Decor vs. Design... What's the difference?

Hi to my friends and family!!


Tuesday once again! What did you guys do over the weekend? I waited on a baby............ and we got about 6 inches of snow, so that was pretty! There are so many different events being held in Northern Colorado on the weekends lately, but my brain has only been letting me focus on ONE THING. I'm so ready for Aspen to be here y'all. I've turned on mama mode, and now I'm just waiting. She's also kicking me... a lot. I think she has almost outworn her welcome. :)


Okay, SO...

Designing and decorating. What is the difference? Is there a difference? Yes and yes. I get asked questions like this a lot... "Oh so you went to decorating school?" "Did you learn how to match things appropriately in college?" These are (usually) really innocent questions, but it's funny to me because I can completely see a difference in the two... I guess because I have been in the middle of it for so long and studied it for years.


Often times designers DO decorate, but decorators do not "design". I'll explain-- DESIGN (verb form) is defined as "to prepare the preliminary sketch or the plans for (a work to be executed), especially to plan the form and structure of..." (remember the words "plan the form and structure"). DECORATE (verb form) is defined as "to furnish or adorn with something ornamental or becoming; embellish". Designing works more with a structure. While decorating is more of an "embellishment" to what is already there. Interior design is working with actual structures and changing, or creating new ones. Space planning is something that I enjoy doing when working on a brand new space. Imagining and determining how a person, or a group of people will function most efficiently in a space and executing that in the construction drawings. The science behind how people move and function in, or use different spaces is always at the heart of design.



Decor elements of a project that help complete the full design.


Have you heard of anthropometrics? Anthropometrics is the measurement of the size and proportions of the human body (think scale here). Anthropometrics is applied to nearly everything that you use; the layout of your home, furniture, electronics, cars, watches, you name it. Talking scale, scale is a factor on everything that we come into contact with. I mean, imagine if it wasn't--- everything would be way less functional and really hard to use. Ergonomics is similar in that it uses the information collected by anthropometrics, but studies exactly how we interact with the objects that we use on a daily basis, like chairs, lamps, desks, etc. Anthropometrics and ergonomics work hand and hand. Whithout anthropometrics, ergonomics would not be very useful. These two things are usually studied by designers at some point.


Programming is something else that usually distinguishes a designing from decorating. The programing process of design is when the designer defines, or listens to a problem that a client may have within a space. The designer then collects the facts and does some digging to see what can be causing these problems and from there establishes a goal on how to fix the issue. Fixing the issue would be finding and correcting the issues of form, function, economy and time in that defined space. Different clients require different skill solving efforts. For example, one client may be wanting new all furnishings that relate to a space better, while another client may be wanting completely new adjacencies and arrangements of structure. Both of these require different levels of design effort.


Decorating/ styling a space is generally one of the last steps of the design process. Some clients like to do this on their own. I think it's great when the client will let the designer finish their efforts with the furnishings and accessories of a space. A lot of times the designer can see the space and envision exactly where everything should go and how it should be spaced so much easier than even the client can in their own space. This is because the designer knows the exact scale and size of the room (usually down to the inch), making it so much easier for them to find and curate each piece that will fit perfectly in the space. If you ever wonder why spaces that are done by designers seem like everything just fits perfectly, that's why! Often times decorators put in a lot of time and effort and are successful in making a space to fit a client exactly how they need it to as well. It all depends on what type of project you want your home to be. Some just need a quick new face of makeup, and others need a full face-lift.


That's all I've got for today---

Have a really great rest of your week!

xoxo-

Emily