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Lighting for Residential Interiors

Lighting for Residential Interiors

Chelsea College of Arts
Taught by
Debbie Blandford


Lighting is one of the most important elements of any interior, having the power to change moods and transform spaces. The course is designed to inspire and teach you how to design with light, from the very beginning of a project. From first considerations to calculating lighting levels, positioning fittings and creating the required atmosphere. By designing a lighting scheme for a specific space, you will learn all the fundamental principles. You will also learn how to draw up a lighting plan and specify the required fittings.

Topics covered

  • Planning a lighting scheme from first fix to final specification

  • Working with natural light

  • Artificial lighting, technologies and controls

  • Lighting effects and how to achieve them

  • Light, colour & materials

  • Working with regulations

  • Lighting all areas of the home including gardens

  • Drawing lighting plans & communicating ideas to clients and contractors

  • Writing a specification

Course outcomes
You will leave with an understanding of the language and technology of lighting design, able to use natural and artificial lighting within interiors. What's more, you will speak to contractors and lighting designers, and take briefs from clients, with confidence.

Who should attend
Perfect for design professionals who want to improve their skills, along with existing or potential students keen to design a lighting scheme.

All Levels welcome

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


Online short courses 

Did you know we offer a similar course online? UAL online short courses are designed to help creative people master new challenges, develop their skills, get inspired by new ideas and access the UAL learning experience without having to travel to a campus for class. 

Interior Lighting Design (Online Short Course) 

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Tutor Description

Debbie Blandford has a Masters Degree from the Royal College of Art and 28 years experience working as design consultant to architectural practices and individual clients. She has a passion for working collaboratively and globally, resulting in a truly eclectic career. Projects have included hotels, bars and restaurants, aviation design, exhibitions, and high end residential interiors. 

Clients have included the government of Saudi Arabia. Debbie also designs Furniture offering a truly bespoke interior service as well as developing products with Ross Lovegrove.  

Alongside her professional career she has taught part time across all educational levels in both the public and private sectors as well as delivering specialist courses for companies including British AirwaysThe Foreign Office and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Currently Associate Lecturer at The University of the Arts London & Professor at Syracuse University


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

  • Notebook & Pen

  • Technical 'clutch' pencil size 0.5

  • Circle template

  • 45 degree set square

  • Eraser

  • Pair of scissors

  • Scale Ruler with scales 1:50, 1:20, 1:25

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