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Study the Design Principles and Elements of Interior Design with this comprehensive and engaging online video course.
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.
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 Architecture and Interiors appear across the globe and are very common. They tend to use luxurious, rich fabrics and complicated patterns.
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.
This style is very sleek and functional, study the characteristics of Modern Architecture and Interiors.
Learn about the differences and similarities between Modern and Contemporary styles.
Eclectic is a very popular adjective used in the interior design world, meaning a décor style that comprises quite diverse elements.
The Italian style is quite old fashioned, luxurious, elegant, and very high quality. The use of natural stone is common like Italian marble.
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.
This is a popular style around the world, and it is a very warm and versatile type of environment.
This style remains popular around the world and uses natural materials like wood or stone.
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.
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.
When discussing line, we mean the lines created by furniture, furnishings and architecture in the space.
Shape is defined as the outline of an object i.e., structures or shapes made by connecting lines to enclose a shape.
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.
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.
Texture is the surface quality or appearance of an object. It is used to enhance the features of a room or add dimension.
Space is the area found within a room – this element can be manipulated to make rooms appear more spacious, cosy, or airy.
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.
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.
It is important to use contrast to help create a focal point and prevent interiors from becoming too uniform or too neutral.
Every well-designed space needs a focal point. A space where everything gets equal importance will seem either scattered or boring.
Balance in interior design does not necessarily mean symmetry in design. Balance creates a feeling of equilibrium or stability.
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.
Rhythm is all about creating patterns of repetition and contrast to create visual interest. The purpose is to move your eye around the room.
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.
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.
There can be quite a lot of confusing terms around colour, such as hues, tints, tones, shades, saturation, and value.
We start colour basics by defining colours on the colour wheel into primary, secondary and tertiary 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 are how colours are paired or put together. There are seven types of colour schemes: Monochromatic, Adjacent, Triadic, Complimentary, Split Complimentary, Tetrad and Square.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 floor plans have become the dominant choice among individuals building new homes. Open floor plans can make an otherwise small home seem larger.
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.
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?
Textiles span over 8500 years of human history and are the fabric of society, giving us shelter, comfort, warmth, security, status & expression.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Use the design principles of repetition to bring together the décor on your side tables with the décor in the room.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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