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Interior Design Myth #1

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It is common for society to confuse the difference between interior design and interior decorating. When undertaking research on the proposed topics, a question was posed on the Ground Floor Interiors Facebook page asking people for suggestions on topics they wished to know more about in the interior design field. One response was, “Things not to do when decorating; current trends; simple changes to keep up with current seasons”. So, point proven. Some interior designers may be a little offended if you call them an interior decorator. There is a difference between the two and the primary difference is the level of education received in the field. Many people with a flair for some sense of creativity can, and do, call themselves decorators; you should have at least a three year diploma or degree in the field.

The main task (and training received) of an interior designer is to improve the functionality in terms of health, safety and welfare of their clients and the public in the interior spaces they are commissioned to design and, naturally, as required by most clients, to achieve the desires aesthetic. Interior decorators do not always receive this intensive training and are mostly concerned with soft furnishings and aesthetics. Likewise, not all interior designers can call themselves interior architects.

 

There are many talented decorators in the industry that produce beautiful work, and have been doing so for many years. There are also many ‘fly-by-nights’ who fling the word ‘designer’ around as if it means nothing.

The main point here is that there most certainly is a difference between the two respective fields, and clients should be mindful of what the actual scope of the work is before hiring anybody.

The IID (The South African Institute of the Interior Design Professions) is the only professional body representing the Interior Design industry in South Africa. The institute is concerned with promoting professionalism and maintaining high standards in the industry. This is how they define the different professions.

Professional Interior Architect.

“Any person who has obtained a minimum 5 year full time degree from an accredited educational institution affiliated to a faculty of Architecture at a university and a minimum of 1 year’s practical experience and who has satisfied the National Council of their professional competence”.

Professional Interior Designer.

“Any person who has obtained a minimum 3 year full time degree or diploma from an accredited educational institution and a minimum of 3 years practical experience, or who has been practicing for a minimum of 6 years and has satisfied the National Council of their professional competence and suitability”.

Professional Interior Decorator.

“Any person who has obtained a minimum 1 year fill time qualification from an accredited educational institution and a minimum of 5 years practical experience, or who has been practicing for a minimum of 6 years and has satisfied the National Council of their professional competence and ability”.

For more information on this topic you can access www.iidprofessions.org.za

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Author: Dale Dennis

Submitted 18 Jul 16 / Views 1956