Just as in many creative sectors, there is a mix of both trained and untrained professionals operating as interior decorators here in Queensland. At The Style Dept., we are proud to say that our decoration work is backed by formal design qualifications. Today we explore why using a trained decorator matters, and the possible pitfalls of relying on an untrained eye.
A formal tick of approval
To gain an interior decoration and design qualification, every student is put through rigorous examinations where their skills are graded by experts in the field. And it’s not just one area they’re graded on, either; assessment extends far beyond basic furniture and accessory selection into areas such as lighting design, renovation work and industry standard modelling programs, meaning all graduates leave their course with a holistic view of interiors.
A tried and tested formula
Each graduate will approach future projects with a globally tried and tested design process that is used by the most successful design professionals around the world. This process has been developed and refined over many years to prevent design errors, client communication issues or inefficiency within the design process, which may occur when an untrained individual applies their own unvetted design process. Many decorators start out as enthusiastic amateurs, however, some of us have gone the extra distance by investing significantly in our professional development to ensure we apply best practice processes to our work and deliver quality outcomes to our clients.
A professional network
Like many qualified decorators, many of us have further committed to our development and practice by investing in financial membership of a professional network of designers and decorators, giving us access to the latest products, innovations and design trends. We will also have inside knowledge about industry standards and ethics which bind the profession, an invaluable addition to any professional’s arsenal which ultimately benefits our clients.
Our own interior design study was undertaken with Mercer School of Interior Design, Melbourne, Victoria. Read a little about the college and its internationally renowned celebrity founder here.