part-time short courses in interior design

The short course is an intensive but very enjoyable three day interior design course that is taught to a semi-professional level in the country house. It looks at the principles of design and decoration with best practice being illustrated with lovely visual examples. It is ideal for those who value quality, don't feel they want or need a longer course, and prefer tuition to distance learning. All styles are catered for, and everyone leaves with a portfolio of work and a certificate.

The courses run in the Spring and the Autumn from 10am-4pm on either the Monday, Wednesday and Friday, or on three consecutive days, of the designated weeks. They are taught by a graduate teacher, KLC trained, with many years experience in design and decoration. Everything is extremely structured to ensure excellent results in minimum time - and standards are high - but the approach is friendly and kind, so everyone is welcome.

Aimed at those wanting a professional finish in their own home, the short course can also be used as a route into the world of interior design (taking the portfolio to interviews, or developing things further with a view to self employment). Similarly, it can be a valuable addition to an existing business. Numbers are kept low to allow for personalisation, and all the necessary equipment is supplied - black fabric portfolio case, art sleeves, mount board, scale ruler, specialist colour wheel and all of the fabrics (as well as lunch). The latter takes place in a 54 foot long kitchen where you sit on original Tom Dixon chairs, so expect to be inspired from the minute you arrive.

Please note that the Spring courses are now all fully booked, but there are spaces available on two courses in the Autumn - the week starting the 16th September (2 places left) and the 14th October 2019. Please contact Sally McIlroy on 01483 811795 or email to request more details.

A summary of the course content is shown below...

  • The key elements of good design
  • Understanding style (with notes on The History of Style 17th Century to Art Deco)
  • The professional route to design via mood, soft furnishings and furniture boards
  • Colour theory and schemes (including the new 90% colour rule - not yet publicised)
  • Lighting principles
  • Stylising a room for a quality finish
  • Introduction to an original and very clever short cut

Each portfolio has a mood and fabric board (as examples), a 1:50 room plan with furniture, and a further board illustrating the clever short cut. Many students have gone on to great things...

"Your certificate got me this job" designer in a Guildford showroom. "Your course gave me the confidence to open my own shop" a home store in Crowthorne and "I am now offering room schemes as part of my business" a curtain maker in London.

Others have created a beautiful home and gained a great deal of confidence.

Sally McIlroy in Guildford, Surrey, UK on Houzz

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