Interior Designer Course
Interior Designer course brochure
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The 23 Interior Design Modules

 

1 A GOOD FIRST IMPRESSION

Hall functions
Narrow halls
Lack of light
Twelve ways to improve a hall
The hall floor
Getting rid of the hall
Conversely add a hall!
Five ways to enhance a staircase


2. TAKING STOCK

Think people rather than rooms
Peoples needs change
People Checklist
Changes needed in the house
Traffic flow
The need for structural or building work
Checklist for designing a room
Plan of action for designing a room
Considerations to bear in mind


3. STARTING TO SKETCH

Looking at the structure of the house
Adding a window to your drawing
Add a fireplace
Putting in some actual sizes
Transferring the information to graph paper
Add features to your drawing
Lets add some furniture
Transfer your drawing to tracing paper


4. DESIGN AND STYLE

What design and style mean
Design
Style
How fashion affects style
The effect of good interior design
Choice of styles
Architects versus interior designers
The modern look
The traditional look
The eclectic look
Working systematically
Start with the basics
Contrast and consistency
Empathy for the client


5. COLOUR, PATTERN AND FABRIC

Primary, secondary and tertiary colours
Dark/light versions of a colour
Colour schemes in decorating
Secondary contrast
Triadic
Cool and warm colours and the rooms aspect
Cool and warm colours and their impact on apparent size
Putting colour into practice in interior decorating
Some useful colour schemes
Texture


6. THE LIVING ROOM

Functions of the living room
Ten factors that improve the design of your living room
Four ways to give your room more style
Problems of scale in the living room
Upholstery
Open plan living space
Accessories
Children in the living room
Lighting


7. USING A SAMPLE BOARD

What board to use
Elements of a sample board
Putting the samples on the board
Finishing your board
How to make your sample board effective
Disadvantages of a sample board


8. LIGHTING

Lighting issues to be considered
Setting the mood
Health and safety
The different types of lighting
The location of lights
Direct and indirect lighting
Uplighters and downlighters
Mood lighting
Task lighting
Eight ways to make your lighting more effective
Different types of bulb
Using an electrician
Producing a lighting plan


9. FLOORS

The four factors to consider when choosing flooring
Interior designers checklist
Flooring style hard or soft
Carpet
Rugs
Hard floors
Stone
Wood
Specific rooms


10. BEAUTIFUL WALLS AND CEILINGS

A colour for the walls
Breaking up large slabs of wall
Paint effects
Preparation
Tricks and tips for walls and Ceilings


11. DINING ROOM

The dominating dining table
Ten tips for better dining rooms
Dining in the kitchen
Dining with children


12. WINDOWS AND WINDOW DRESSING

Types of windows
Types of window treatment: curtains and blinds
Choice of fabrics and colour
Using a curtain maker


13. KITCHEN AND UTILITY

Your role as the interior designer
Where to find kitchen designers
Where should the kitchen be?
The importance of size
Locating the ideal kitchen
Define your needs
Making sure the room is right
Flooring
Kitchen units and food preparation
Storage
Worktops
Washing dishes
Designing the layout
Eating in the kitchen
Display in the kitchen


14. DRAWING MADE EASY

Plans and elevations
How important are drawing skills?
Our goal
Using software packages
Lettering
Using photographs
Using the photocopier


15. STORAGE

Hoarding
Investigating your storage needs by room
Ways of adding lots more storage
Special storage problems
Storage outside


16. BEDROOMS FOR ADULTS

Functions of an adult bedroom
Storage
A dressing room
Mirrors
The bed
Lighting
Wall space
Window treatment
Design issues
Co-ordinating your colours and fabrics


17. BEDROOMS FOR CHILDREN

Infants and toddlers needs
Decoration for infants and toddlers
Young childrens needs
Decoration for the 5-12 year old
Teenagers needs
Decoration for the teenager
Eight safety points


18 . BATHROOMS

Bathroom functions
Layout
Colour scheme
Improving the bathroom
Fixtures and fittings


19. SETTING UP YOUR PRACTICE

Your home office
Equipment and material you may need
Your company name
Useful magazines


20. FINANCIAL AND BUSINESS SYSTEMS

How much should you charge?
Invoicing
Statements
Going to court
Tax and VAT
Accountant
Indemnity insurance
Business systems, record keeping
Book keeper


21. MEETING THE CLIENT

Meeting the client, the initial meeting
Body language
Listening skills
Defining the clients need
Identify the problems
The clients needs and lifestyle, the clients style preferences
Taking a brief
Charging
Ending the meeting
Letter of Agreement
Presenting your proposals


22. LAUNCHING AND PROMOTING YOUR PRACTICE

Who will use your services?
Techniques for generating enquiries
Getting experience
Handling the initial enquiry
Obtaining a meeting


23 CONCLUSIONS, NEXT STEPS AND ACTION PLAN

Next steps
Action Plan

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