By Lisa Samuel, Owner, The Samuel Design Group
I thought you would never ask! Yes, there is a difference. An interior designer is an individual who has a college degree in the field of Interior Design, such as a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design. The laws of each state will govern either a Title Act or a Practice Act in the field of Interior Design. There are levels to achieving the “professional” status of Interior Designer. Appellations such as ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) or IIDA (International Interior Design Association) set apart the individuals who have become certified by the National Counsel for Interior Design Qualifications.
One of the other big differences is that a licensed interior designer is required to document and prove that he/ she has completed approved continuing education credits. There are health and safety issues to consider as well as building codes that must be known by interior designers.
An interior designer can make the best decisions in your home whether it is new construction, a re-model, or even re-decorating. The skill range of a trained interior designer is vast and varied. Some interior designers have acquired additional education in different areas of expertise. One example is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist, in which the designer becomes certified in the field of making homes functional as we age, utilizing wider doorways, better lighting, etc. So, not only can an interior designer decorate your home but a designer can also do much more with flair and knowledge and skill. Please refer to the American Society of Interior Designers for more information on this subject.