What is interior styling

Learn the difference between interior design and interior styling...



Styling, staging, setting or accessorizing - they all describe a pretty much same process. No wonder many of us get confused what it really is about. Especially when it is mentioned in some interior design related context. Read on to learn what the difference is between interior styling and interior design.


Oftentimes people get confused with this term, they think the term 'interior stylist' is interchangeable with the term 'interior designer' and they are exactly the same profession. Unarguably, they overlap each other to a certain extent, however there are quite a few significant differences between the two. But these differences can be subtle for those ones who do not have too much clue about these professions. It could be useful for you to be able to distinct between and interior designer and and interior stylist, especially if you are expecting certain services from them to do for you.


Interior designers are specialist designers, they plan and detail commercial or residential buildings dealing with all the spatial planning and material specifications of any room or space within a building. Their role and job is to create functional, safe, ergonomically efficient, yet comfortable and beautiful interiors that are fit for their intended purpose. They are required to have years of formal education and qualification (bachelors degree, advanced diploma) studying both theory and practice of design in depth. Interior design is also referred to as interior architecture because interior designers are trained to consider the modification of the whole interior structure of a building rather than just refinishing and furnishing existing spaces.


Styling is rather 'the icing on the cake' It is a highly creative process which is widely used and applied in many fields of the creative as well as the marketing sector. It focuses on the small details of design and on the so-called finishing touches that are essential in creating a special atmosphere, look or scene. Interior stylists are aesthetic specialists who work with what is already built up and given rather than making major architectural changes, like moving walls or installing services. It is sort of setting the space / staging the scene in order to bring the best and the most out of the facilities under given circumstances, let it be a home, an office, some other sort of interior or a product shooting, magazine or still life shooting.

It is also about making come true one's ideas, visions and needs in a way that that makes the final result remarkable, extraordinary and inspirational, both, visually and ergonomically pleasing and serves one's best personal or business interests.

Styling is the last step or the last layer in the design process that is often overlooked or underrated. However, without proper styling a space can feel unfinished, odd, empty and soulless. Styling is not something frivolous, neither an extra nor a luxury being only reserved for the glossy magazines or wealthy homes.

In fact, it is for everyone. It is for you.



Do you need some inspiration? Have a look at my 'Moments' portfolio.

Do you need some guidance and helping hand to make the most and the best out of your space in terms of style, decor and design? Explore the option how we can work together to create the look and feel you desire.

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Styling and Decorating - Express Yourself

You might have a newly purchased home that needs a full styling service or you already have the big pieces in place but the interior still lacks that "wow" factor and need some help with the smaller details.

Perhaps you just need a sort of design remix to refresh your space and give it a new look.

Or alternatively you are about to sell or rent your property and wish to make it more appealing and valuable for possible buyers and renters. 

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