Written by Jenny McFarlane

6 interior design courses you can learn from home

Wondering how to become an interior designer? We’ve rounded up a few great interior design courses to make you a decorating pro before you know.

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There’s a lot more to becoming an interior designer than having an eye for design.

From upholstering to lighting design, we’ve put together this handy round up of interior design courses to make your interior designer dream become a reality.

Interior Design 101

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Why not get an overview of the interior design world with Good Homes’ endorsed My Interior Design School course, £249 which allows you to learn in your own time with 8 inspiring modules to hone your new skills over a year.

While gaining an industry-recognised certificate, you’ll be learning how to create moodboards, get the intel on colour theory and receive expert tutor feedback.


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Sick of looking at tired looking sofas and chairs? Designed for beginner, learn how to upcycle old furniture with upholstery in the 6-part course, The Ultimate Upholstery Guide, £149.99, which will give you the skills to re-upholster your own projects and have a better understanding of upholstery fundamentals so you can then work on others’ pieces.

Colour theory

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Have you always wondered how interior designers use colour to create a certian mood or feeling in a room? It’s no secret that colour is one of the most important elements in design, especially when it comes to creating a happy home environment.

The online course, How to Use Color Like a Pro, £149.99, will show you all about colour psychology, how to use a colour wheel, colour and mood, how to mix patterns and prints, and fundamentals of paint, which you’ll be able to try out IRL with the exercises included.

Lighting Design

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Choosing the right lighting for a room can be daunting. Take the course, How to Use Lighting Design to Transform your Home, £149.99, to learn the principles of lighting design and how to use lighting effectively to alter mood, colour vibrancy and add definition to spaces.

Sustainability in design

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Wondering how, as a newly fledged interior designer, you can do your bit for the environment? The course How to Make your home More Green – Eco-friendly interior design styles, £79.99, will highlight recycling and upcycling old furniture, eco friendly house models, green alternatives to concrete, the importance of home air quality and tips for creating an eco friendly office.

Store Design

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As an interior designer, you’ll not only be designing for residential properties but also commercial units. Store Design, £39.99, is an informative, stimulating course that provides everything you need to design retail stores.

You will create stores that establish a strong image, attract shoppers, and motivate buying; in short, well-conceived designs that sell. During the course, learn how to design a logical floor plan, create effective product presentation, effective lighting design and eye catching storefronts.


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