Sometimes an Interior Decorator takes on the role of an Interior Architect.

Traditional Fireplace As Focal Point
The Interior Designer considers the natural light and existing architecture of a room, identifies an existing focal point*, enhances it, and constructs a complete design scheme around it.

The Interior Architect creates a focal point in a room without one, or adds additional focal points to rooms that already have one, and blends them into an overall room design. In the second instance, the room has to be sufficiently large and important to be able to carry off two or more focal points.

More often than not, the lines between an Interior Decorator and Interior Architect are blurred. Each is involved in space planning, and often recommends erecting or demolishing walls, building structures within a space, adding or removing crown molding, wood paneling, and ceiling treatments.

Stainless-look Media Center and Fireplace
I’m involved in all of the above, and to keep it simple, I’m happy to retain the title of Interior Designer often inspired by Architects.

*Examples of focal points are fireplaces, art work, media centers, pilasters, columns, and lighting fixtures.