Best Online Interior Design Courses

For any space, whether it is a home, an office or any public space, interior design plays a great role. When the right principles of interior design are applied, it automatically elevates the mood and atmosphere of the space. The following are some of the best online courses for interior design. All these courses are available on Skillshare. While the introductory lesson for most of these courses is free, to access the other lessons and the class projects, you will have to be a Skillshare member.

The Principles of Interior Design + Instagram Scavenger Hunt

The Principles of Interior Design and Instagram Scavenger Hunt is one of the best online courses for interior design. The course is available on Skillshare and is offered by Tammy Cody, an experienced interior designer based in San Luis Obispo, California.

This is a foundational course for interior design that is meant to take you through the fundamentals and ensure you have a firm grasp of the concepts.

The course is constructed around four lessons — Introduction, Balance, Unity and Harmony, and Rhythm and Balance. All four lessons are delivered through clear and concise videos that have been uploaded on the platform. It is a short, introductory course. The videos by themselves do not take more than 8 minutes to cover. However, the real test of the lessons is in whether students can apply the principles of interior design they have picked up from the lessons to everyday life. In this regard, the instructor has designed a class project which encourages students to recognize these principles “in the wild”.

The class project, titled Instagram Scavenger Hunt, encourages students to pick one of the principles of design and then spot them “in the wild”. Instagram and Pinterest are great places to find design ideas and this class project is meant to help students devise a method to build mood boards through posts found on Instagram. The students are then asked to upload the images they found on Instagram (with appropriate credits), along with a description of the principle of interior design that you recognize in the image.

Interior Design: Interior Decorate like a Boss

Interior Design: Interior Decorate like a Boss is another example of one of the best online courses for interior design. This course, too, is available on Skillshare. It is taught by Rose Stanek, a designer based out of Seattle. Stanek works as a digital designer with Amazon and has been interested in photography, interior design, and graphic design. The course is meant to take students through the fundamentals of design and equip them to design and create a space from start to finish. Students should be able to create floor plans, experiment with color and a lot more by the end of this course.

It is delivered through 51 lessons which are 1 hour, 4 minutes long in total. There is also a workbook that is provided by the instructor. The workbook is meant to help you navigate the course and track your progress. It has short assignments that guide you while decorating your room. You can pick any room — your own or someone else’s. By the time you are through with your workbook, the room you were working on will be transformed. At the end of the project, you are expected to upload a photograph of the room you have worked on. This course is also best suited for beginners who are approaching interior design from a completely untrained mind. The course has been especially well reviewed for how it has been structured. The concepts build on themselves as the course progresses and a lot of information is conveyed in a short time, without making it complicated.

How to Use Minimalist Interior Design to Live Your Best Life

How to Use Minimalist Interior Design to Live Your Best Life is another one of the best online courses for interior design. The course is offered by Erikka Fogleman, a professional interior designer. Fogleman runs an interior design business in San Diego, California and has several years of industry expertise. While her focus has primarily been on residential design, she has recently started work on commercial ventures as well.

Through Fogleman’s course, students will be able to navigate the principles of minimalist design and create calmness in the interiors that they design. The minimalist design trend has peaked in popularity in the market and it seems like it is here to stay. The course will help students recognize why this trend is so popular and how they can get it right. The course is delivered through 22 lessons, which can be covered within 1 hour, 51 minutes. At the end of the course, you should be able to understand why the trend is so popular, apply the crucial principles of minimalist interior design, declutter with efficiency, use negative space and a lot more. You should be able to give a minimalist touch to any room after this course.

As a class project, students will be asked to print out a template that will be used as they transform any room in their home. Fogleman will guide each student through this process. At the end of the course, students will have a completed plan of how the room can look after applying all the appropriate principles and techniques of design.

Interior Design Essentials: Creating a Color Palette

Interior Design Essentials: Creating A Color Palette is a great interior design course offered on Skillshare. The course is offered by Sarah Earl, an interior designer based in New York City. She has a popular blog called Color Me Quirky. Earl has been in the business long enough to know that the holy grail of interior design is getting the color palette right. Without the right color palette, the design of a room can fall flat. The color palette is one of the basic principles of interior design and Earl’s course is meant to guide students through this.

The class entails eight lessons, which can be covered in 26 minutes. The lessons include videos on ‘basics of color’, ‘psychology of colors’, ‘how to use a color wheel’, etc. By the end of the course, you should be able to identify what is a good color palette and what is not. You will also become well versed with how to choose the right shade of the color for the space you are working on. This is a beginner level course and does not require any prior training.

Final Thoughts

When you enter any space, it will be apparent whether or not any thought has gone into its interior design. When the interior design of a place has been considered carefully, it will transform the space. This does not mean you need to pay an interior designer separately to make your space more beautiful.

The courses mentioned above are as much for professionals looking to brush up their skills and find new techniques as they are for non-professionals looking to give their home a makeover or start to learn the craft for future professional use.