How to Design a Room in 10 Easy Steps
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How to Design a Room in 10 Easy Steps

Interior Design Made Simple
4.4 (3,299 ratings)
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12,528 students enrolled
Created by Erikka Fogleman
Last updated 6/2020
English
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This course includes
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 8 articles
  • 16 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Design/decorate nearly any room well using a systematic 10-step method. Each step provides details instructions for that particular element (e.g., how to choose lighting and how to arrange furniture).
  • Identify the best places to buy furnishings for a room.
  • Identify different interior design styles and select your own style for decorating.
  • Create different room layout options for family rooms, living rooms, dining rooms and bedrooms.
  • Create a personalized color scheme that will look great.
  • Create a layered lighting scheme that is both functional and dramatic.
Requirements
  • Measuring tape to measure room
  • Ruler
  • Pen/pencil (pencil is preferred)
Description

Do you find yourself struggling to pull together a room in a way that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing?  

Do you think that interior design is all art and no science?  

If you answered yes to either or both of these questions, then this is the class for you!  In this course, you will learn that you can actually use an easy, systematic approach for creating beautiful and functional designs for the primary rooms  in your home, primarily focusing on family and living rooms, dining rooms, and bedrooms.  (Please note that this class does not cover kitchen or bath design).  This course is primarily lecture based, but does contain activities along the way to help you immediately apply what you've learned, as well as a quiz at the end. 

By the end of this beginner course, you will be able to completely design a room end-to-end using a simple 10-step approach.  Specifically, you will learn how to:

  • Measure a room to maximize the use of your space and select appropriately sized furniture

  • Create your ideal floor plan (various sample floor plans are provided)

  • Identify your preferred interior design style(s)

  • Create a cohesive interior design color scheme

  • Select the appropriate sized rug and furniture for a room

  • Efficiently shop for furniture online

  • Create a layered lighting scheme

  • Learn the secret for making off-the-shelf drapes look custom

The ideal student for this course is a person who is interested in creating functional and aesthetically pleasing rooms in their home, but does not already have a lot of knowledge in interior design. 

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • If you are interested in taking most or all of my courses, I have a recommended order in which to watch them (although it's certainly not required).  I would start with "How to Design a Room in 10 Easy Steps" because most of my other courses are in-depth classes of the concepts touched on in this 10 step class.  Following the 10 Step Course, I suggest moving on to "How to Use Color Like a Pro", followed by "How to Work with Interior Design Styles Like a Pro", then "How to Use Lighting Design to Transform your Home", and finally "Design is in the Details".  My other three courses, "How to Use Minimalist Interior Design to Live your Best Life",  "Use Eco-friendly, Sustainable Design to Improve Your Life" , and "How to Design Your Dream Kitchen" are all stand alone classes on specialty topics within interior design, and therefore, can be taken in any order.

  • Please be aware that this course, or any of my courses, is not intended to provide all of the knowledge needed to become a professional interior designer.  As with any professional field, there is a significant amount of education and/or experience that is needed to achieve competency in this field.  My intention with these courses is to provide some solid foundational knowledge to assist either those individuals interested in "DIY" interior design to work on their own projects more effectively, or to provide supplemental education to both interior design students and professionals.

Who this course is for:
  • This is best suited for individuals with limited knowledge of interior design.
  • This course is for anyone who wants to learn how to create/design a well-pulled together looking room (e.g., family room, living room, dining room, and bedroom). This course does not cover interior design for kitchens or bathrooms
Course content
Expand all 29 lectures 01:22:44
+ Section 1 - Welcome and Introduction
4 lectures 10:46

Welcome to this course!  The introduction will provide you with an overview of what will be covered in this course.

Preview 03:28

This lecture will outline the specific 10 Steps that are discussed in this training.

Preview 01:20

In this short lecture, you will learn how adding 3 simple elements to your room will take it from good to great!

Preview 04:05
+ Section2 - Pre-Planning for your Fabulous Room
5 lectures 07:52

In this lecture, you will learn how to measure a room correctly in 1/2 inch scale (or 1:20 scale using the metric system) and why it's so important to do so. Please note that there are 2 additional resources available in this lecture - one for those measuring rooms using the imperial system and one for those measuring rooms using the metric system.

