Residential interior designer, architect or decorator?

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Currently, the interior design is very popular in the Chicago. There are many magazines, television shows and various fairs and other events that feature the interior design theme. If you start to deal with interior design personally, in your own house or in a rented apartment, a question will arise in your mind: can I solve it by myself or should I ask an expert?

In a case, you choose option to have the interior designed and possibly even realized from professionals, a question number two will arise: Do I need the interior designer, architect or decorator, and what is the difference between them?

In order to make it clear, we will try to answer these questions.

Residential designer
Residential designer is basically the same as interior designer. It’s just another word in the English language. Let him or her will call the residential designer or the interior designer, he or she would help with the overall layout of the apartment, analyze the layout of rooms, solve ergonomics, select and propose specific furniture elements, as well as the floor, painting, doors, textiles, lighting and other accessories. In fact, it should be a custom proposal. Form of proposal will depend on your agreement. For someone it can be just sketch, while for others it will be 2D or 3D visualization. But the important thing is that he or she is an expert and understand their work.

And exactly how to choose the designer: Focus on references, length of experience and education. The designing the interiors is often unregulated and so the design work can be operated by anyone. Anyone can print a business card, even the one, who does not fully understand the interior design field. Therefore, feel free to ask in advance on the length of practice, ready-made design and implementation or education, so you will not be disappointed later. When a designer is well chosen, you will save a lot of time, you will have a coordinated interior designed specifically for you and the right choice of elements and guidance can also save considerable funds.

Residential architect
The term residential architect should use only person who has the university degree. For you, as a client, would it not be a big difference. Architects usually specialize in construction and exteriors and can certainly solve interiors. Quite often, they propose both. Architect usually create sketch or conceptual design of the interior, which should clearly identify the style. The downside may be that architect does not go too much into interior details, but it is very individual. Again ask for interior design practice, specialization, etc. The title or degree does not guarantee quality, so it is important to ask for the finished design or past implementation.

Residential decorator
Also, you may encounter an offer of decorating services. This is essentially a means of tuning interior accessories, decorations, colors and other details. Decorator should not go into design solution or layout of kitchens, bathrooms and other complex projects. It should be a color-matching and introducing the atmosphere into the interior. You can invite decorator, if you do not know how to paint, how to choose a chandelier, new wallpaper or fabric. This service is often also used in public interiors and can mingle with arranging or similar services.