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Developing Your Interior Design Skills at Home


Written by
Yusuf Tamanna
Published date
03 April 2020

Calling all Interior Designers - we’ve put together some suggestions from our interior design short course tutors on what they recommend for students and budding interior designers at this time.

Read on for tips and recommendations of how you can spend your time reading, watching and listening to that will help you develop your skills and understanding of interior design while staying at home.

Sketch Up for Web 

Did you know that you can access a 30-day free trial of Sketch Up for Web? Once installed on your desktop or laptop you can start developing your computer-aided design skills and build a collection of projects through 3D modelling.

CAD Tutorials

If you’re unsure of where to start with Computer Aided Design or you think you’d benefit from a bit of guidance, YouTube has a wealth of video tutorials for students taking their first steps into CAD or those who want to use this time to brush up on their skills.

MasterSketchUp - Learn the complete basics of SketchUp along with more detailed and challenging tutorials to help you perfect your designs.

SourceCAD - Run by Jaiprakash Pandey, a Mechanical Engineer currently working as CAD Corporate trainer, his YouTube channel has over a hundred video tutorials for you to watch to help you build your confidence in using AutoCAD. Learn how to design intricate floor plans, practice your 2D and 3D drawings and find out about hidden features that will help you improve your designs.


Whether you’re looking for inspiration, creative ideas or maybe you just want to know more about the goings on in the interior design industry, these three podcasts are great ways to stay up to date and hear direct from the experts in the field. All podcasts are available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or wherever you get listen to your podcasts.

The House Guest Podcast – Country and Town House Interiors Editor Carole Annett chats with experts from the world of interior design and decoration in this weekly podcast.

Design Matters with Debbie Millman - Dubbed “the world’s first podcast about design and an inquiry into the broader world of creative culture”, Debbie Millman’s podcast rounds up everyone from architects to writers to even musicians and asks to them talk about the designs that continue to inspire them.

Style Hunter -  Alongside his award-winning lifestyle blog, Grant Pierrus’ podcast shines a light on the business side of interior design. Speaking to company directors, CEOs and new-age start-ups, you can hear straight from those in the industry on what they’re doing in relation to sustainability, how crowdfunding can help your projects and how to manage the all-important relationship between architects and interior designers.

We’re still here to help you. Did you know we have online short courses on different elements of interior design including lighting, sustainability and styling? Check out how online short courses can help develop your practice here.

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