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Interior Design Vs. Architecture: What’s the Difference?

Updated: Sep 27, 2023

So, interior design vs. architecture - what’s the difference? Interior design and architecture are two disciplines that work closely alongside one another to create spaces that communicate on an interior and an exterior level.

interior design vs. architecture

There are some key differences between an interior designer and an architect, though. As a leading interior design company in South Africa, we’ll be sharing the intricacies of each in this blog post.

Interior Design Vs. Architecture

What Is an Interior Designer?

Interior designers are essentially experts in functionality and aesthetics. Their focus on functionality and spatial planning is where their roles differ from those of interior decorators, who focus on ‘dressing’ the space with furnishings and accessories.

When designing a residential space, the interior designer on the project oversees the internal design process, and space planning, alongside finishes such as joinery, flooring, and lighting. ‘Interior architecture’ is a term that is often used interchangeably with ‘interior design’, which is most certainly a reference to the crossover between interior design and architecture.

What Is an Architect?

Exterior home design
Exterior of a home designed by Architect Karen Mailer in conjunction with SWD.

Architects are brought onto design projects to design the ‘skeleton’ of a home. They are responsible for the design of structures, and often also manage the construction of the buildings they have created.

Skilled architects will almost always work in sync with an interior designer to execute designs that are functional, as well as beautiful to behold.

How Do They Work Together?

Sarah Watermeyer, the founder of SWD, says that “the aesthetic can’t override the functional”.

This is why it is so important for the architect and the interior designer on a home design project to have a keen understanding of their client’s brief, in order to create a home that suits the needs of those who will inhabit it.

Work with One of the Best Interior Designers in Gauteng

Collaboration is key when it comes to creating spaces that transcend mere architectural structures. SWD works hand-in-hand with a network of accomplished South African architects, combining the expertise of both disciplines to craft homes that are not only aesthetically pleasing but also tailored to meet the unique needs and desires of our clients.

Get in touch with SWD to start your journey toward a beautifully designed, functional, and captivating space. Together, we'll turn your dreams into reality.

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