Is an interior designer and an interior decorator the same?
A decorator can be anyone who has a tiny bit of talent to buy things that go together. A designer must attend schooling and is able to submit blueprints to the planning department for a type 5 single story dwelling, knock down walls, space plan a structure, knows HVAC, electrical, lighting, plumbing and such and building codes. Depending on their schooling, and internship they can take the NCIDQ (and in California the CID exam) and/or the CKD/CBD ( certified kitchen or bath designer) exams. The designer schooling is very heavy on architecture. In California you can not call your self a designer with out fulfilling the requirements.