interior design legislation

Does Legislation Really Help Interior Designers?

Across the United States, the degree to which certain states have interior design regulations varies, with about half the states having some kind of interior design legislation that helps to guide the practice and profession of interior designers. But some raise the question – does legislation actually help interior designers, or does it in fact hinder the progression of the industry? With interior design careers becoming more popular, and the demand for highly efficient, functional and beautiful living and working spaces ever on the rise, this question is one we have to look at in more detail for the future of interior design.

What Does Legislation Mean to Clients?

When clients and consumers see a professional interior designer who is backed by the relevant accreditation body in their state, they know that they can trust this designer with the vision they have for their space. While many consumers may think of interior designers as simply artistic creatives who choose the best color schemes, materials and furniture for a place, a certified interior designer is so much more than that.

An accredited interior designer has an in-depth knowledge of the relevant safety codes for designing an effective work or living space, as well as essential information such as the properties of the materials used, the appropriateness of the design for specific uses, the environmental sustainability, the maintenance required, as well as how the design affects accessibility, flammability and the aging of the environment. This level of skill and knowledge helps clients establish great trust in their designers and incorporates designers as an essential aspect of the project process.

What Does Legislation Mean to Interior Designers?

While some feel that legislation restricts opportunities for unregistered designers, the reality is that legislation expands upon and supports further opportunities for registered designers in a variety of settings. Legislation helps to protect and raise the profile of interior designers, making it easier for them to collaborate with other industry professionals such as architects and engineers.

Rather than taking anything away from interior designers, legislation helps the design force to become more united, better equipped and stronger in their field, making interior design a more essential component of creating an ideal space.

Supporting Interior Design Legislation Matters

Supporting interior design legislation increases the value and opportunities for qualified interior designers, as well as their sponsors and associates. While supporting legislation can feel like a ‘big action’, it actually has small scale and grassroots effects for the design industry, promoting higher quality projects and better material use for the public and private environments in our very own home towns that we see and experience every day. Increasing the recognition of the value and importance that legislation offers to interior designers helps on a large scale to boost the design industry overall.

There are still many states in the U.S. that don’t have effective legislation governing interior design, which means that opportunities to promote and protect the design industry are lost. That’s why it’s so important for both professional individuals as well as companies to align themselves in support of legislation and standards in interior design.


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