Step 1 - Measure your Room
02:48

You will have the opportunity to practice what you've learned in the previous section by measuring one of your own rooms and recording it in 1/2 inch (or 1:20) scale.

Activity #1 - Measure your own Room
01:58

You will learn how to think about the functionality of a room you are decorating and why it's so important to do so.

Step 2 - Decide on Key Activities for Your Room
01:27

You will have the opportunity to practice what you've learned in the previous lecture by recording the specific key activities for your room.

Activity #2 - Decide on your own Key Activities
00:50

This lecture will recap what you learned in Section 2.

Preview 00:49
+ Section 3 - Creating the Perfect Mood for Your Room
5 lectures 17:13

You will learn about all of the major interior design styles and how to easily choose a style for your own room.

Preview 05:59

You will get to use what you learned in the previous lecture and will be asked to choose a style for your room.

Activity #3 - Choose your Own Interior Design Style
01:06

In this lecture, you will learn how to create a great color scheme for your room with a simple to use formula.  I will also be reviewing what analogous and complementary color schemes entail.

Step 4 - Choose an Interior Design Color Scheme
08:45

In this lecture you will be asked to choose a color scheme for your room based on what you learned in the previous lecture.

Activity #4 - Choose your Own Interior Design Color Scheme
00:33

This lecture will provide a recap of what you learned in Section 3.

Preview 00:50
+ Section 4 - Selecting all the Right Furnishings for your Room
13 lectures 44:35

In this lecture, you will learn how to choose the right rug for your room based on size, color, and material.  You will also receive recommendations on where you can purchase great rugs.

Step 5 - Choose your Rug
06:16

In this lecture, you will determine the ideal size rug for your room, as well as the ideal colors and material for your space.  

Activity #5 - Choose your own Rug
00:51

In this lecture, you will choose how to choose the right furniture based on size, function and style.  You will also be provided with a variety of different floor layouts for family/living rooms, dining rooms, and bedrooms that you can use in your own home, and you will receive guidelines on appropriate measurements throughout a room.  You will also receive great recommendations on where to find furniture at all price points. Please note that there is an additional resource available in this lecture that contains a number of incredibly useful interior design measurements (separate documents using the Imperial system and the Metric System.)

Step 6 - Choose your Furniture
14:36

In this lecture, first you will determine what furniture pieces you need for your room, and then you will draw in those pieces on your floor plan.  

Activity #6 - Choose your own Furniture
01:03

In this lecture, you will learn about the different types of wall art / wall décor, and how you should choose the right art/décor for your room.  You will also receive recommendations on where you can find great wall art and wall décor.

Step 7 - Choose your Wall Art / Wall Decor
02:49

In this activity, you will select your wall art / wall decor for your room.

Activity #7 - Choose your own Wall Art / Wall Decor
00:42

In this lecture, you will learn about the different types of lighting and how to create a beautiful and dramatic layered lighting scheme.  You will also learn about key measurements for lighting, and will receive some recommendations on where to purchase lighting at all price points.

Step 8 - Choose your Lighting
05:43

In this activity, you will determine what type of lighting you need for your room.

Activity #8 - Choose your own Lighting
00:38

In this lecture, you will learn about the different types of window coverings, and learn how to make your windows appear larger using a common interior design technique.  You will also receive recommendations on where to purchase great window coverings.

Step 9 - Choose your Window Coverings
06:38

In this activity, you will determine what type of window coverings you need for your room.

Activity #9 - Choose your own Window Coverings
00:58

In this lecture, you will learn about the different types of accessories you can use in a room and why including greenery in a room is so important.

Step 10 - Choose your Accessories and Greenery
02:09

In this final activity, you will determine what type of accessories and greenery you need for your space!

Activity #10 - Choose your own Accessories and Greenery
00:44

This lecture will recap everything you learned in Section 4.

Preview 01:26

Quiz to review all course material

Final Quiz
7 questions
+ Conclusion
2 lectures 02:17

This lecture will recap the 10 Steps one more time for you.

Conclusion - Review of the 10 Steps to Great Interior Design
01:29
Bonus Lecture - Do You Love Interior Design?
00:48