Courses in interior design near London

All style types are catered for...the image is just for illustration

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. All attendees leave with something to treasure (their portfolio), a certificate, and in addition to the key principles - information about a new way to decorate. The latter is a simple system, devised by the Telegraph Trailblazer Award holder, that 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). 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 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. The Autumn courses are now all full, but there are spaces available on two courses taking place in the week of March 23rd and April 27th 2020. 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
  • Introduction to an original and very clever short cut
  • Colour theory and schemes
  • Lighting principles
  • Stylising a room for a quality finish

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" 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 reduced the chances of making expensive mistakes.

Sally McIlroy in Guildford, Surrey, UK on Houzz

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