Courses in interior design near London

Chair in Thornback and Peel fabric

The short course is an intensive three day interior design course that is taught to a semi-professional level by a graduate teacher. The principles of design and decoration are explained with best practice being illustrated with lovely visual examples. All attendees leave with something to treasure (their portfolio), a certificate, and in addition to the key principles, information about a new and different perspective on how to decorate. The latter is a simple system devised by the Telegraph Trailbazing Award holder, that applies to all styles of decor, and creates a more original look.

The courses run on three consecutive days in the Spring and the Autumn and numbers are kept low. 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. Moreover, the property is huge so social distancing isn't an issue.

It is aimed at those wanting a professional finish in their own home, but it is also 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). All equipment is supplied; black fabric portfolio case, art sleeves, mount board, scale ruler, colour wheel, extension pack - as well as lunch. The latter takes place in a 54 foot long kitchen 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 trailblazing approach (together with the extension pack) sets it apart from anything else in the UK.

A summary of what is covered on the course is shown below - reviews can be seen on Houzz - and dates and details are on request. Please note the Autumn 2020 courses are now nearly full but a mini course in a morning is available for those not wishing to wait.

  • The key elements of good design including space planning
  • Understanding style
  • The professional route to design via mood, soft furnishings and furniture boards
  • Introduction to a short cut to room design (involving the use of curated images)
  • Colour theory and schemes
  • Lighting principles
  • Sylising a room for a quality finish

Each portfolio has a mood and fabric board (as student examples), a 1:50 room plan and a furniture board. The short cut is displayed in a box.

Many students have benefitted "Your certificate got me this job" Guildford designer and "I am now offering room schemes as part of my business" London curtain maker. Others have created a beautiful home, gained confidence, and had their eyes opened to a new way of doing things.

Sally McIlroy in Guildford, Surrey, UK on Houzz

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