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Interior Design Trend Forecasting (Online Short Course)

Interior Design Trend Forecasting (Online Short Course)

Chelsea College of Arts
Taught by
Nick Snow


Join this interior trend forecasting short course and gain the practical skills and knowledge to incorporate trends into new interior spaces. You will develop an awareness of past and current home interior trends and learn how to anticipate and track emerging trends in the interior design space.

You will learn about the different factors that drive new trends, from materials and manufacturing processes, to popular culture and political influences. You will also be introduced to how social media shapes home fashion trends, how to apply trends to interiors, interior colour trends and timeless design. There will be an emphasis on home design trends and interior styling and you will be encouraged to create moodboards and concept boards to showcase certain trends.

Through weekly online classes you will gain insight into how interior designers source and predict trends. You will be set weekly research tasks, such as creating moodboards, looking at store layouts and creating trend timelines.

On this course you will learn how trends can be useful for a professional interior designer. If you would like to learn how to be ahead of the trends then this course is for you. Interior trend forecasting could be a step on your way to a career in design, interior styling, trend forecasting or an overlap of all three.


  • Identifying trends in interior design past and present - how are they established and what are their significance?
  • How fashion in interiors links with trends in fashion
  • What types of trends are important to design?
  • How trends are useful for interior design
  • Moodboards and conceptual planning
  • What does the future hold for trends?
  • Influencers who shape trends
  • How does social media influence trends?
  • Trends around the world
  • Consumerism
  • How and how not to apply trends to interiors
  • Timeless design
  • How to depict trends from locations
  • How interior designers source trends
  • Current trends to watch out for
  • Trend timelines

Course Outcomes:
By the end of the course you will have;

  • Established key places to look to spot emerging interior design trends
  • Created moodboards, concept boards and trend timelines
  • Explored how trends are created and shaped
  • Learnt methods to incorporate trends into your own designs

Who is Interior Design Trend Forecasting (Online Short Course) for?
This course is for anyone with an interest in interior design who would like to know more about how to predict and react to interior trends. You may go on to study design in more detail or set up your own interior design or trend forecasting business.

Level: Beginner.

Why choose a Chelsea Online Short Course
Our online learning short courses allow you to experience Chelsea College of Arts wherever you are in the world. The real-time chat sessions are fully interactive allowing you to communicate easily with the tutor at the same time as fellow students. Additionally all Chelsea 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
  • Chelsea Certificate upon completion

Please note that all courses are taught in UK time. To check and compare times please click here

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

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older
Please note that Online courses are closed to all new bookings 48 hours prior to the course starting.

Tutor Description

I began my career as a stylist in homeware at Marks & Spencer. I did this alongside a university degree for Interior Design Decoration in which I achieved a First Class Honours Degree. Since then I’ve gone on to win a national award for ‘up and coming Interior Designer’ and work with some of the best interior designers in the industry. I’ve worked on top broadcasting home makeover shows, working alongside people such as Laurence Llewelyn Bowen, Amanda Lamb, Sarah Benny and Celia Sawyer. This would involve designing and styling around 20 houses at any one given time. I also have my own business, Nick Snow Interiors. I design residential and commercial spaces, style for well known magazines such as Living etc and Condé Nast, complete editorial contents for high street shops and dress show homes for large property developers.As I always say, “You shouldn’t just walk into a room, you should feel like you have arrived”.


Online short course materials
To take part in the Online sessions you will need:

  • An up-to-date web browser (we recommend Firefox or Chrome)
  • The latest version of Java installed on your device
  • Microphone and headphones (a headset with a microphone function is recommended)
  • Webcam
  • A strong internet connection; we recommend using WiFi or ethernet - 2G, 3G or 4G will most likely not be strong enough

Course-specific materials

  • Access to magazines for sourcing research
  • Pen and paper for taking notes

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