Online Interior Design Diploma
- Get to know the main interior design styles and how to use them, from Art Deco to Scandinavian styles.
- Understand the key Elements of Design, which are the tools to make art, and the Principles of Design, which is how to use the tools to make art.
- Take a thorough look at colour, from colour terminology to colour schemes and much more.
- Learn about space planning in interiors, ensuring the contents are suitable for the space and creating a natural flow.
- Study textiles and fabrics, the various types of textiles, and their uses. With Design Principles and Elements, textiles are a great way to bring texture and colour into an interior space.
- Discover how to decorate and design spaces like a pro with a module dedicated to styling and staging interior spaces.
- You will be tested after each module with a Quiz. Pass the Quizzes to gain your certification.
- The 3 Types of Style That Influence Interior Design Choices
The purpose of this course is to equip you with the skills and knowledge to identify and work with different types of style that impact interior decorating design. By the end of this module, you will understand what style is, be able to identify your own style, identify and work with a client’s style, and identify and work with architectural styles.
- Art Deco Style
Study the characteristics of Art Deco Architecture and Interiors in order to recognise them. Art Deco tends to be bold and flashy but elegant with geometric lines and patterns.
- Victorian Style
Victorian Architecture and Interiors appear across the globe and are very common. They tend to use luxurious, rich fabrics and complicated patterns.
- Scandinavian Style
You don’t tend to see a lot of Scandinavian architecture, but the interior styling is very popular. Colours tend to be soft and calm, with simple lines and little pattern.
- Modern Style
This style is very sleek and functional, study the characteristics of Modern Architecture and Interiors.
- Contemporary Style
Learn about the differences and similarities between Modern and Contemporary styles.
- Eclectic Style
Eclectic is a very popular adjective used in the interior design world, meaning a décor style that comprises quite diverse elements.
- Italian Style
The Italian style is quite old fashioned, luxurious, elegant, and very high quality. The use of natural stone is common like Italian marble.
- French Style
A key characteristic of French style architecture is very tall, curved glass windows. It tends to look casual and elegant; it looks expensive but does not try too hard to impress.
- Industrial Style
This is a popular style around the world, and it is a very warm and versatile type of environment.
- Country Style: Architectural & Interiors
This style remains popular around the world and uses natural materials like wood or stone.
- African Style
African styles are a mix of different types of styles with often some eclectic and earthy influences.
Now that you have learned all of the characteristics of each style, you will learn why styles can often overlap.
- Introduction to Design Principles & The Design Recipe
In this module, you will get to know the Elements of Design, which is the tools to make art, and the Principles of Design, which is how to use the tools to make art.
- Design Element: Line
When discussing line, we mean the lines created by furniture, furnishings and architecture in the space.
- Design Element: Shape
Shape is defined as the outline of an object i.e., structures or shapes made by connecting lines to enclose a shape.
- Design Element: Form
Form, unlike shape, which is 2D, has volume and mass and is 3-dimensional. It often has shadows on its surfaces with faces and sides.
- Design Element: Colour
The use of Colour in interior design is one of the most psychologically important aspects and is the key to successful spaces. Colour can completely change the character and feeling of a space.
- Design Element: Texture
Texture is the surface quality or appearance of an object. It is used to enhance the features of a room or add dimension.
- Design Element: Space
Space is the area found within a room – this element can be manipulated to make rooms appear more spacious, cosy, or airy.
- Design Element: Value
Value is sometimes referred to as tone, it is the relative lightness and darkness of an object and has nothing to do with the price of an item.
- Design Principle: Pattern
Now we will look at Design Principles. Pattern creates interest and can be used for visual impact or to create a certain design style or theme.
- Design Principle: Contrast
It is important to use contrast to help create a focal point and prevent interiors from becoming too uniform or too neutral.
- Design Principle: Emphasis/Focal Point
Every well-designed space needs a focal point. A space where everything gets equal importance will seem either scattered or boring.
- Design Principle: Balance
Balance in interior design does not necessarily mean symmetry in design. Balance creates a feeling of equilibrium or stability.
- Design Principle: Scale/Proportion
Proportion is the ratio between the size of one part to the whole. Scale is how the size of one object relates to another or to the space in which it is placed.
- Design Principle: Rhythm/Movement
Rhythm is all about creating patterns of repetition and contrast to create visual interest. The purpose is to move your eye around the room.
