Interior Designer vs Interior Stylist

One of the questions we’re often asked is what is the difference between an interior designer and an interior stylist?

An interior designer is specialized in dealing with spatial planning and material specifications. You’ll find them creating amazingly detailed and render scale drawings, including safety and accessibility issues. According to ASID, “an interior designer is trained to enhance the quality of life wherever you live, work, play and heal.” It goes on to say that interior designers are also often referred to as interior architects because designers are trained to consider the modification of the interior structure of the building, rather than just refinishing and furnishing existing spaces.

So what is an interior stylist?
Vanessa Colyer Tae, who works as a stylist for a home & garden magazine, explained it brilliantly. She said, “designers are scientists and stylists are magicians.”

Styling, in our book, is the icing on the cake.
An interior stylist plans and prepares building interiors for effective use with particular emphasis on furnishings, finishes and aesthetic presentation. They’ll often work directly with the home or business owner who will live or work in the space, rather than working with other building or design professionals. Stylists must be able to identify and accommodate another individual’s taste. Both are essential to the final result, and we at CloClo & Rino, love working with interior designers and architects to help create the perfect interior for every client.