What's The Difference?

In the world of Interior Design, the roles of Designer and Decorator often overlap. Interior Design is the art and science of understanding human behavior to create functional spaces. Decoration is furnishing and adorning a space with beautiful things. Interior Designers may decorate (and we often do!), but decorators do not design.


National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) Certification is the globally recognized indicator of interior design proficiency. Professional Interior Designers earn NCIDQ Certification by completing a college degree, working required hours in the field and passing the NCIDQ Exam. In many states, NCIDQ Certification is required in order to call yourself an Interior Designer.

Interior Designers

Formal education is REQUIRED for NCIDQ certification.​


Design Focus:

  • Space Planning

  • Design Documents

  • Project Management

  • Furniture, Fixtures & Equipment (FF&E)

  • Environmental Impact

  • Knowledge of ADA and Building Codes

  • Efficiency, Health & Safety

  • Acoustics and Ergonomics

  • Color and Style


Formal education is NOT required.​


Design Focus:

  • Furnishings

  • Color

  • Textiles

  • Textures

  • Accessories

SKP Design

8240 Stadium Drive, Kalamazoo, MI 49009

400 136th Street, Suite 520, Holland, MI 49424


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