Distinguishing Between Painters and Decorators

Regarding home improvement projects, there is a lot of confusion about the difference between painters and decorators. Although both are involved in sprucing up your home, each profession has distinct duties, skills, and qualifications. Understanding the differences between a painter and a decorator can help you choose the right professional for your project.

The Role of Painters

Painters coat surfaces with paint, varnish, or other finishes. They often work with interior walls, ceilings, furniture, cabinets, doors, windowsills, frames, stairs, and railings. They may also be asked to prepare surfaces before painting by doing tasks such as sanding woodwork or applying primer. Some painters may also do minor carpentry work, such as installing trim or baseboards.

To become a painter, one must know colour theory and mix paint to get the desired shade while ensuring that they use quality materials such as brushes and rollers that will stand up over time. Painters must also understand how to mix different paints to achieve an even finish on various surfaces.

The Role of Decorators

Decorators go beyond just painting walls; they specialize in creating beautiful spaces using their creativity and eye for design. Decorators usually start by understanding their client’s style preferences before making recommendations on furniture placement and colour schemes. They will typically suggest adding accents like artwork or decorative pieces that will help bring the room together. Decorators may also be asked to provide advice on lighting fixtures or window treatments for a room, as well as providing tips on how best to use underutilized space areas of a home like hallways or attics.

To become a decorator, one should have knowledge of fabrics, furniture styles, and placement as well as a basic understanding of colour theory so they can make suggestions that clients feel comfortable with implementing into their homes or offices.


In conclusion, when deciding between hiring either a painter or decorator, it is important to consider what type of job needs completing – if you already have an idea of what you want to be done, then you can decide whether you need someone who specializes in painting or someone who focuses more on decorations. Experienced painters will focus mainly on exterior/interior walls, while experienced decorators will focus more on improving aesthetics via furniture placement/colour schemes etc. Ultimately, it all depends on your project requirements when determining which professional is best suited for your needs.