UNIT B OVERVIEW

INTERIOR DECORATING COURSE

In Unit B of QC Design School’s Interior Decorating Course, you’ll discover basic and modern design materials and explore detailed descriptions and usages for each. You’ll come to understand the reason for floorplans, and how to use them to create custom interiors for your clients.

By the end of this unit, you’ll know how to identify classic design periods and their furnishings, and you’ll be familiar with the different ways that interior decorators market their businesses. You’ll also learn how to decorate with lampshades and draw floorplans to scale with an invaluable supplementary booklet.

Basic Design Materials

Art and design go hand-in-hand. Just as an artist uses paint to create masterpieces, designers must choose the appropriate building materials for each of their interior decorating jobs. Discover the indoor environment and how to properly use hardwood, veneers, plywood, and laminate. Explore the various types of wood finishes, as well as how to incorporate moldings into your clients’ interior décor plans. For exterior spaces, you’ll learn about masonry and how to use stone, brick, and concrete to suit your clients’ taste and style.

Modern Design Materials

Learn how to incorporate exciting modern home design materials such as glass, plaster, stucco, and ceramic into a space. Delve into detailed descriptions of each material and how they can be best used by interior decorators. Discover how to creatively use tiles in your home design plans, as well as the key properties of certain metals such as brass, silver and gold. Create a DIY backsplash using your choice of stainless steel, zinc, or aluminium, and conclude this section with an in-depth look at common plastics and their uses in modern home design.

Understanding Floorplans

Drawing a floorplan is a vital component of the home design process. A well-drawn floorplan is an excellent communication tool, a great way to plan your interior design ideas, and allows home decorators to learn about a room’s dimensions. Discover the different types of floorplan drawings, and learn how to properly measure and sketch a room. Master the important concept of scale through helpful charts, and study the different architectural elements that will be included in your floorplan, such as doors, windows, fireplaces and lighting fixtures.

Classic Design Styles

An interior decorator’s design process needs to include a knowledge of classic styles that can be drawn upon for inspiration. Beginning with Gothic style in the 1500s and moving through to Rococo styles in the 1800s, discover how modern home design has taken many elements from classic design styles. Each design period is accompanied by a guide to help recreate the mood, scale, colors, furniture, and distinguishing features in your client’s home. You’ll also explore the Italian, French and Spanish Renaissance eras and learn how custom interiors can benefit from these classic design styles.

Marketing Your Decorating Business

One of the first hurdles you’ll need to overcome as a business owner is finding clients. Learn the different ways of advertising your interior decorating business, including newspaper, television, radio, and direct mail, and how to use your home design portfolio to attract clients. Study a real-world example of a portfolio page, and use it as a template. You’ll learn how to write effective advertising copy using the AIDA formula, one of the most widely-used techniques in advertising and marketing circles. You’ll also learn how to choose the best photos to accompany your ads.

Supplementary Booklet

One of the first hurdles you’ll need to overcome as a business owner is finding clients. Learn the different ways of advertising your interior decorating business, including newspaper, television, radio, and direct mail, and how to use your home design portfolio to attract clients. Study a real-world example of a portfolio page, and use it as a template. You’ll learn how to write effective advertising copy using the AIDA formula, one of the most widely-used techniques in advertising and marketing circles. You’ll also learn how to choose the best photos to accompany your ads.