. decor.nlynxdesign.com

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  • FWDesigns January 28, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    What's the name of this wallpaper, I've gotten the minaret from the last time I asked and absolutely love it.

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  • I O N A January 28, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    I'm an incoming eleventh grade student. This past few months I've been really fascinated with decorating. I thought that's what I want to do. However, when I started doing research about the course (universities offering them), the closest thing I can find was Interior Design. I was skeptical about the word 'design' that comes with it. I don't trust my drawing skills to be enough for that field. I have this side of me that loves color palettes and patterns and textures but I'm not the type who loves to draw that much. I've already acknowledged the creative side of me long ago and I want to follow this path but sadly, no formal education (I think) that introduces us to this career is available. A formal education that will nurture and let it bloom.

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  • The reStyler January 28, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    Hi Sarah! This is a very good informative video, I appreciate your honesty! 🙂 im currently studying a diploma of interior design online in Australia, but i definitely think i underestimated how challenging it would be as well haha! It takes so much discipline and motivation to do the assignments, so yeah, I feel you haha!

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  • nelq06 January 28, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    Does anyone know if the background is wallpaper?

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  • Javier Mac January 28, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    If you don't try you will never know, you dont like it. Successful people tried many things. Failing in a lot and then succeed in One, Sarah! Anyway, you are Pretty !!!

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  • Teresa M. Morgan January 28, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    I am an "interior designer" Dallas, Texas. The states have the same difficulty in understanding the differences. You have done a wonderful job in explaining. Thank you! The average person still doesn't get it. But that's okay. We just keep on explaining and working. And you are right, some are overwhelmed with the technical aspect of design, but do a wonderful job with their clients. For you, I think at some point when you daughter is older, being a decorator will bore you and you will want more control of your projects. I was a stay at home mom of two boys, and a student of interior design at the same time. Totally understand where you are!

    GREAT JOB!

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  • Tumi Mafisa January 28, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    Thank you for sharing your story, I can completely relate I started my journey the exact same way. I was a working and started a distance learning course and found I suddenly had no time and was not prepared for all the practical work involved. That was last year but now I'm studying decorating full time but it's not simple as it seems. I love how relatable you are, keep it up.

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  • YourFriend Gen January 28, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    It isn't clear in the United States either. Not at all.

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  • hello nbrn January 28, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    Finally someone speak up about this. Yes interior design is different from interior decorating/styling. I'm more think of interior design as brother/sister of architechture. They're on more technical side. Interior decorating is more on creative/fun side I think.

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  • Georgina Abboud January 28, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    Great video Sarah! I am an interior designer living in the US, and I do agree with the confusion of having people think that I am a decorator! I wanted to do interior design because I do have a passion for it, and I love the architectural part of it. A lot of schools and firms started calling it Interior Architecture, as it makes more sense for us because we don't really do the "decor" part that much. I still do pick colors and furniture pieces, but this isn't the focus of an interior designer. Keep up the good work!

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  • Fancys Dream Closet January 28, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    Thank you for the information!

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  • Rhaine Waters January 28, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    So what do you call yourself decorator or stylist? Since you didn't finish school is it difficult to explain to clients…What does your contract look like? I don't feel I need schooling to help someone style or decorate. I'm 40 with a 1 year old and dont have time to attend formal training. I love this vlog.

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  • nikitusilu January 28, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    Hello Sarah,
    I really want to study Interior Decorator, but everytime I search at Google. I can't find anything about it, only Interior Design everywhere. Do you know any schools that has decorator course? Like a undergraduate course. It would be really helpful! Thanks anyway 🙂

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  • JYN M January 28, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    Hi Sarah – just wanted to say a BIG thank you for posting this. As a qualified interior designer and having studied almost 6 years+, I get so angry with people who call themselves designers when they are either decorators or stylists. As you mentioned, there is a HUGE difference. Interior designing is so much more technical and in depth than any of the others. I often wanted to quit as it was so complex and working full time too started to take it's toll, but I can say, it is the best thing I have ever done! Once qualified, you are armed with a ton of transferable skills that can take you anywhere! I wish you well in whatever you do Xx

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  • Hhnskaterfan January 28, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    When you understand who you are, what you love to do, and know what your doing, you can get success, by spending time learning the specific craft, investing money into materials and resources you'll need, and getting hands on experience are important for developing a skill set for your appropriate career, no matter it is that your doing.

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  • Patricia Hao January 28, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    Hey Sarah – I think you're such an inspiration. I found this video because I wanted to learn more about interior design. I recently had a baby and left my career working in software product development so I felt like "ahh…finally, someone who understands how crazy it is when you have a kid AND you moved on from a job AND you're trying to find your voice and your creative outlet". I've been considering some different careers that make use of my creativity and interior design is one of them. Haven't yet decided if I'll do interior design but watching your video makes me want to tune in more to learn about my strengths and my style and not just go after what everyone else is doing, or what's safe.

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  • Nati SB January 28, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    Hey. Months later I know so I don't know if you'll see this. I've been wondering recently about retraining to do something hands on & creative after a period of illness. I've done painter/decorator/carpentry/odd jobs before while studying something completely unrelated and quite enjoyed it but felt that I'd like to expand it into something a) with more room for creativity and b) with the chance of being more lucrative. I'm still undecided as to whether I'd prefer to try my hand at interior design or interior decoration, both interest me, but thank you for putting your experience and thoughts on the matter out there.

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  • Ivna Saltini January 28, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    That was great! keep it up n good luck w the vlog!:-)

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  • L Nicole January 28, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    im looking to starting a interior decor blog/business. how do i start off? any adivce?

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