Have you ever walked into a room and immediately known how to make it more inviting? Do you have a knack for picking the perfect colour to make a space feel just right?
If your answer is yes, the worlds of interior design and interior decoration could be your true calling.
At first glance, these roles might seem very similar, but they each have their own unique responsibilities. Lucky for you, Melbourne Polytechnic offers top-tier courses in both.
Read on to explore the key differences and find out which pathway suits your style.
Interior designers are the masterminds behind the function and layout of a space. They go beyond making a room look great; they ensure it is practical and functional for the people who use it.
If a project involves major structural changes, such as knocking down walls or adding windows, then interior designers are the experts to call. You will also see these professionals’ choosing materials, finishes, and colours for walls, flooring, and furnishings.
What sets interior designers apart is their in-depth knowledge of interior architecture and construction. They are skilled in design software like AutoCAD and Photoshop and work closely with architects to transform their ideas into reality.
Interior decorators, on the other hand, are the artists who infuse personality and style into a space. They do not work with architects to create new interior spaces; they style interior spaces that already exist.
Like a painter adding the final brushstrokes to a masterpiece, the interior decorator brings a space to life using elements like furniture, fabrics, colour schemes and lighting.
Each item they select - from curtains and rugs, to throw pillows and artwork - must all work together in harmony.
Interior design and interior decoration are like two peas in a creative pod - they work together but tackle different aspects of a space. Interior design decides on the structural foundation and layout, while interior decoration chooses elements to create the style and character.
Whichever route you decide to take, it’s important to know that they have different education pathways to get there.
Interior designers typically hold a diploma level qualification, like a Diploma of Interior Design MSF50222, while interior decorators often holding a Certificate level qualification like a Certificate IV in Interior Decoration MSF40122.
In both fields, Melbourne Polytechnic’s programs will equip you with the knowledge, skills and hands-on experience you need to succeed.