INTERIOR DESIGNER VS. INTERIOR DECORATOR
If you truly need decorating advice—like help selecting draperies, paint colors and coordinating fabrics—you might want to consult an interior decorator, who specializes in surface decoration.
If you’re having trouble figuring out how to reorganize a room so the space functions better, consider working with an interior designer.
Unlike decorators, designers usually have studied design in college and can help you focus on function, safety, building codes and organization, as well as help you choose fixtures, finishes, colors, furnishings and other products. Some specialize only in furniture or kitchens or bathrooms; be sure to find out before you hire yours.