Successful Interior Design

Course Summary
Course Details
Fees & How to Enrol

City & Guilds Accredited Programme

Create stunning interiors, and shape your living spaces into something unforgettable.

  • Achieve the City & Guilds Home Interior Design Certificate*
  • Receive the Regent Academy Diploma
  • Flexible home-study to fit learning around your life
  • Personal tutor support

£395* £316*   Enrol from £38.44

Entry Requirements

There are no prerequisites for this course. This course has been designed to enable anyone, no matter their experience, to follow their creative passion.

Our Support Promise

You can phone or email your tutor at any point during your course –
to ask questions, for advice, encouragement or to draw on their wealth of knowledge.

You can also contact the support team who are here to help you Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

What you will learn

Lesson 1 - Introduction

  • Welcome
  • How to use this course
  • Finding a place to study
  • What is interior design?
  • Thinking like an interior designer

Lesson 2 - Colour

  • Introduction
  • The importance of colour
  • Colour theory – the colour wheel
  • Tones, shades, tints and hues
  • Making your own colour wheels
  • Contrasting or complementary colours
  • Warm colours and cool colours
  • Colour schemes based on the colour wheel:
  • Neutral
  • Monochromatic
  • Harmonious
  • Contrasting
  • Split complementary
  • Triads

Lesson 3 - Balance, Accent, Pattern and Texture

  • Introduction
  • Balance
  • Accents
  • Getting inspired
  • Pattern and texture
  • Creating illusions and dealing with problem rooms

Lesson 4 - Project 1: Living Rooms: Styles and Materials

  • Introduction
  • Living room issues
  • Budgets
  • Design styles
  • Materials
  • Walls
  • Ceilings
  • Floors

Lesson 5 - Project 1 Continued: A Living Room Design Scheme

  • Introduction
  • Drawing up a brief
  • Introducing plans
  • Carrying out a simple site survey
  • Drawing a simple plan layout to scale

Lesson 6 - Project 1 Continued: Living Room Furniture

  • Introduction
  • Developing your design
  • Choosing furniture
  • Focal points
  • Drawing your chosen furniture to scale

Lesson 7 - Project 1 Continued: Window Treatments

  • Choosing the right window treatment
  • Blinds
  • Curtains
  • Headings, pelmets, swags and tails and tie-backs
  • Some practical advice for buying and fitting curtains
  • Multi-layered window treatments

Lesson 8 - Project 1 Continued: Lighting

  • Introduction
  • The importance of lighting
  • General principles of lighting
  • More general principles
  • Lighting for living rooms
  • Choosing fittings for living rooms
  • Drawing up your lighting plan

Lesson 9 - Project 1 Continued: Accessorising

  • Types of accessories and the different roles they play
  • Using a theme
  • Using accessories as starting points
  • Arranging and displaying accessories
  • Collections
  • How to choose display collections
  • Choosing pictures
  • Hanging pictures
  • Mirrors
  • Decorative rugs

Lesson 10 - Project 1 Continued: Sample boards

  • Introduction
  • The importance of sample boards
  • Different ways of presenting sample boards
  • Producing your own sample boards
  • Using your sample boards
  • Colour scheme sheets

Lesson 11 - Project 1 Continued: Drawing Elevations

  • Introduction
  • Practising textual effects for elevations
  • Preparing to draw elevations
  • Drawing up your elevations

Lesson 12 - Project 2: Bedrooms

  • Considerations when designing bedroom schemes
  • Design styles
  • Choosing beds
  • Storage
  • Lighting and window treatments
  • Flooring
  • Accessorising bedrooms, including bed linen choices

Lesson 13 - Project 3: Bathrooms

  • The brief
  • Special considerations when designing bathroom schemes
  • Bathroom design styles
  • Suitable materials for bathrooms
  • Baths, WCs, bidets, wash hand basins, taps and fittings
  • Site surveys and drawing sanitary ware to scale
  • Bathroom lighting
  • Building regulations, bye laws and bathrooms

Lesson 14 - Project 4: Kitchens

  • The brief
  • Special considerations when designing kitchen schemes
  • Site surveys and plans
  • How to put modular units to work
  • Kitchen styles and layouts
  • Kitchen lighting
  • Choosing the best materials

Lesson 15 - Project 5: Halls, Landings and Stairs

  • The brief
  • Lighting for safety and lighting for effect
  • Design treatments
  • Suitable materials

How Our Courses Work

Your first course materials will be sent to you when you enrol so you can start as soon as you want. You can then enjoy your course at your own pace, studying when it suits you and where it’s most comfortable. This gives you the freedom to learn around your existing job, family or other commitments or location (including overseas).

Course materials have been developed by experts and are clear and straightforward so your studying is easy and enjoyable.

All coursework assignments are included within your course. As you complete each assignment, simply send it to your tutor who will mark and return it along with valuable constructive feedback to help progress your skills further. (You can also contact your tutor or the support team for help at any point during your studies.) The remaining course materials will be sent to you as each assignment is completed.

After successfully completing all your assignments, you will receive the Regent Academy Diploma and you will also qualify to be awarded our City & Guilds Home Interior Design Certificate* when you successfully complete this course.

Study Length

There are no deadlines for this course. Simply study in the comfort of your own home, and in your own time.

Your progress will depend upon how much time you’re able to commit to study. However, as a guide, most students tend to complete this course in approximately 6-8 months*.

* Timescales are approximate and depend upon application and motivation.


City & Guilds accredited programme

You will also qualify to be awarded our City & Guilds Home Interior Design Certificate* when you successfully complete this course.

You can add this to your CV to demonstrate to prospective employers and potential clients that you have recognised skills.

To receive your certificate, simply call us to register*. You do not need to complete any more assignments or coursework.

Regent Academy Diploma

You will receive the Regent Academy Diploma when you successfully complete this course. With Regent Academy’s reputation this can be a highly sought-after addition to your CV and alongside your portfolio of coursework, powerfully showcasing your skills to prospective employers or potential clients.

What's Next

Once you’ve completed this course, you’ll be able to transform your living space. If you want to take your studies further, and learn to design interiors to a professional standard, take our Professional Interior Design course.

You could turn what you’ve learned into a career, or apply it to your existing role. For advice and support, get in touch with one of our tutors, or contact our support team from 9am - 5pm.

Course fee & how to enrol

There are two ways you can enrol

Pay the total course fee of £395* £316* in one sum and receive a £50 voucher towards your next course
Pay 9 monthly payments of £47.22* £38.44* (£30 administration fee included)


Enrol on both our Successful Interior Design and Professional Interior Design courses at the same time and save over £145

Pay the total course fees of £735* £588 in one sum and receive a £50 voucher towards your next course
Pay 12 monthly payments of £63.75 £51.50 (£30 administration fee included)

(Select the option for ‘Both Successful Interior Design and Professional Interior Design’ at enrolment)

* Students wishing to achieve the City & Guilds Accredited Programme in our Interior Design courses are required to register (registration fee included in course price) – there are no extra assignments to complete.