Unit A of the Interior Decorating Course will provide you with an introduction to the exciting field of home design, including advanced color theory and a guide to setting up your own interior decorating business.

You’ll explore focal points, color, and room styles and how to create custom interiors. This unit will cover the world of color psychology and how to apply color schemes to home design plans. You’ll also learn how to use watercolor paints to enhance floorplans.

The World of Design and Decorating

Find out what professional home decorators do, and learn which professional qualities you should have to succeed in this field. Explore the various elements and principles of design, which will provide the building blocks for your interior decorating jobs. Learn how to structure the design process with examples of goal statements, client profiles, and written proposals. You’ll also learn how to provide clients with an estimate and convert a proposal into a contract.

Focal Points, Colors, and Room Styles

For home decorators, the focal point is always the most important element to keep in mind when designing any space. Discover how to choose a focal point such as a window or fireplace, plus how to create one when there is no natural focal point available. Study the color wheel, and learn how to create complementary, adjacent and monochromatic color schemes. Delve into color psychology and find out how certain color choices can have a dramatic effect in the home. Lastly, explore some of the most common modern interior decorating styles, including traditional, eclectic, and formal.

Working with Color

Color is an essential element of interior design, and home decorators will have many opportunities to explore endless color palettes. Discover the world of color psychology, and learn how to create custom home interiors using colors that best suit the mood and style of your clients’ home. Learn how to put the color wheel to use to form color schemes using specific tones, tints and shades. Using a provided set of watercolor paints, put color theory into practice by completing optional assignments that will teach you how to mix and create colors to enhance floorplans.

Start Your Own Business

Upon obtaining your interior decorating certificate, knowing how to operate a business is a highly valuable skill. Discover the business skills you’ll need to develop as an interior decorator, including how to set up your business, manage finances, and develop a business plan. A written business plan is one of the most important organizational tools as you grow your home design business. Learn how to create each section of the plan, including the cover letter, executive summary, and business overview.