Interior Design Course Topics

Get excited about our interior design course topics and be prepared to take your design skills to the next level. You have so much to learn and we make it achievable for you. We break the lessons down so they are small and easily digestible. You will hardly know you are learning. Soon you will be able to show off your design skills to all your friends. Read on to see what you will soon learn.


The topic of color is vast but critically important for every area of interior design and decoration. In this topic we learn to understand color, the color wheel, the basics of color and the Munsell Color System. We take on the psychology of color, color schemes and how to create them, popular color schemes, color definitions and meanings, color trends, texture and pattern, color and light. We look into cultural color, personal color, seeing color, spiritual color and spatial color.

Textiles and Soft Furnishings

This topic delves into the different types of fibers and fabrics and looks at the aesthetics of textiles and understanding the textile rating system as well as sustainable design fabrics.

Curtains, Blinds and Drapery

We start with the basics when it comes to curtain design. We look at the different types of windows, the styles of curtains and types of blinds. The headings and curtain tracks available. Shutters and screens as well as the accessories and passementerie available to use with curtains to enhance the look of your drapery designs.

Design Process

Learn the design process so you have a sound grounding for your concept decision making process and structure for how to create designer interiors. Learn about form, function, time, harmony, rhythm, repetition and scale.

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Styles and Periods, History of Design

To be able to create stylish interiors we need to understand the past and what has been before us. It provides inspiration and the framework for the modern day interiors we create today. This topic provides the key points of multiple design styles and periods of design. Some examples are: Gothic, Victorian, Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Edwardian, Georgian, Minimalist, Eclectic, Shabby Chic, English Country, French Empire, Scandinavian, Tropical.

Design Definitions

An A-Z of design terminology – learn the language of design, so many words that you don’t know yet but you will soon!


Lighting is the critical element in any good interior. Learn about the types of lighting, what is light, lighting terms, lighting planning, types of light fittings, lighting terminology. Understand what is color rendering, candela, lux and lumen.


To be a successful interior designer, you need to understand the bones of a building – the construction. We present the parts of a building and how it goes together. This includes windows, walls, understanding sound control, what is insulation, the different types of glass, framing, ceilings and doors.


Interior design isn’t just about making things look good, you also need to do the paperwork and documentation for the project. We cover drafting and measuring, how to site measure, how to draw a floor plan and elevations. We look at understanding CAD and types of plans (blue print). The purpose of a specification, quotations/estimations, using standard specifications, understanding and defining a scope of work, standard contracts.


Get the basic details about materials used for interior design, types of timber/wood, wallpaper, stone, tiles, metals, carpet, vinyl flooring and laminates.

Design Theory

The key to successful design is having a sound knowledge of design theory. Learn about proportion, planes, harmony, contrast, variety, rhythm and focal points.


Decoration is all about the details, learn how to use texture, furniture placement, placing artwork, cushions, rugs and ornaments.

History of Furniture

Understand the features of period furniture. Looking at – Regency, Adam, Chippendale, Jacobean, Louis 14th, 15th and 16th, Queen Anne, Sheraton, Victorian. Not forgetting William and Mary, Elizabethan and Hepplewhite. We also explore the features of 20th Century Furniture designers, we cover Alvar Aalto, Le Corbusier, Charles and Ray Eames, Mario Bellini, Marcel Breuer, Arne Jacobsen, Eero Saarinen and more. We look into specific famous pieces of modern furniture.

Fittings and Fixtures

There are many fittings and fixtures to choose in an interior. We explore many items and areas including, laundry, bolts, electrical planning, door locks and hardware, hinges, glue, light switches, mirrors, screw fixings, window locks.


Stairs are a feature of a home, we look at the parts of a stair, ramps, lifts, stair design, stair materials and we explore some examples of stair design.

Design Business

If you love working in interiors, get the skills you need to start up a new design business. We include choosing a name, creating a brand, how to set up your office, how to work out how much to charge, networking, setting up your office processes, billing, energy, how to make a profit.


Being able to create a design isn’t enough, you need to know how to present it. Learn how to create Color Boards, Mood Boards, Computer Renders and the documentation required.

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