Interior Design VS. Decorating

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One of my pet peeves is to see a television above a fireplace mantelpiece. I immediately get a crick in my neck, looking up, up, up!

This has become a common, modern-living decorating device that many magazines and decorating sites encourage, but not one that is functional. This is where the major difference between decorating and design lies. (So many people incorrectly use these two terms interchangeably). There is a certain purpose and intention in Design. When you design a space, the point is to create a living environment that is both functional and attractive at the same time.

To design a space is to apply creative and technical solutions within an area – solutions that are beneficial to the quality of life. Interior Design is the practice and science of knowing human behaviour – how one lives and moves within a space, as well as ensuring that all codes and regulatory requirements are met. Decorating, however, is merely adorning a space with trendy and beautiful things!

So if you don’t know where to put that TV, start with some simple questions like ‘Where will we gather to watch most often’? Ask yourself where you can be comfortable unwinding after a long day to channel surf! A television should be mounted at eye level and be a streamlined part of the room design.

Good design will allow you to create a comfortable, functional space that is both attractive and stylish! You should never have to sacrifice one for the other!

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