In General, for a common folk, these two terms make same sense but the fact is they differ considerably. So let us have a quick look.

Academic Qualification

The main difference between two come from professional qualification. An Interior designer is someone who has gone through some recognized form of academic qualification either in Architecture or Interior designing as well as professional internship. While an Interior decorator can be anyone either by hobby or work.

Technical competence

Interior designing is not just a play of materials, colours or aesthetics, it also contains some basic technical know-how of building components like civil, structure, MEP services as well as. A building is not just a structure made up of bricks, mortar, doors and windows. There are a lot of services running underneath like electrical, plumbing or HVAC. A person involved in interiors project should have at least basic understanding of technical facts otherwise he or she can create a blunder or even can invite a disaster.

Interior design is not just limited to make things fancy and eye catching. It is also a tool to enhance inside environment as per user requirement. An Interior of Hospital is different from that of resort or hotel. The same way, a restaurant and a retail stores demand completely different design approach despite both having a same purpose of attracting a customer.

So, in short, An Interior designer is basically technical person as well as designer while an Interior decorator is simply a person who chose this profession either as a hobby or part of livelihood. We tried to explain the difference between two terms. It is better to make an informed decision than regret later. We at Designwud interiors, are a team of well qualified interior designers, Architects, planners and project management professionals capable to undertake any professionally relevant assignment.

No Two projects are same, every project may demand different skill set and design approach. So, there can’t be a straight answer to this question, but still we can try to get a tentative idea for that.

In short three major factor decide for Interior designing fee and consultation charges

  • Type of Project ?

    Interior work for exclusive projects like restaurant, retail/ commercial stores, recreational zones, banquet halls or hotels and resorts are the most challenging tasks. They usually require market study, research, technical inputs and several design discussions with a lot of details and drawings. So, consultancy charges for these kinds of projects vary as per project scope. They are usually based on either a fixed percentage of total project cost (Interior/ civil works only) or INR per sq ft of applicable work floor area. While designing & consultation charges for residences or office projects are more straightforward. Most of professional have fixed fee slabs on the basis of project built-up area  under scope.

    For general Residential or Office interiors, there are fixed lump sum charges quoted as per project scope.

    Interior Design & Consultation for 2/3 BHK Flat

    In general, Interior design & consultation charges for 2/3 BHK flat & Offices (up to area of 1000 SqFt) usually start from INR 20000/- (Twenty thousand only).

    For HIG Flats, Individual Kothis, Bungalows or Duplex units, Charges start from INR 45000/- (Forty-Five Thousand only).

  • How much technical assistance you require for your interior work ?

    Consultation fee also depend upon, how much technical assistance, you need from your designer. Few clients need only concept design and verbal discussion. While few others need full detailed drawings, 3D views, presentations assistance in material selection, contractor negotiations and supervision services, in short design plus project management services. So its depend upon work scope under services. If you need only couple of discussion session along with few layouts and illustration, tell it to your designer and he will quote lump sump charges for that.


     Services under general scope:

  • Client discussion and understanding of project requirement
  • One Site visit
  • Preparation of draft sketch plan and subsequent client discussion
  • Final Interior Plan with furniture layouts after approval upon Draft design
  • Furniture/ interior Details and material specifications
  • Assistance in selection and procurement of furnishing items, wallpapers, artifacts etc.
  • Guidance and instructions to contractor as per requirement

Professional credentials and Experience of Designer

The above statement doesn’t need any specific elaboration. Like other similar professionals, a design professional credibility and experience counts much. A great design project portfolio doesn’t happen in one day, it is a result of years of learning and hard work. Few designers have possessed specialization over specific project types, hence they demand higher than market average fee, while a fresh or inexperienced designer will settle for much lower cost.

Designwud- Top Interior design firm in Delhi & NCR

The above description is for general understanding only, we can customize our services and charges as per project requirement. If you have any specific requirement or any other query, please feel free to talk to us at Designwud. After getting a financial quote, Do you still feel that our charges are on bit higher side, discuss it with us. We will try to find a way out.

There is nothing like free service-

There is an old saying “If you pay peanuts you get monkeys”. Now a day every retail and furniture store offering free interior designing services to woo customers towards them. Most of them employ a junior unexperienced interior designer to do this task for you and obviously is biased towards selling of their own inventory. They have little inclination or interest to provide good interior solution to you according to your needs and budget.

After sales service-

Most people’s looking for full interior services are often one time customer, so after a deal is done, any retail store has little interest left in them. There is no personal relation involved in case of dealing with them. Most of peoples in stores are just employees, who keep changing their jobs on routine basis like it happens in any other industries. If unfortunately, in the case any query or complication arise later, there is minimal chance of getting any assistance.

Unbiased Professional Advice-

There are very low chances of getting an honest advice regarding your queries from designer at Furniture/ retail store, His advice will always be biased towards selling his own products. There are innumerable material options available in market for each category and whatever is designer at one particular store is recommending you based upon his own interest, may not be the best option for you.

In contrast, an independent professional designer will not be involved in direct selling of anything. So, he is in more probability to give you unbiased recommendation for various products or materials. He will patiently listen to your requirements and suggest the best things from his own experience. Every professional, if getting paid optimally for his service, want to give one’s best towards his work because it contributes also to his professional credentials.

If Designer’s fee worth of it??

A civil or Interior project demand huge expenditure and efforts. There is hardly any scope for rectification once it done. A bad design will not just cause wastage of resource and space, but it will create inconvenience for you for its whole life time. Most of the peoples are unable to understand the fact that a designer’s fee is just a fraction of total project expenditure and an honest experienced designer can save you a lot more by suggesting a right material and optimum design.

We tried to explain Why you should pay for Designer’s efforts. Still you have any confusion or want more clarifications? Please get in touch and discuss with us. For a quick consultation, you can always come to our office with a prior intimation.

Who is Interior Designer?

An Interior Designer is one who has a technical qualification either as an Architect or Interior designer from recognized institution. The person who has gone through academics as well as practical internship in the field of Architecture and Interior designing.

Interior designer understands the principals of space planning, visual aesthetics and effects of built environment on living psychology. How an enclosed space affect our psyche and behavior. How the object should be proportioned as per human scale. He or she know keep in touch of latest happening s in field of interior design, color trends, building materials, furniture and furnishing.

Why we require an Interior designer?

Through the years of practical professional experience, an interior designer learns a lot through his experiments and even from mistakes. He became expert in efficient space planning and how to facilitate an easy circulation between spaces. There are a lot of factors which relate to ID, like Lighting design. A good lighting design is not only good for your eyes but it also uplifts your mood. An interior designer design not only for present but future needs also.

Everyone wants his home/ office as something unique, which can impress others. Market now a day is overwhelmed with choices of materials, which differ widely in terms of prices and specifications. The job of an Interior designer is to assist client in making an informed decision keeping balance of budget and specifications.

How to select an Interior Designer?

There is no easy way to recognize a good interior designer. The most usual way to ask about his or her past work/ achievements. You can also ask for references for whom he or she has worked with. The other way is to ask a lot of questions, even if you know the answers. An experienced interior designer should be able to respond without hesitation. he will not force his opinion upon you, but first patiently listen to you before giving his views.

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