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Interior Trend Forecasting (Online)

Interior Trend Forecasting (Online)

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Simon Hamilton


Interior designers must provide beautiful, unique and on-trend designs for their clients. Doing so requires keeping up-to-date with new and emerging trends, and drawing them into your interior designs, to give your clients the best service. This course will teach you how interior designers source trends, the best places to look, current trends to watch out for, and how to incorporate trends stunning, new interior spaces.

Topics Covered

  • Identifying trends in Interior Design - how they are established and what are their significance?
  • What types of trends are important to design?
  • Different factors for new trends. From materials and manufacturing processes, to popular culture and political influences
  • How can we make sure we are aware of the trends in design?
  • What can you do with trends and how will they be useful for Interior Design
  • What does the future hold for trends?
  • Where you need to be looking?
  • Who / what are the main players / influencers?

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

  • Realised the significance of trends and trend research to the successful interior designer
  • Established key places to look to spot emerging interior design trends
  • Become aware of the key influencers shaping exciting new interior design trends
  • Explored how various driving forces are creating and shaping trends
  • Researched trends that particularly influence you are your unique design style
  • Learnt methods to incorporate trends into your own designs
  • Received personal feedback from your tutor on you work and assignments

Who is Interior Designer Trends (Online) for
This course is essential for interior designers looking to enhance their work and reach their potential. To take part you should have some experience of interior design and understanding of the industry.

Level: Intermediate

Please note: This course is for students 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.


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

Available dates