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Architect Vs Interior Designer: What's the Difference?

House 1 min read

22 Jul 2020

House2Home: The Complete Guide to Renovating or Redecorating


Are you planning to renovate your home, but not sure whether you need an architect or an interior designer? 

As part of our House2Home series, where we're sharing expert advice on renovating and redecorating, we sat down with with architect and interior designer and presenter of RTE’s Home Rescue, Roisin Murphy, who told us when you might need one over the other.  

The Difference Between an Architect and Interior Designer

'The difference between an architect and an interior designer is essentially an architect really deals with a lot of concrete, and a lot of builders and a lot of legal requirements such as planning. Generally speaking, an architect is someone who brings you right from the earth, out to the planning permission to the final shell/core of a room.'

'Again usually, not always, interior designer is very much concentrated on the inside of the home - the nuts and bolts of the inside of a home or a room.'

 'It doesn’t mean that you can’t get an interior designer that doesn’t do both. An architect can definitely do both, but they often have a different style of different palette than an interior designer.

It's nice to get someone that’s good a both things - as you get more bang for your buck!' 


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