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Education Requirements for Interior Decorators

Are you looking to start a career as an interior decorator? Taking the first step can be intimidating, especially if you’re not sure which type of training you need!

A post-secondary degree is not required to become an interior decorator. Training is essential, as it will allow you to provide clients with confident answers and efficient designs, but you can get all of your interior decorating qualifications from an online certification course instead of a high-cost associate degree.

The interior decorating certification course provides all the knowledge and skills you need to work in this role. Most design certification courses can be completed in less than a year and offer career-ready training so you can begin working right away.

What You Can Do with an Interior Decorator Certification

Once you complete your interior decorating education, you’ll be able to start your own business or work in an existing design firm. You can choose to focus on designing residential or commercial spaces, or focus on specialty services such as feng shui design and aging in place design.

You’ll work with clients to plan design concepts that suit their living spaces and lifestyles. Using your knowledge of design materials and historical decorating styles, you’ll create mock-ups of your ideas and adapt them to your clients’ preferences. Your role focuses on the overall room design, from choosing color schemes, creating floorplans, selecting and arranging furniture, and accessorizing. As the decorator, you’ll coordinate and oversee your design projects with the help of other professionals such as painters, craftsmen, and other contractors.

Benefits of Learning Online

Through QC’s online Interior Decorating course, you can earn your certification in as little as 3-6 months working on your course a few evenings each week. You’ll study on your own schedule and at your own pace, submitting assignments as you go without worrying about strict deadlines. You’ll study with digital and physical materials, with all of your texts and assignments available in the Online Student Center.

Once you submit each unit, you’ll receive detailed audio feedback from your personal tutor on every assignment. Your tutor will tell you what you did well, and let you know what could be improved. They’ll provide personalized guidance and examples on how you can implement these changes.

What You’ll Learn

In QC’s Interior Decorating course, you’ll learn how to create custom interiors for every type of client. You’ll study a variety of design styles and materials to understand how they affect the atmosphere of a space. Learn about the different purposes of wall and window treatments, and understand how to use color theory to create cohesive schemes. You’ll also watch step-by-step videos that teach you how to create scale floorplans and furniture arrangements.

Your course also comes equipped with full business training that will teach you how to start and effectively run your own business. Find out how to market your skills, charge for your services, and create custom packages for clients.

What You’ll Do

  • Coordinate project tasks and timelines
  • Create scale floorplans and furniture arrangements
  • Work with color theory and create color schemes
  • Select design materials to recreate specific styles
  • Select textiles, flooring, and lighting fixtures
  • Select and apply wall and window treatments
  • Oversee the day-to-day progress of each project
  • Accessorize
  • Redecorate
  • And much, much more!

What You Won’t Do

  • Modify or alter a home’s existing structure
  • Renovations and remodels

Sample Assignment

Throughout your course, you will complete hands-on assignments that allow you to work with real-world scenarios. You’ll refer to your course texts to answer each question correctly, providing photos, design ideas, and solutions when prompted.

In the sample assignment below, you’ll refer to the texts on historical design styles to outline your design concept for a vintage or retro style room. Choose your style, create a color palette, add wall treatments, and accessorize the space.

What You’ll Get

Once you graduate from your course, you’ll receive your certification and professional designation of International Design & Decorating Professional (IDDP). This certification is yours to use for the rest of your career with no additional costs or fees.

You’ll also have lifetime access to the Online Student Center where you can find up-to-date course texts, free business templates, create a professional profile, and submit your work to the student showcase. Plus, you are eligible to enroll in any additional courses at a 50% discount! Further your career with new skills and grow your design business.


Enroll with QC Design School and earn your interior decorating certification in 3-6 months, working on your own schedule and at your own pace. QC’s student support specialists will help you every step of the way. Graduate and start an exciting career that you’ll love!