- Design Principle: Unity/Harmony
Harmony is the end result when all the design elements and principles interrelate and work together to enhance the visual appeal of a space and to create a unified message.
By creating a feeling of balance and harmony – using interior design elements and principles effectively – you can affect a user’s perception of an interiors space, giving them a positive, comfortable feeling or creating a desired mood and atmosphere.
- The Impact of Fashion and Colour Trends
There has always been a strong link between interior design and fashion, not only do they share the same aesthetic concepts such as space, shape, and form but they are also an accessible, artistic expression for the masses.
- Colour Terminology
There can be quite a lot of confusing terms around colour, such as hues, tints, tones, shades, saturation, and value.
- Colour Basics and Neutral Colours
We start colour basics by defining colours on the colour wheel into primary, secondary and tertiary colours.
- Warm vs. Cool Colours
When working with warm colours it is important to note that they have a physical impact: raising adrenaline and breathing rate, increase blood pressure and body temperature, thus making you feel warmer. Cool colours often have the opposite effect such as relaxing muscles.
- Colour Schemes
Colour schemes are how colours are paired or put together. There are seven types of colour schemes: Monochromatic, Adjacent, Triadic, Complimentary, Split Complimentary, Tetrad and Square.
- Colour Ratios and Applications
Learn how to apply colours with colour ratios such as the 60/30/10 principle. This is where 60% of the colours used are one colour and these will be found on the walls, floors, and ceilings. 30% will be the secondary colour, found on all furniture and rugs. 10% will be the accent colour used on accessories such as cushions and lamps.
- Using Colour to Trick the Eye
Learn some tricks on how to use colour to trick the eye. You can widen rooms, lengthen them, make them appear smaller or larger, make walls advance or recede, and cool them down or warm them up.
In this course, we discovered that Colour is the most important design element of them all. Colour makes or breaks an interior space.
- Understand why space planning is important to successful interiors
Space planning ensures the contents are suitable for the space and creates a natural flow. Think about how you want a room to feel, either open and airy or safe and cosy.
- Efficient vs. Poorly Planned Spaces
Good space planning has a lot of benefits, the room “breathes”, is functional, has a good flow, is user friendly, it creates the desired mood, and your users tend to be happier and more efficient.
- Types of Building and Space Plans
Space is 3-dimensional: You get floor space expressed as a floor plan, wall/ceiling spaces are expressed as an elevation, and sightlines are how the space looks from the entrances.
- Open and Closed Planned Spaces
Open floor plans have become the dominant choice among individuals building new homes. Open floor plans can make an otherwise small home seem larger.
- Space Planning and The Design Principles
Irrespective of budget, to make the most of any space, you need to understand these basic design principles: Scale and Proportion, Lines, Balance, Rhythm, and Emphasis/Focal Point.
- Tips and Tricks to Space Planning
To make spaces look bigger, try painting or wallpapering the ceiling to make the room look taller. Just avoid making the ceiling a dark colour.
Before you start planning your spaces there are a couple of questions you need to ask yourself. Such as What are the primary and secondary functions of the room?
- Introduction To Textiles & Fabrics
Textiles span over 8500 years of human history and are the fabric of society, giving us shelter, comfort, warmth, security, status & expression.
- Natural Fibres and Textiles
There are two types of fibres that make up a textile, there are natural fibres or synthetic fibres. You will learn about different types of fibres, the pros and cons of each one and where to use them.
- Synthetic Fibres and Textiles
Synthetic fibres are manufactured fibres produced from manmade substances as a result of industrial processing. You will learn about Nylon, Polyester, Acrylic, Acetate, Viscose and Olefin fibres.
- Fabric Know Hows
Fabric comes in different size width, generally, you will get a single-width fabric which is approx. 140cm wide, or a double-width fabric which is approx. 280cm wide.
- End-Use of Textiles and Fabrics
In this section, you will look at the end-use of fabrics, and the way that we can use them is Upholstery, for Window Treatments, for Lining, and also the application on Walls.
- Selecting and Recommending Textiles and Fabrics
In this final section, you will learn some hints and tips when selecting, buying and presenting fabrics.
In this module, we have learnt about all the various types of textiles and their uses. With Design Principles and Elements, textiles are a great way to bring texture and colour into an interior space.
- Introduction to Styling and Staging
Most of us have a general idea when it comes to the basics of styling and décor: furniture you love combined with details that inspire. Learn how to decorate and design spaces like a pro with this module.
