What You'll Learn
Our Interior Decorating classes consist of 18 easy-to-follow lessons. Each comprehensive lesson introduces an essential skill, followed by in-depth instruction in how it applies in the real world. You’ll also complete challenging practice exercises that reinforce key concepts such as…
- Creating the furniture plan
- Working with suppliers
- Supervising the completion of a project
- The measuring and scale-drawing process
- Drawing the floor plan
Lesson 1: The Decorating Process
Lesson 2: The Measuring Process
The design studio; understanding clients' needs; the lifestyle questionnaire; fees; the design process; creating the furniture plan; contract documentation; working with suppliers; supervising the completion of a project.
Lesson 3: Design Elements and Principles
Measuring tools; wall terminology; the measuring and scale-drawing process; widths; depths; heights; considering electricity and heating; drawing the floor plan.
Lesson 4: Color and Design: Part 1
Scale and size; creating balance; harmony; emphasis; texture; pattern; line; form; space; how to observe; designing for structural and decorative needs.
Lesson 5: Color and Design: Part 2
A historical basis for color; the psychology of color; associations we make with color; cool, warm, and neutral colors; color systems and the color wheel; the three dimensions of color; creating livable color schemes.
Lesson 6: Color and Lighting
color schemes; how colors interact; hue; value; chromatic distribution; how light, texture, and distance affect color; color and mood; using color with building materials.
Lesson 7: Textiles: Part 1
Natural and artificial lighting; types of light; lighting fixtures; solutions for lighting different areas of a residence; lighting conservation; direct and indirect lighting; interior uses of color; color schemes for today's interiors.
Lesson 8: Textiles: Part 2
Types of fibers; natural fibers; man-made fibers; weaves; knits; twists; felting; dyeing; finishing; curtains; casements; drapery; upholstery; slipcovers; walls; lamp shades.
Lesson 9: Floors and Stairways
How to use fabric patterns; formal and informal fabrics; solving design problems with fabrics; period rooms; contemporary rooms; glossary of terms; fabric care.
Lesson 10: Walls and Ceilings
Types of floor coverings; masonry; wood; vinyl; functional and decorative values of rugs and carpets; carpet construction; rug sizes; Oriental and other decorative rugs; stairway types; tread and riser dimensions.
Lesson 11: Windows, Doors and Fireplaces
Rigid and flexible wall coverings; paints; finishes; wallpaper; fabric wall coverings; decorative value of wall coverings; ceiling types and materials; creating illusions with ceilings; raising and lowering ceilings.
Lesson 12: Furniture Selection
What windows do; types and terminology; stationary and movable windows; window treatments and their function; curtains; drapes; door types and functions; door placement; fireplace types and construction.
Lesson 13: Furniture Styles: Part 1
Identifying furniture by type; seating; bedding; casepieces; furniture construction; wood and its functions; wood finishes; wood as a design element; upholstered furniture.
Lesson 14: Furniture Styles: Part 2
Planning for furniture use; sofas; beds; tables; chests; storage furniture; built-ins; Spanish; Early American; Georgian; Queen Anne; Chippendale; Neoclassic; Hepplewhite; Sheraton; Greek Revival; French; Victorian; Rococo.
Lesson 15: Space Planning and Furniture
Contemporary; Modern; European; American; pre- and post-war design; evolution of styles; selecting and mixing styles; wood; metal; synthetics; upholstery; intelligent shopping; care of fine furniture.
Lesson 16: Special Considerations In Room Planning
Unifying an interior; room shapes; needs of occupants; beauty and individuality; how room activities and space affect decorating; conversation groups; dining rooms; bedrooms; family rooms; kitchens; wall treatments; storage units; economic considerations.
Lesson 17: Residential Planning
Interior zoning areas; service, social, and private zones; entertainment and recreation centers; traffic lanes; the front door; entrance halls; living rooms; dining rooms; family rooms; kitchens; bedrooms; bathrooms; children's rooms; utility areas.
Lesson 18: Accessorizing
Basic decorating goals; floor plan design for function and economy; what makes a well-designed floor plan; planning appliances and utilities; using architectural symbols.
Supplement: Decorators and Careers
Understanding architectural styles; Spanish; Southwestern; English; European; Victorian; Modern; current trends; home building options; condominiums; apartments; accessories; screens; art; sculpture; mirrors; lamps; plants.
Residential and non-residential careers; professional responsibilities; the decorator-client relationship; preparing for your career search; where the careers are; computer applications; challenges for the future.
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What You Get
Unlike other online interior decorator courses, the Ashworth College course is 100% self-paced. Study on your terms when and where it fits your schedule. We’ve removed the obstacles so you can move ahead fast!
Carefully selected content ensures our online Interior Decorating classes include a balance of useful theory and practical application. Your tuition covers:
- Beautifully illustrated interior decorating lesson book
- Drawing supply kit
- Online, open-book exams
- Dedicated academic support and tutoring
- Participation in the Student Community
- Career Services powered by CareerBuilder®
Graduates of our Interior Decorating classes receive a personalized diploma and may attend our annual graduation ceremony. Online interior decorator courses set the stage for success in a creative career where your flair for color, space and design can come alive for a fulfilling future.
Design a new career. Start your Interior Decorating classes today. Speak with an Admissions Advisor at 1-800-957-5412 or enroll online now.