Stylist, Decorator or Interior Designer: What's the Difference?
Author: Charlotte Minty Date Posted:11 August 2019
Ever wondered what stylists, decorators and interior designers do (and what they don't do)? An expert reveals all
If you’re considering hiring a professional to help you with your home, it’s important to know what these differences are so you can choose the right service for your project. After all, it’s your house and you want to get it right the first time.
Interior stylists are better known for their work in magazines, television and other visual media. But growing numbers of them are offering their styling services to homeowners.
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There are definite overlaps between interior stylists and interior decorators. Both professions focus heavily on the aesthetics of an interior space. Decorators pay close attention to colour and fabrics, and how a space is planned. They also provide advice on decorative finishes, furniture and accessories.
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Interior design is sometimes known as ‘spatial design’ or ‘interior architecture’, and an interior designer offers a broader range of services than an interior decorator or stylist.
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Interior designers generally charge more for their services than interior decorators and stylists, although some successful decorators and stylists do charge about the same hourly rate. However, as decorators and stylists are generally brought in to do shorter projects than interior designers (a room or two, for example, rather than a whole house), they can cost less overall.
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