Decor School

Before you can choose a décor school at which you would like to further your studies and satisfy your yearning for knowledge in the field of interior decorating, you firstly need to understand the difference between interior decorating vs. Design. An interior decorator will be trendsetting and on the forefront of what is fashionable, along with knowing where to find reputable and good suppliers. An interior designer – in contrast – design spaces according to customers’ specifications and lifestyle requirements and need to understand building principles and be familiar with construction. A good décor school will combine both these disciplines into its décor courses.

The Learning Group offers the following courses in Interior Decorating and Design:

Interior Decorating courses:

Short Course Certificate in Decorating

Short Course Certificate in Sketch-up

Short Course Certificate in History of Art

Short Course Certificate in History of Architecture

Certificate in Decorating

Interior Design courses:

Short Course Certificate in Technical Drawing for Interior Designers

Short Course Certificate in Building Construction for Interior Designers

Short Course Certificate in Presentation Drawing for Interior Designers

Short Course Certificate in Business Practice for Interior Designers

Certificate in Interior Design

Certificate in Kitchen Design

Advanced Certificate in Interior Design

Diploma in Interior Design

Diploma in Commercial Interior Design

Diploma in Retail Interior Design

Diploma in Hospitality Interior Design

Diploma in Restaurant Interior Design

Before you embark on this exciting journey of creativity and discovery, you need to determine if part-time study is best suited for your circumstances and what your level of passion for interior decorating is, through you choice of décor courses.

Interior decorating courses offered by your chosen décor school will further your education and leave you with a thorough understanding of the industry, along with sufficient insider knowledge that you might upon completion of the course even consider to start your own freelance business. Possible interior decorating jobs will differ depending on whether you will focus on the corporate market, or specialise in home decoration. Interior decorating careers in the corporate market could range from consulting to multi-nationals corporations on their reception/public common arrears as well as the decorating style of their various meeting rooms and staff recreational areas. Hotel chains also need interior decorators to assist with their room schemes and general areas open to the public. An interior decorating career focusing on home interior is possibly more creative and no doubt you will meet many colourful and fascinating people in this line of work. Interaction and consulting to individuals on their homes and rooms is a more intimate and personal experience and will access your creativity more, as you need to work within their guideline and resources.

Your decision to further your talent on a part-time study basis will definitely satisfy your basic human need of self actualisation, whilst having a minimal impact on your existing lifestyle and responsibilities. By attending interior decorating courses part-time will afford you the opportunity to study at your own pace. This method of education allows you to progress through your study material at a pace that you feel comfortable with. Usually colleges will have tutors on standby to assist if you need assistance, but overall you set your own milestones. Part-time study will further enhance your time management skills, as you will be asked to prioritise your to-do list and critically review what is important right now and which tasks/activities can you afford to attend to a bit later.

With the view to be gainfully employed within the interior decorating industry, you will often be tasked to generate décor ideas. A good starting point will be to pick up a few décor magazines from your local books store. These magazines, as well as interior decorating magazines, are sources of creativity and innovation and worthy of taking out a subscription or two. Keep your magazines so that you can in future reference back to them. The many illustrious pictorials and photos will be an inspiration for years to come. Decorating magazines also aid with find suppliers, as they normally provide a list of all the items depicted in the magazine and where to source them from.

Ideas for interior decorating can also be found at design & lifestyle expo’s. Be on the lookout in your local press for these well-advertised events. It offers you the opportunity to spend time with likeminded individuals in a creatively charged environment and interact with the various vendors and exhibitors. Your attendance might even spark a spin-off craft project. Interior decorating ideas can even be harvested from paint catalogues to be found in the local hardware store. In terms of trendsetting these compilations showcase the current popular colours and how to effectively use them in you interior decorating project. They are usually well illustrated and will provide you with the colour codes and which complimentary colours you can use as well. Interior decorating blogs are also an excellent place to exchange ideas and concepts with peers, professionals and novices a like. A general search on the internet will highlight these blogs and you can either follow a few of your favourites or consider starting a blog of your own journey into the ever changing and fun world of interior decorating.

Now that you have a better understand of what creative and challenging rewards awaits you, you still need to choose your décor school. Ensure that the institution through which you will study, will offer you flexible payment options and freedom to progress at your own pace, whilst having tutors on standby to assist you as and when needed. Do not be hastened into a decision, but do not waste your passion and talents either. Enrol today!

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