Designing, redesigning, or renovating an interior space often involves a significant investment of time, money, and effort. Hiring a Professional with the designation of Registered Interior Designer (RID) is the best way to ensure you get value for your investment. We’ve often been asked by clients; “what’s the difference between Interior Decorators, Interior Designers and Registered Interior Designers?” Many people use the terms “interior design” and “interior decorating” interchangeably, but these professions differ in critical ways.
Interior Design is the art and science of understanding people’s behaviour, lifestyle, corporate culture, and functional requirements to create innovative and functional spaces within a building that protect the health, safety and welfare of the public. Decoration is the furnishing or adorning of a space with fashionable or beautiful things. In short, interior designers may decorate, but decorators do not design. Although furnishings and accessories are an important part of the design and an overall project, less than 10% of an interior designer’s time is spent in this area. Interior designers are used by a wide range of commercial, industrial, retail, institutional and residential clients. Designs respond to and coordinate with the building shell and acknowledge the physical location and social context of the project. Designs must adhere to building code and regulatory requirements and encourage the principles of environmental sustainability. The interior design process follows a systematic and coordinated methodology — including full design services ranging from research, analysis, and design drawings to supervising construction. U.S. states and Canadian provinces have passed laws requiring interior designers to be licensed or registered and to document their formal education and training. Many states and provinces also specifically require all practicing interior designers to earn the NCIDQ Certification to demonstrate their experience and qualifications. A Registered
Interior Designer is a person that is qualified by education, experience and examination. Working with an RID who has attained professional membership in a provincial association assures you that the individual meets the highest level of professional qualifications and industry registration standards. By contrast, interior decorators require no formal training or licensure. When you work with an RID it provides you with the security of knowing that your project will:
- Protect the health, safety and welfare of the public
- Meet provincial building codes and local zoning and bylaws.
- Installing doors, lighting and equipment for compliance with fire safety and other local and provincial building codes
- Meet universal accessibility guidelines
- Specifying ergonomic, sustainable designs and furnishings to protect human health
- Meet your personal or corporate needs, lifestyle and corporate culture
- Develop a functional plan that will ensure efficient work flow
- Be both functional and aesthetically pleasing
- Be more likely to meet your budget and save you time, headaches and money
- Make the most of available space
- Potentially contribute to improved quality of life and increased productivity
- Incorporate sustainable design practices and ergonomics
- Make sure the job gets done – as RID’s, we work with some of the best painters, installers, contractors etc.
- During a project we will make sure that everything is completed, and that all the details have been taken care of.
- Give you access to resources unavailable to you – there is a world of furnishings, fabrics, accessories that are “to the trade only”. Working with us as your RID gives you access to these resources.