Painters and decorators are two groups of professionals who contribute the final beautifying touches to the home, office or building once the structural work has been completed.
A painter is an expert on what paint looks best and is most durable for the exteriors and interiors of buildings. While this seems straightforward, a painter may be called on to repaint surfaces after fire damage, or to counter the effects of mould or water damage. Experience counts when dealing with these additional factors. While a painter will professionally apply the colour you choose to your home, making sure that cutting in is done correctly and the painted surface properly prepared, the role of an interior decorator is more fraught with opportunities to create magic – or a disaster.
A decorator helps conceptualise and execute the interior design of a house or building – the layout of a bedroom, or the fittings in a bathroom, for example. The goal of interior decoration is to provide a certain feel for the room by coming up with decorating ideas. The role includes applying wallpaper and deciding on paint tones, choosing furniture and fittings, such as light fixtures, and providing other decorations for the area such as paintings or knick-knacks. Getting interior decorating right brings big rewards in the form of a beautiful and often inspiring environment.