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Renovate and Decorate

Renovate and Decorate

Chelsea College of Arts
Taught by
Debbie Blandford


Join Renovate and Decorate and gain design inspiration, tips and skills over this 3 day course, as you learn the essential steps to plan and manage a home decoration project.

Under the guidance of a professional interior designer, you will learn simple methods to develop your design concept and effectively translate this into a workable, functional and stylish home design.

You’ll also learn about how to use colour, lighting, materials and finishes when re-decorating your home – and valuable advice on working with builders and tradespeople.

The course will be packed with practical advice and fresh interior ideas to help you unleash your creativity and discover new ways to transform a house into a home.

Please bring plans with measurements and images, in relation to an existing renovation project, along to the first class. If you are not able to bring these along, your tutor will provide you with a hypothetical plan, to work from.

Topics covered

  • Overview of the design process / defining your style / mood boards
  • Planning the space - working to scale / site survey / drawing plans and elevation
  • Planning and elevation’s
  • Furnishings - functionality and aesthetics / how to use colour
  • Kitchens / bathrooms / lighting
  • Sourcing and sample boards
  • Sourcing materials & finishes / hard surfaces / writing a specification
  • Project management / hiring the correct experts

Course outcomes
By the end of this course you will understand the key design processes and steps involved in decorating and renovating a residential interior. You will have the confidence to successfully plan your home design project, plus know how to identify and take the necessary steps to create your desired environment.

Who should attend
Anyone with a passion for interiors; perfect for new or prospective home owners intent on creating their dream interior or re-decorating an existing room or space in their home. This course will give you the tips and insider knowledge to turn your ideas into a reality.


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

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


On the first day of your course, please bring:

  • Pencil and notebook
  • 5m Tape measure 
  • Scale ruler - triangular 1:50 and 1:20
  • Triangular set square 250mm
  • Masking tape
  • Tube of pritt stick or similar
  • Scissors
  • Propelling pencil 0.5 with 2h leads
  • Eraser
  • Fine line pen 0.1
  • A3 folder to carry work is useful
  • Printed copies of your plans, with measurements
  • Images of furniture and soft furnishings
  • Where possible, please bring along any samples

Printed copies of your plans and images, of furniture, soft furnishings etc, and if possible samples, in relation to an existing or hypothetical project.

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