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Interior designers have an artist’s aesthetic sensibility, an engineer’s attention to detail and code compliance and a business executive’s focus on the bottom line. Many people use the terms “interior designer” and “interior decorator” interchangeably, but these professions differ in critical ways. Interior design is the art and science of understanding people’s behavior to create functional spaces within a building. Decoration is the furnishing or adorning of a space with fashionable or beautiful things. In short, interior designers may decorate, but decorators do not design. NCIDQ Certificate holders are interior designers who have been educated, trained and tested to provide the highest standard of knowledge and expertise in creating interior spaces that protect health, safety and welfare. Visit these NCIDQ Web pages to learn more about the leaders of this dynamic, evolving profession.

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