With 2015 being the 50th anniversary of the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID), we take a look at the vital role that this organisation plays in the industry.

These days, one sees many different badges on the websites of professionals that it’s easy to accept them as symbols of authority without so much as a second thought. However, there are several trade organisations that offer membership for nothing more than a payment, so often these badges can mean very little.

With 2015 being the 50th anniversary of the BIID (British Institute of Interior Design), we thought we’d take some time to celebrate this important interior design organisation and explain what it actually means to be accredited by them.

What is the BIID?

The BIID is the prime professional body for interior design professionals in the UK. As the only interior designers’ organisation to have been granted Institute status  by the Minister of State, it is unanimously considered to be the superior organisation in its field.

What Does the BIID Do?

The BIID represents interior designers across the commercial and residential sectors, from heritage to cutting edge.

For its interior design accreditation program, the BIID only accepts professionals that meet its exacting standards. All applicants are carefully vetted to ensure that they have the requisite skills, experience and qualifications, and those who are granted membership are closely monitored to ensure that they uphold the high standards required of them.

All accredited interior designers are required to continue their professional development, and the BIID works hard to keep members informed about upcoming seminars, exhibitions, mentoring sessions and so on. This helps ensure that all members remain on top of developments in the trade, from new approaches to interior design best practices to regulatory changes.

To choose an interior designer without the BIID’s stamp of approval is to risk leaving your project in the hands of the unqualified and the inexperienced. In an otherwise unregulated profession, it can be easy to unwittingly hire an amateur who may have ‘done up’ a few homes, but who may not have the knowledge, skill and experience required to provide you with the service that you deserve.


William Woods Interior Design has been a member of the BIID since its inception in 1965, when it was known as the Interior Decorators and Designers Association (IDDA). Working exclusively from our own interior design workshops in Harrogate, we specialise in providing bespoke solutions to help our clients realise their visions.

If you’re looking for BIID accredited interior design professionals who have the competence and creativity to help you get the most out of your scheme, get in touch. Call William Woods Interior Design on 01423 530111 or browse our website for more information on our company and the things we do.