STYLE & ITS IMPACT ON INTERIORS
Personal style is integral to all decorators and key to their reputation. Learn how to identify and establish a personal style, recognise and work with others and their differing styles, and produce décor proposals that are sensitive to the space and design of a project.
DESIGN PRINCIPLES & ELEMENTS
Once you are able to identify and work with the essential ingredients of interior decorating, a decorator should be able to transform any space. The correct use of design principles will make an interior space feel cohesive and well put together.
TEXTILES & FABRICS
Explore the history of textiles, their role, use and application. Also learn to work with repeating patterns, railroaded fabrics and textile suppliers.
Colour is one of the most important elements in interior decorating. Explore the science behind colour, colour combinations and schemes, working with a colour wheel, choosing and using colour, and selecting colour schemes for interiors.
Space planning has a very strong impact on interiors. Learn how to plan spaces in order to ensure comfort, balance and maneuverability.
INTERIOR STYLING & HOME STAGING
Become a pro in styling interiors and staging your home. Once you know how, it’s easy! Learn how to artfully rearrange your existing furnishings, artwork and accessories to transform any room into a stylish, revitalized and inviting space that reflects your personal style and taste.
ART & FRAMING
Art is an important finishing touch for any interior. Every decorator should have a basic understanding of how to recommend and frame art.
Understanding window and interior needs, the right window treatment, selection and application of fabrics for curtains and blinds, working with fabrics – repeating patterns, calculations, measurements and quantities and working with suppliers such as curtain manufacturers.
FURNITURE & UPHOLSTERY
Learn about the history of furniture as well as terminology, styles, selection and application of fabrics, working with fabrics – patterns and stripes, calculations, measurements and quantities, working with professional suppliers such as upholsterers and frame makers.
MOOD BOARDS & SAMPLE BOARDS
Use and put together mood boards and sample boards to communicate with and present work – from fabric and paint swatches to visual references, 3D items, floor plans and more.
Use trimmings to enhance and embellish upholstery, curtains, cushions and other soft furnishings.
LIGHTS AND LIGHTING
Lighting is one of the most overlooked and yet important elements of good interior design. Essential to mood and ambience – look at types of lighting, lighting areas and items in a home or office, working with lampshades (styles, fabrics, measurements) and more.
WALLS & WALL COVERINGS
Due to the surface area it consumes, wallpaper and paint packs a big punch. Wall covering or paint is one of the easiest, and most inexpensive, ways to add colour, art and design to a home or office.
FLOORS & FLOOR COVERINGS
Floor covering is often the most expensive finish installed in a home or office. Look at flooring guidelines, types of flooring, working with flooring experts, flooring trends and more.
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