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Online Interior Decorating Schools and Courses

Interior decorators have a keen aesthetic sense and a flair for beautifying the surroundings. Find out how you can learn this field online and what types of courses are in these programs.

What You Need to Know

Interior decoration programs are more limited in scope than the similar, yet separate program of interior design. These programs prepare you to focus primarily on the surface decorations of a room and are available at various levels.

Programs Diploma, certification
Courses Meeting Your Client's Needs, Decorating with Furniture, Color, Identifying Furniture Styles and Periods, Fabrics, Measuring a Room, Ceilings and Walls
Certification Qualifying exam available to take online after completion of an interior decorating program

What Types of Programs Can Online Interior Decorating Schools Offer Me?

You can earn an Interior Decorating Career Diploma online in six months to two years, working at your own pace. Diploma programs will arm you with the decorating skills to recreate everything from time-honored styles to the latest fads. Here's a list of providers to consider for your courses:

  • C.I.D. (Certified Interior Decorators International)
  • Ashworth College
  • Penn Foster College
  • Pinellas Technical College (on campus - FL)
  • Houston Community College (on campus - TX)

How Do Online Programs Work?

You'll review class notes, view live or pre-recorded lectures and participate in discussion groups online. Like campus-based programs, you'll be expected to purchase required textbooks or other supplies for each course. You'll also need a computer with high-speed Internet access; some schools may have additional software requirements.

For correspondence-based courses, you'll receive most of your learning materials in the mail. Once a lesson is complete, you'll mail it back to your school for grading. You won't have access to a specific instructor, but technical or instructional support is usually available via phone or e-mail.

What Will I Study?

In an interior decoration diploma program, you'll learn how to coordinate colors, match furniture styles and channel movement through a room. You'll study business and marketing concepts, and you'll learn how to work with a client to actualize his or her vision. Online courses cover topics such as:

  • Fundamentals of design
  • Planning color schemes
  • Historical survey of furniture styles
  • Decorating with furniture
  • Window and door treatments
  • Floors and stairs
  • Wall and ceiling decoration
  • Choosing fabrics
  • Arranging lighting
  • Decorating special function rooms
  • Measuring and drawing floor plans
  • Space planning
  • Creating traffic patterns
  • Reading architectural plans
  • Residential planning

Will I Need To Become Certified?

Once you complete an approved program in interior decoration from an accredited college, you may apply for professional membership with Certified Interior Decorators International (C.I.D.). Courses must be in interior decoration - not in the overlapping but separate field of interior design - to meet C.I.D. approval (www.cidinternational.org). You can take a certification exam online and, upon passing it, you may use the title, 'Certified Interior Decorator' - a credential recognized by other industry professionals and clients. You may also apply for a student membership before completing a program.