Courses in interior design near London

The short course is an intensive 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, are open-minded, and don't feel they want or need a longer course - everyone leaves with a portfolio of work and a certificate, as well as information about a new way to decorate. The latter is a simple system (devised by the Telegraph Trailblazer Award holder) that works, and applies to all styles of decor.

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 highly structured to ensure excellent results in minimum time - and standards are high - but the approach is friendly and kind, so everyone is welcome.

It is aimed at those wanting a professional finish in their own home and/or for those looking for a career change (using the portfolio and certificate to find work, or developing things further with a view to self-employment). Similarly, it can be a valuable addition to an existing business and architects as well as soft furnishers have attended. 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 etc - as well as lunch. The latter takes place in a 54 foot long kitchen, lit by Porta Romana, where you sit on Tom Dixon S chairs, and look out on to a garden designed by a Chelsea gold medal winner.

It is more expensive than most short courses in interior design, but it is rather special, and the clever short cut means that it is as valuable as a longer and more costly course elsewhere.

N.B. There is just one place left this Autumn (14th October running on 3 consecutive days), but the 2020 Spring dates will be released soon. A summary of the course content is shown below and recent reviews can be viewed on houzz...

  • The key elements of good design
  • Understanding style
  • The professional route to design via mood, soft furnishings and furniture boards
  • Colour theory and schemes
  • 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 showing the short cut. Many students have benefitted "Your certificate got me this job" designer in Guildford and "I am now offering room schemes as part of my business" curtain maker in London. Others have created a beautiful home and gained much confidence.

Sally McIlroy in Guildford, Surrey, UK on Houzz

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