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What Is Interior Decorating?

Interior Decorating

The term interior decorators would refer to the art and the science of making the interior space much more pleasing aesthetically as well as functionally useful and safe for the people who would reside or would be using the interiors.

There are many who interchangeably use the terms interior designing and interior decoration.

The interior decorators are the one who carefully chooses the paint colors for the walls whereas the interior designers basically look to alter the structure of the room and make the optimum utilization of the room.

The art of interior decorating basically deals with the fell and the look of the room by adding in certain necessary accessories such as the rugs or the drapes whereas, on the other hand, the interior designing looks in making the best use of the space that is available.

However, there are many interior designers who also work as interior decorators wherein they not only have to design the space but also look into the decoration of the space.

Also even when the interior designer is not going to decorate the space available still they need to be well aware of what kind of design elements the given space would be accommodating.

Interior decoration basically concentrates on the overall aesthetics of the room such as how to pair up an open floor with the complementary furniture or any of the décor accent or how to create a mood or an ambiance in the room by choosing the right kind of colors and lights.

In simple terms, we can say that interior decorating is basically dressing up the existing space to make it look pleasing and complete.

The interior decoration starts with a broader concept wherein they have to work in detail on the styling of the room such as a modern look, retro or a traditional look based on which the other décor would then be finalized.

The interior decorator would mostly stick to one design style from the beginning to the end so as to create that continuity in the space.

They work along with the color textures, selection as well as the patterns preferred by the customer. Overall they remain consistent with the style concept.

Whether it is decorating a new space, getting an outdated style updated or redecorating a space all fall under the head of the interior decorating.

However, when it comes to the new construction blueprint or getting the building permits do not fall under the head of the interior decorator.

Interior Decorating

The interior decorator would provide its clients with various samples of the design features which they can choose from. The interior decorating tends to draw from the varied trends and styles and get them altogether per your style.

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Color is known to be one of the most important aspects of the overall interior decoration since color not only helps in establishing the mood of the space but at the same time it would also help in establishing the continuity in the environment.

The interior decorators need to have an in-depth knowledge about choosing the right kind of color for the area.


The texture is said to create a certain kind of depth as well as a visual appeal to space.

The various interior decorating projects would need the interior decorators to make use of various textures into the space that has to be decorated.


Having textures would be helpful in creating the mood, depth as well as the visual appeal of the room. One can create textures with the help of a variety of tools which can also include the furniture paint or the wall paint, upholstery, flooring, wall coverings, and accessories.

Let us have a look at each of the tools which can be incorporated into the textures:


The interior decorators make use of multiple elements for creating that perfect texture which can include the paint finishes, accessories, wall coverings, and upholstery.

With the help of various paint application methods one can achieve varied textures.

These textures can also be achieved by the way the paint is applied, after application how the paint is treated and what are the various elements which are mixed in along with the paint while it is applied.

Few of the examples of varied pain textures would include, matte, gloss, distressed, satin, sponge, antique, sandstone, stencil, glaze, dragging, stained, marble and weathered.

Coverings on the wall:

Having wall coverings would create a certain kind of visual appeal and depth and at the same time it would contribute to the style of the space.

Few of the wall coverings that can provide the much needed texture would include, plaster, wood paneling, murals, brick, wallpaper, wood and artwork.


The upholstery is basically the material that would be used for completing the furniture. Few of the upholstery options include, vinyl, leather, silk, wool, cotton, bamboo, canvas, patented leather, linen, velvet, denim, crypton, fleece, mohair, lace, quilt, satin, moire, tapestry, woven and jacquard.


The accessories are said to be providing for an easy way to add that much needed texture to the given space.

Most of the decorators would tend to incorporate textures along with certain other contrasting texture in order for creating a balance.

One of the best thing when it comes to making use of accessories for adding textures would be that the accessories can be changed whenever needed.

Few of the example of texture would include, animal fur rug, wood stack at the fireplace, bowl of pebbles, flowers and a lacquered box.


The lighting elements would not only help in illuminating the space but at the same time they would create that much needed mood in the room.

The decorators have to work closely with the designers for developing a proper lighting plan since some of the lighting elements would need to be created into the space whereas other lighting elements are mobile.

It is important to carefully select the lighting design and fixture since there are multiple options to choose from.

Other decorating elements which the decorator would encounter, doors, windows, countertops, built-in units, shelves, chair rail, kitchen design, closets, tile, etc.

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