Interior Design Course for Beginners

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This interior design course is designed for students of any age keen to grasp the principles and elements of interior decorating with the outcome of being able to confidently style/decorate a room of their own. The course will revolve around Eight Golden Rules of Decorating: Colour, Contrast, Warmth, Balance, Scale, Detail, Surprise and Personality

Each lesson will be supported by visual aids such as display boards, moodboards, sample materials and products, magazines and books. There will be a workshop with hands-on practical exercises whereby students can put their knowledge and creativity to the test. At the end of each lesson there will be time for questions and answers.

There will be decorating and design books available for students to reference for ideas. Printed notes will be offered outlining each lesson’s key points and with advice, tips and tricks to help students. The lessons will include anecdotal information on local and international designers and decorators and practical hints on renovation.

You can also have a look at other Home & Decoration courses we offer, or our Introduction to Interior Decoration Course

Course content

Colour and the concept of home

Defining the concept of home. An introduction to interior decorating and determining your own personal style. We give a general overview of colour theory and colour psychology and assess the power of colour in decorating and learn how to use the colour wheel.

Exercises will include:
  • Quiz finding your own style
  • Identifying primary, second and tertiary colours
  • Choosing colours for different lifestyle situations
  • Creating a colour scheme for a room at home

Contrast – texture and pattern

The elements which give interest to a room and provide the greatest contrast are texture and pattern. We learn about the origins of those most easily recognised patterns and how texture, both visual and tactile, enhances a scheme. We discuss choices in both soft and hard surfaces, from flooring to furniture to bedlinen, from timber to tile.

Exercises will include:

  • Creating a texture file using samples and pictures based on the word groupings: luxury and opulence; neutrals and zen; warm, inviting and rich, and lifestyle choice: coastal, country and urban
  • Choosing fabrics for seating/cushions to complement their colour scheme

Balance – Window dressing

A room is memorable if all elements are well-balanced. Window treatments provide the perfect balance in a room and they include curtains and pelmets, shutters, screens and blinds

Exercises will include:

  • Identifying specific window styles from a selection of magazine tear-outs
  • Determining window treatment for the personal mood board

Scale – Choosing furniture

It’s important to know how to make the most of the available space in a room. We discuss how to choose furniture in scale with the room and how to incorporate new pieces with existing pieces. Furniture includes storage and it’s important to know you can never have enough.

Exercises will include:

  • Drawing up a floor plan to show furniture placement for a small room, large room and L-shaped dining/living room
  • Recognising favourite furniture styles and picking out examples from magazine tear-sheets to show how they can be included in the personal decorating plan

Warmth – Good lighting says it all

Good lighting is key to a warm and inviting home and the value of good lighting to highlight and define your decorating scheme is paramount. It’s also important to have an idea of the effect lighting has on colour.

Exercises will include:

  • Making a basic lighting plan for the personal decorating scheme
  • Choosing the lighting styles --- task, ambient, accent â€" for a variety of rooms

Detail – Little definitive details make a big impact

A decorating plan is not complete without the detail --- think door hardware, light switches and mirror. And then there are the accessories, those introduced embellishments like cushions and throws.

Exercises will include:

  • Collate a visual file from magazine tear-sheets of selected accessories to complement the personal decorating scheme
  • Select fabrics which would go together to make a cushion to complement this scheme

Surprise – It’s the must-have element

An element of surprise is the not-so-serious punctuation point which gives a room credibility. It can be as simple as a jolt of brilliant colour, the addition of a statement chair or a floor to ceiling wall mural. It’s also about using new materials in a traditional way or exploring old materials in a modern way.

Exercises will include:

  • Using pictures/magazine tear-sheets, choose two outstanding pieces/elements to include in the personal decorating plan
  • How to add a sensory element to your decorating scheme
  • A demonstration of how to put together a collection of objects

Personality – Make your spaces express your own personality

A memorable room has great personality. This happens when you apply originality to basic decorating principles and add artworks, paintings, prints, craft, framed photos, family portraits and books - which all serve to humanise a disciplined background.

Exercises will include:

  • The final outcome: Students will complete their personal moodboard/decorating scheme with a visual file of images that expresses their own personality. Each student will be given an opportunity to present their work to the class should they wish.
Please bring to class
  • At least 10 magazine tear-outs of a variety of your favourite rooms and decorating ideas
  • Biro and black fine-tipped felt marker
  • Small colour wheel
  • 1 x piece of A3 boxboard
  • Please wear closed in shoes
  • Gluestick
  • Scissors

Discounts for SCC students are available with the following retailers:

  • 10% discount at Dans Art Design – enter code ‘SCC’ at the checkout.

The link to the Website is DansArtDesign

  • Tilly’s Art Supplies in Rozelle, 10% off
  • Art On King Art Supplies in Newtown, 10% off
  • Eckersley’s Art Supplies in York Street, 10% off

Students will benefit from the wide-ranging experiences of the tutor who has travelled extensively and worked in various capacities, from stylist and interior design editor to colour consultant, key-note speaker and educator.

The lessons will include lots of anecdotal information and practical and fun decorating tips, info on design history and inside information on the work of well-known local and international designers and decorators and helpful tips on home renovation.

About your tutor

Rose-Marie Hillier is a magazine journalist and editor specialising in decorating, design and architecture and her publishing career spans more than 45 years. She is a former Editor of Australian House and Garden magazine and is also a former book editor responsible for titles both in Sydney and in London.

As a social commentator and design journalist she has reported on the design influences and trends both in Australia and overseas, has travelled widely and presented many decorating seminars to homemakers, students, architects and builders. Her greatest passion is colour and she’s trained up as a professional colour consultant. In this role she has worked on private residences, commercial premises and most recently done the fit-out of a private luxury 60-foot power catamaran.

Rose-Marie has also assisted architects in her capacity as a design consultant and furnished display homes and housing estates. She has also spent time in retail advising customers on their choice of high-end fabric and eclectic homewares. She has also done a stint selling couture millinery produced by friend and fellow Sydney Community College tutor, Catherine Kelly. Rose-Marie has been tutoring her course Interior Styling Made Simple at Sydney Community College for four years.

Her decorating style is eclectic and she likes blending the refined with the quirky, the old and new and enjoys frequently moving things around and mixing things up a bit ---- something her husband and son still can’t get used to.

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Course testimonials:

  • said: I enjoyed the expertise and subject knowledge of the tutor, friendliness of the other participants in the course.

  • said: This course is practical, inspirational, and fun! Rose-Marie is passionate about her topic, well-connected, and up-date with trends. She has amassed an amazing array of material which she uses to provide students with a fully sensory experience. We not only "see" various interior design styles, images and colours, we are able to "touch" and "feel" fabrics, hardware, tiles, flooring and designer cushions. I feel a lot more confident about interior design generally and my personal taste and stye in particular. I highly recommend this course to others. Thank You! Carol Davis, Balmain East

  • said: Thoroughly enjoyed the course very informative and got some great ideas. Rose Marie was extremely knowledgeable. Highly recommended

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