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Colour for Interior Design

Colour for Interior Design

Chelsea College of Arts
Taught by
Lyndall Fernie


Join Colour for Interior Design and discover what an important factor colour is within interior design practice. With a focus on applied colour psychology, you will gain an enhanced perspective that goes beyond traditional colour theory. You will learn to look at colour afresh and explore the ways in which it can be used to affect more than just light, space and mood, to transform a room.

Through a blend of practical exercises and hands-on creative work, you will learn the technical terms and be taught the rules of colour. You will gain confidence in the ways that colour can be used to affect behaviour and enhance wellbeing and how to apply this knowledge to create personalised colour palettes for use in an interiors project. A number of pre-course exercises will be included in your confirmation email. It would be beneficial to have these completed before commencement of course. Please contact us if you have not received these.

Topics Covered

  • Introduction to colour
  • Introduction to colour and design psychology
  • Colour selection
  • Colour schemes
  • Tips and techniques
  • Definition of terms

Course Outcomes
You will leave this course with the ability to recognise successful colour schemes, determine how light and space affect colour and create your own colour palettes. You will have the confidence to discuss colour in a professional manner. Above all, you will understand the power of colour within design, to create truly bespoke interiors to complement and enhance the intended purpose and behaviour.

Who Should Attend
Anyone with an interest in interiors looking for new and forward thinking ways of using colour within design. The perfect course to freshen up your approach to design and help you use colour to create bespoke and innovative spaces.

Course Level

View PDF to explore progression: Interior Design: Your Journey [188kb]

Tutor Description

Lyndall Fernie is the lead tutor for Interior Design short courses at Chelsea College of Arts.

Lyndall began her career in Italy as a professional fashion designer working with Moschino and Versace; later returning to the UK to work in PR for a record label where she worked with many well-known dance groups such as S’Express, Bomb the Bass and Deee-Lite. She went on to study Interior Design, at Chelsea College of Arts and ran Area Squared Design, a successful interior design company, for 10 years, designing high end residential properties in central London. During this time she also opened two interior design shops in the fashionable area of Islington in London selling beautiful interior products.

Lyndall is currently working as a design consultant for private clients, developers, and interior design companies, specialising in the remodelling of high end residential properties. As well as teaching at Chelsea College of Arts she has also taught at other leading design schools including London College of Communication, The Interior Design School London, KLC and The Design school in both Moscow and St Petersburg.


Please bring the following materials with you on the first day:

Set of gouache paints in primary colours, black and white (Winsor and Newton Designers’ Gouache Primary Set is a good option)

  • Interior design magazines to cut up

  • A document folder to keep course notes and practical work in

  • Note pad for additional notes

Please also bring along physical examples (not digital images) of the following - these can include samples of paint chips, fabrics, wallpaper etc.

  • Cuttings of interiors, you feel reflect your personality.

  • Samples of colours, textures, surfaces, finishes you feel reflect your personality.

Most materials needed for the short courses are available at the Chelsea College of Arts' Art Shop. Please contact the Art Shop directly for opening hours and availability.


Available dates