Are interior designers and interior decorators the same?
NO, they are not the same. According to the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ), interior design is “the art and science of understanding people’s behavior to create functional spaces,” and interior decoration is “the furnishing or adorning of a space.” The process of designing involves a much broader range of considerations beyond aesthetics, such as safety, adherence to building codes, and sustainability.
Many states mandate that to use the title “interior designer” one must have passed the NCIDQ or equivalent interior-design exam. Interior decorators are not required to have formal training or a license.
Recently, the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection (CDCP) changed its regulations and created a new category, “registered interior designer.” Now anyone who performs the work defined by the CDCP under the category Interior Design can call themselves an “interior designer,” without completing courses or passing an exam. However, those who want to use the title “registered interior designer” must apply to the Connecticut Commission of Consumer Protection, for a certificate of registration.