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Interior Styling (Online Short Course)

Interior Styling (Online Short Course)

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Simon Hamilton


Interior stylists work across a variety of projects from residential interiors to commercial projects such as restaurants, hotels and show homes. Their skills can take them into other areas such as displays for homeware retailers, interior photo shoots and event styling.

Interior styling is the art of curating furnishings, textures, finishes, lighting and accessories, amongst a plethora of contemporary and antique products. It is a useful skill for interior designers, as well as being a stand-alone profession serving the media, property, and design sectors. This course provides a 4-week introduction to interior styling's visual principles, materials and their application.

Topics covered
  • You will be set a variety of weekly skills based projects.
  • There will be lectures on styling methods and techniques.
  • You will be asked to interpret a brief, develop a concept, and present it for feedback and discussion each week
  • We will look at how to keep informed of trends and place to look for trend inspiration.
  • We will also look at styling compositions and arrangements leading to a room set design.
  • Considerations for working as a freelancer will be introduced in the final session and materials supplied to help you to develop your skills base.

The course aims to introduce you to the important principles of spatial composition and design in order to make your own choices and propose your own interior styling solutions. By the end you should gain a better understanding of interior styling and be able to apply this to your own projects.

Who is Interior Styling (Online) for?
This course is ideal for:
  • Interior designers with an interest in developing interior styling skills.
  • Individuals looking for tips and insights that they may wish to apply to their own homes.
  • Those looking to learn the fundamentals of interior styling and the associated products they will potentially be working with.
  • Property developers looking to develop their own show homes.

Level: Beginner
Please note: This course is for learners aged 18 and over.

Why choose a CSM Online Short Course
Our online learning short courses allow you to experience Central Saint Martins wherever you are in the world. Additionally all CSM Online Short Courses include

  • Live sessions with expert
  • Lesson recordings
  • Practical assignments
  • Personal feedback
  • VLE with course content
  • Forums for support
  • 3 months online access
  • CSM Certificate upon completion

Visit Frequently Asked Questions for further details about preparing for your online course, including any equipment you need.

Please note that all courses are taught in UK time. To compare times, please check World Time Buddy.

Tutor Description

Simon Hamilton has over 25 years in the design industry, including running his own interior design company for more than 10 years completing projects internationally for private and commercial clients. His creative work includes numerous projects for the Workplace, Retail, Hospitality and Residential sectors including interiors for the concept Supergreen Superyacht ‘Soliloquy’ and a boutique Hotel in Venice, Italy. 

Twice elected to the role of International Director for the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) from 2010 – 2014, Simon has represented Interior Designers through presentations to audiences across diverse cultures and attitudes in Europe, Japan, Canada, Russia, India and the USA. Through exposure to design, Simon creates and hosts reviews for architects, designers, students, manufacturers and design publications. 

Since 2014, Simon has been on the judging panel for the International Property Awards and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

For 2017, Simon was selected as a brand ambassador for Decorex to celebrate their 40th Anniversary in September.


Please bring with you to the first session:
  • Scalpel
  • Ruler
  • Pencils
  • Notebook
Magazines will be used for research and some will be supplied but you may want to bring in your own issues if there are any particularly inspiration shoots you have seen. Later in the course: You will be required to source a selection of objects for the photoshoot project.

Technical Requirements:
  • Prior to the start of your course, please ensure:
  • You have a headset and microphone attached to your computer.
  • You have a webcam
  • Your browser has a recent version of Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, or Google Chrome.
  • Your computer is running the most recent version of Java. You can download it from here:
Most importantly, you have a good internet connection with a bandwidth upwards of 1Mbs..

Available dates