Many new home buyers make the mistake of confusing interior design with interior decoration, but these two disciplines are worlds apart. While it is true that design did naturally evolve from decoration, the technical know-how and skill set required for a designer are far more complex and complicated when compared to simple decoration. For instance, a designer must not only have an impeccable sense of style like a decorator, but he must also have an intimate understanding of architecture as well. Not to mention a degree.
For these reasons, interior designers receive highly competitive salaries that start at around twenty-five thousand pounds with an average salary of about thirty-five thousand pounds. As you might expect, designers rely on experience and reputation and they are often only as good as their last project.
The two most popular kinds of interior design are residential and commercial. Residential design often focuses on bathrooms or kitchens or rooms that are frequently renovated. But simple decoration that includes new drapes or panel blinds for patio doors are a few examples of any number of improvements that is also an integral part of interior design. (more...)