Unit A of QC Design School’s Home Staging Course provides you with a full introduction to staging homes. Find out how to declutter room-by-room, and help your clients prevent the buildup of unnecessary items in the home. Study focal points and room styles, and discover how to apply color in order to accentuate custom interiors. Become familiar with how to use watercolor paints to enhance floorplans, and find out how to start your own home staging business. Also included in this course is a highly useful supplementary booklet that contains a list of categories to use when grouping accessories, as well as a repairs checklist.

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, as well as 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 a space. Lastly, explore some of the most common modern home design 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 interiors using colors that best suit the mood and style of a 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 your 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 decorator 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 business. Learn how to create each section of the plan, including the cover letter, executive summary, and business overview.