Unit C of QC’s online Interior Decorating Course will introduce you to the art of space planning, including balance, visual weight, and scale. Discover how to create harmony through the correct placement of furniture in your home design plans, and be introduced to the exciting world of textiles including how to make the right choices for your client’s space. Examine the effects that wall treatments have on different rooms, and learn how to effectively use wallpaper as an alternative to interior painting. Study exciting design styles, including Early American and Greek styles and how they impact present day trends. You’ll also learn how to build strong client relationships as an interior decorator.

Space Planning

Home decorators need to decipher a room’s balance, visual weight, and traffic patterns upon entering the space. Study various floorplan examples of unbalanced and balanced rooms in order to understand key differences. Discover how to establish a room’s axis and scale, and how to create balanced custom interiors for your clients. Keep this unit’s design checklist as a reference when creating interior design plans in your career.

Furniture Selection and Placement

As an interior decorator, your goal is to achieve a harmonious layout in your client’s home through careful placement of furniture. Explore the steps required in making the right furniture choices, including cost, mood, and style, and learn how to choose fabrics. Become familiar with the functionality of different rooms, and understand the role that furniture plays in the design thinking process. Learn the importance of color when choosing furniture, and explore ways to troubleshoot sofas. Study examples of furniture layouts, including dining room, living room, and bedroom ideas.

Designing With Textiles

Discover the impact that the right textiles can have on a home interior, and learn how to incorporate them. Study a list of selection criteria for textiles that includes functional, budgetary, and visual considerations, and use a provided textile checklist to ensure you’ve made the right choices. Discover how to find textile suppliers and build business relationships, and how to collect and use textile swatches to generate home design ideas. Delve into different types of fibres, textile finishes, and rugs. Complete this section of your interior decorating course with an appendix of textile terms.

Wall Treatments

Walls act as the backdrop for modern home designs, and are the basic defining element in every space. Explore various wall treatments such as fabric, plaster and art-friendly wall treatments, and discover the relationship between art and design. Learn different speciality paint techniques such as sponging, ragging, crackling and spattering, and how to use them to create custom interiors. Become familiar with exotic wall treatments such as Trompe L’Oeil, one of the most remarkable faux finish options, as well as murals. Learn how to select, buy and hang wallpaper, as some clients prefer this to interior painting. This section includes an example calculation to help you determine how much wallpaper to purchase.

Early American and International Styles

Early American design styles can be divided into Early Colonial and American Georgian, both of which are explored in this section. Discover specific fabrics, floors and furniture from these historic periods, and travel through the Greek and Gothic Revival periods for an in-depth look at how custom interiors were created. Study Mexican & Southwestern Styles to understand how they directly influenced modern interior design trends. Learn how to recreate each historical style with a useful guide, and come up with unique interior décor ideas for your clients.

Working with Clients

Developing and maintaining strong client relationships is an essential skill for professional home decorators. Familiarize yourself with warm and cold prospects, and study an example of an initial prospect conversation and learn how to build relationships. Learn how to overcome objections and practice different closing techniques that you’ll need to secure interior decorating jobs. Explore client forms and study an example of a customer contract that a home staging professional would use. Examples of job worksheets, change orders, and invoices are all provided, and can be referred to regularly by in your career as an interior decorator.