- Styling Coffee Tables
Flat surfaces in the home are begging to be decorated, and the coffee table is a great place to play and experiment with various décor items and colours.
- Styling Side Tables
Use the design principles of repetition to bring together the décor on your side tables with the décor in the room.
- Styling Servers and Consoles
There is a simple recipe for styling servers and consoles, some ingredients are trays, interesting lighting, something round like a vase, textured baskets, grounding art, height to balance, and stacking objects.
- Styling Dining Room Tables
A dining table is a far more functional space which means that it is often in use and cannot have too many items on it. So, there is a couple of options to keep it simple, making sure that you can move things easily, while still maintaining an element of styling on it.
- Styling Bookcases and Display Cases
There is something called the ABCs of arranging bookcases, these are Accents, Books and Collections. Bookcases can be styled according to the “triangle principle” using these three types of collectables.
- Styling with Scatter Cushions and Throw Pillows
Interior styling relies on cushions, they are like the “red lipstick of the lounge”. They are also incredibly versatile and are the easiest ways to get the satisfaction of re-decorating without the hassle.
- Styling Seating and Sleeping Areas
When it comes to sofa styling there is a couple of things that you need to think about, the interior style, the level of comfort, and does your client prefer more or less scatter cushions?
- Styling Walls with Art and Framing
You will learn about styling your walls with art and framing. Art is an integral part of décor but if you are working with clients, beware of choosing art only because it appeals to you – it needs to be appropriate for the client’s personal and architectural style.
Styling and Staging comes down to the details. Creating a perfectly-styled home does not happen overnight. It takes time, and that is OK! Be patient. Learn some things along the way. Change things around. Experiment and have fun with it.
|Module 01: Popular Interior Design Styles and How to Use Them|
|The 3 Types of Style That Influence Interior Design Choices||00:01:00|
|Art Deco Style||00:03:00|
|Country Style: Architectural & Interiors||00:04:00|
|Module 02: Design Principles and Elements in Interiors|
|Introduction to Design Principles & The Design Recipe||00:03:00|
|Design Element: Line||00:05:00|
|Design Element: Shape||00:02:00|
|Design Element: Form||00:02:00|
|Design Element: Colour||00:02:00|
|Design Element: Texture||00:05:00|
|Design Element: Space||00:03:00|
|Design Element: Value||00:01:00|
|Design Principle: Pattern||00:03:00|
|Design Principle: Contrast||00:03:00|
|Design Principle: Emphasis/Focal Point||00:05:00|
|Design Principle: Balance||00:05:00|
|Design Principle: Scale/Proportion||00:03:00|
|Design Principle: Rhythm/Movement||00:03:00|
|Design Principle: Unity/Harmony||00:01:00|
|Module 03: Introduction to Colour in Interiors|
|The Impact of Fashion and Colour Trends||00:04:00|
|Colour Basics and Neutral Colours||00:05:00|
|Warm vs. Cool Colours||00:03:00|
|Colour Ratios and Applications||00:05:00|
|Using Colour To Trick The Eye||00:04:00|
|Module 04: Introduction to Space Planning In Interiors|
|Understand why space planning is important to successful interiors||00:01:00|
|Efficient vs. Poorly Planned Spaces||00:04:00|
|Types of Building and Space Plans||00:06:00|
|Open and Closed Planned Spaces||00:04:00|
|Space Planning and The Design Principles||00:09:00|
|Tips and Tricks to Space Planning||00:02:00|
|Module 05: Textiles and Fabrics for Interiors|
|Introduction To Textiles & Fabrics||00:01:00|
|Natural Fibers and Textiles||00:08:00|
|Synthetic Fibers and Textiles||00:06:00|
|Fabric Know Hows||00:10:00|
|End-Use of Textiles and Fabrics||00:04:00|
|Selecting and Recommending Textiles and Fabrics||00:04:00|
|Module 06: Styling and Staging Interior Spaces|
|Introduction to Styling and Staging||00:03:00|
|Styling Coffee Tables||00:12:00|
|Styling Side Tables||00:07:00|
|Styling Servers and Consoles||00:05:00|
|Styling Dining Room Tables||00:04:00|
|Styling Book Cases and Display Cases||00:12:00|
|Styling with Scatter Cushions and Throw Pillows||00:10:00|
|Styling Seating and Sleeping Areas||00:05:00|
|Styling Walls with Art and Framing||00:11:00|
|Recommended Readings – Interior Design Diploma||00:02:00|