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The Ultimate Designer versus Decorator Quiz
by Staff
Are you renovating your home or redesigning your office? And are you beginning to realize that this project is way out of your league and that you need professional assistance? But who to call on: an interior designer or interior decorator? Take our quiz and learn about the differences between the two seemingly similar professions.

On what type of construction projects does an interior designer work on?

  • residential
  • commercial
  • both residential and commercial

Who would be involved in designing the layout of a room, such as where the windows and doors will be placed?

  • an architect
  • an interior designer
  • an interior decorator

Who hires an interior designer?

  • an architect or developer
  • the owners of the property
  • the end users of the construction

What is an interior designer's main focus?

  • creating a room that reflects the personalities of the end users
  • to assist the architect with his myriad tasks
  • designing a building that efficiently and safely utilizes the space for the purpose it was built

When did interior design begin as a profession?

  • 1700s
  • 1800s
  • 1900s

When does an interior decorator become involved in a project?

  • once an architect has completed a basic layout
  • at the planning stages
  • once a building project is complete

Who is an interior decorator hired by?

  • interior designer
  • homeowners
  • architect

What degree does an interior designer need?

  • a certificate or two year course from a university or college
  • a four year bachelor's degree from a university or college
  • a bachelor's and master's

How many hours of work experience does an interior designer need to obtain a license?

  • 500 hours
  • 2,225 hours
  • 3,520 hours

What is the difference between an interior designer and an interior architect?

  • Interior designer and interior architect are interchangeable terms.
  • In the U.S. an interior architect is someone who has an architect's license.
  • in Europe, interior designers are referred to as interior architects.

What does the LEED program teach?

  • safety principles in building design
  • principles of architectural design
  • how to make buildings more environmentally friendly

Where does most of an interior decorator's work take place?

  • in meetings with architects and engineers
  • out in the field
  • in the office, designing

How does an interior designer spend a significant portion of their day?

  • meeting with clients
  • drafting plans
  • meeting with architects and engineers

What is the medium annual income for an interior designer in the U.S.?

  • $ 28,000
  • $ 42,000
  • $ 60,000

What percentage of those in the design industry are self-employed?

  • 25 percent
  • 30 percent
  • 40 percent