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Interior Styling - Reworking Classic Styles to Create Contemporary Interiors

Interior Styling - Reworking Classic Styles to Create Contemporary Interiors

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Tara Larkin


It is crucial for interior stylists to have an awareness of historical and classic styles and understand how they can be reworked to produce current trends. In this course you will explore historical and iconic interior styles, and how they can provide you with inspiration for creating contemporary interiors.

By the end of the course you will have explored different design periods and gained an insight into how relevant and influential they are on contemporary design.

Topics covered

  • We will focus on different styles – Art Deco, English Classic 18th Century, French 18th Century Rococo, English Country House, 20th Century Modern, Bohemian, Shaker.
  • We will look at the inspiration, the furniture design, the patterns and colours of each era.
  • Visual lectures will clarify the unique properties of each genre and its historical context.
  • There will a study trip to an example in London and the tutor will provide students with recommended places to visit.
  • The tutor will illustrate ways the styles can be adapted to create a contemporary interior.
  • You will learn about trends and how classic styles can inform current fashion and marketing.
  • You will undertake a variety of styling projects, including a photo shoot, which will allow you to practise and refine your presentation skills.

Who should take this course?

Students who have explored interior styling and want to build stronger foundations and knowledge based on timeless historical design.

Entry requirements: None

Level: Beginners

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Tutor Description

Tara Larkin has been a London based Interior Stylist for over 20 years. She began her career on editorial magazines and has styled advertising brochures and exhibitions for a variety of well known interiors companies. Currently she styles show homes for property developers in the capital. See her client list and examples of her work at


Materials required:

  • Magazines will be used for research and some will be supplied but students may want to bring in their own inspirational issues.
  • Students may want to use their own laptop or tablet for research.
  • Students will be required to source and bring to college a selection of objects for the photoshoot project, plus a memory stick for digital photos.
  • Projects will be presented on A1/A2/A3 mount boards, basic colours only will be supplied.
  • Scalpel and ruler, pencils, notebook, will be useful for the course.
  • Students will require a valid Oyster card for the bus or tube on the external outing.


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