If you're wondering what to do with the upcoming bank holiday weekend, or have found that you've got some more time on your hands in general, why not put that time to use and add some new strings to your bow? This could be the perfect time to dip your toe into those interior design classes you've been wondering about, and to try some online interiors workshops to see whether a career (or side hustle) in interior design could be for you.
Here are a few online interior design classes to get you started...
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1. KELLY WEARSTLER'S MASTERCLASS
Kelly Wearstler’s eclectic style helped redefine modern American design and influenced the rise of designer hotels. Now the award-winning designer takes you behind the scenes to demystify interior design. Make any space feel larger, and choose colours, materials, and textures with confidence. Curate collections of art and objects, cultivate your own distinct style, and create spaces that tell a story.
Using colour and pattern is the quickest way to change the mood of a space. From happy, vibrant yellows to calming, muted blues, Kelly Wearstler explains how to use these great tools in her new MasterClass.
The award-winning interior designer is definitely not afraid to use colour and pattern in her projects and masters them with ease by using a few simple tricks such as 'vibe trays'. In the trays, Kelly collects samples of materials and shades to mix and match with ease.
You can watch all of her 17 lessons here. £170 buys you two unlimited Masterclass passes which also gives you access into a wealth of other online video classes, from fashion, make-up and photography to culinary cooking, gardening and creative writing.
2. HARVARD UNIVERSITY - FREE ONLINE CLASSES
Have you always dreamt about attending Harvard University? Now is your chance. They've opened up some of their courses online – free of charge, and open to anyone. Subjects vary, but one of the most popular ones is a course on the history of architecture. It’s 10 weeks long (if you do 3-5 hours per week) and will teach you the fundamentals of architecture through studying some of history's most important buildings.
The course covers the fundamental principles of architecture — as an academic subject or a professional career — by studying some of history’s most important buildings. It will teach you how to understand architecture as both cultural expression and technical achievement. Vivid analyses of exemplary buildings, and hands-on exercises in drawing and modelling, will bring you closer to the work of architects and historians.
Perspective drawing and architectural typology are also explored and you will be introduced to some of the challenges in writing architectural history.
The course also addresses technology as a component of architecture; ways that innovative technology can enable and promote new aesthetic experiences, or disrupt age-old traditions.
3. RITA KONIG'S INTERIORS COURSE
Interior designer Rita Konig is offering an online course through Create Academy, on all aspects of decorating a home. An expert at bringing refined, relaxed comfort to a home, Rita’s effortless style has made her one of today’s most sought after interior designers.
She teaches her first-ever online class with six hours of teaching spread over 36 video chapters. Each 15 minute episode offers interior design knowledge and in-depth tips on her methods directly from her London studio.
Rita’s ‘Create your perfect home’ course is £127. Sign up here.
4. FREE INTERIOR TASTER CLASSES
On Skillshare, try 'How To Decorate Like A Boss', 'How To Plan The Room Of Your Dreams Using Photoshop', 'Total Room Makeover', or 'How To Style A Space' with designer Emily Henderson, which is one of their most popular classes. Browse hundreds of free online classes here.
Or try the free Room interior design course at Oxford Home Study Centre – this 100% free course is ideal for interior design newcomers and existing members of the workforce alike. Learn how to enhance and improve all important aspects of room interior design, with no fixed study schedules or deadlines to worry about.
This introductory distance learning program provides a fascinating overview of the functions, objectives and benefits of room by room designing. Sign up online and gain 24/7 access to their dynamic digital learning platform. Enrol here in just a few clicks.
Furloughed, or got some free weekends? The Inchbald online interior design course can last between 12 and 24 weeks, and at the end of it you can become qualified with a diploma in Professional Interior Design.
Plus, as part of My Interior Design School’s Keep Calm and Get Creative campaign, there’s a £100 discount on its most popular online 12-month diploma, My Professional Interior Design Course, (so you’ll pay £599). Self-paced, there are no exams or deadlines.
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KLC School of Design is also offering an online course on how to design your home in 30 hours.
You could also check out the British Academy of Interior Design. Its industry-standard home study courses range from an accredited diploma, which takes six months and costs £595, to a BA Honours degree in Interior Design in conjunction with the University of Chester.