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Interior Design & Decorating

Course Overview

Nearly everyone rearranges or designs their home, apartment, office or even individual rooms at some time or other.

Some people do it for personal pleasure, others prefer to contract it out to freelance interior designers and decoraters.

This opens the door to many opportunities for those with a little flair and some creative imagination, but you don't need to be especially talented.

Interior design and decorating is skill you can learn.

It involves learning about colour, space, arrangement, mood, theme, how to sketch an internal design and how to use measurements, selecting and sourcing furnishings and planning out rooms.

The Interior Design & Decorating Basics Course will teach you all these things.

In fact, even though this is a foundation course you can do in your spare time, it is so comprehensive you will feel like you have learnt everythng you need to know to start up your own home business.

This course covers all the principle subjects and elements usually taught only in advanced courses.

You will learn everything from decorating a room to taking a client brief and setting up your own stationary.

Of course, you don't have to get started in interior design and decorating as a business.

You can simply use the skills and knowledge you have gained to redesign and decorating your own home, office or apartment.

What's more, this foundation course is a great way to test the career and see if it's right for you—before venturing into a longer, more advanced program.

It's the perfect way to get yourself started.

Career Focus

Career opportunities include: Interior Designer, Interior Decorator, Colour Consultant, Events Designer. Further study can lead to Interior Architect.

Industries include: private individuals and all businesses.

Interior Designers

An interior designer can be described as a person who creates a functional and quality interior environment.

This person can identify, research and creatively address issues to provide a healthy, safe and comfortable physical environment.

An interior designer has an understanding of people’s behaviour and applies this to create functional spaces within the structures.

Interior designers are responsible for a wide variety of tasks including:

  • organising a space for efficiency and to suit its function
  • talking to clients and architects to work out client needs and intentions
  • developing designs that are appropriate, functional and aesthetically pleasing
  • preparing working drawings and specifications for interior construction, materials, finishes, space planning, lighting and furnishings
  • estimating costs of materials, labour and time, and giving estimates to clients for approval
  • making sure that designs meet building and safety codes
  • organising supplies and instructing tradespeople, and inspecting the work.

An interior designer is also responsible selecting and specifying fixtures, lighting, furnishings, products, materials and colours.

They can design homes, offices, shops, exhibitions, commercial display stands or stage, film and television production sets.

Interior designers may work alone as consultants or with a design group.

They visit clients in their homes and offices, and can work days, evenings or on weekends depending on the nature of their role.

They usually work for clients on an agreed fee basis.

Interior Decorators

If you thought that an interior decorator was the same thing as an interior designer you would be mistaken.

Interior decorators are primarily concerned with surface decoration: paint and colour schemes, fabric, furnishings, lighting and other materials.

Decoration is often characterised as the furnishing or adorning of a space with appropriate—often fashionable or attractive—objects.

Of course, interior designers can also do these things because they learn how to, but they are usually occupied with more design-related issues and don’t have time for the adornments.

For instance, on a project a designer might be busy considering the safety and flammability aspects of a carpet, along with the client’s budget.

Then once the carpet is chosen the decorator might be responsible for liaising with the client on the style, colour, texture and pattern of the carpet.

Designing and Decorating

On large projects and within design teams you will find the roles of the interior designer and the interior decorator quite defined.

However, with the smaller budgets of many home owners, businesses and retail outlets imposing cost constraints, overlaps in the job roles become quite commonplace.

So, at the end of the day, it is definitely an advantage for:

  • an interior designer to have the decorative eye and creative touch of the decorator; and
  • for an interior decorator to have some design knowledge and skills to underpin their role.
 
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