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Starting an Interior Design Business

Starting an Interior Design Business

Chelsea College of Arts
Taught by
Matteo Bianchi


Starting an interior design business will provide you with the essential skills to manage your business as a professional interior designer. Gain confidence facing the client as a designer, charging for creative time and managing an interior design project.

You will be guided through all the project management steps in detail - including taking a design brief, structuring your design project, sourcing and coordinating suppliers, invoicing, and dealing with insurance and legal issues.

You will learn how to market yourself as an interior designer and manage a design project from beginning to end. We will also discuss approaches to charging for your creative time appropriately.

You'll take part in a number of practical exercises and classroom discussions too and receive advice in relation to the advantages of using social media to promote your interior design business.

Topics covered 

  • Supplying and managing an Interior Design project
  • Leadership and marketing
  • How to start Project Structure
  • Fee proposal and timing
  • Contract
  • FF&E
  • Meeting reports
  • Administration
  • Invoicing and Cash Flow
  • Insurance and Banks
Course outcomes
You'll have renewed confidence in facing the client as a designer, know how to charge for creative time and manage an interior design project.

Who should attend
Existing or prospective professional interior designers keen to make their businesses successful through marketing and other management techniques. Please note that this course is not suitable for architects.


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


Student reviews

“Amazing, inspiring and very knowledgeable [tutor]. Happy to answer any questions.” - Lynda (December 2016)

“The teacher Mateo was very well prepared for the course. He was very clear on his explanations and very open and honest when giving tips and answering to our questions. I am very satisfied with the course”- Ana (July 2017)
“Matteo was an excellent teacher, giving real life experiences of being in the interior design industry. He was very honest and shared some real insight, which was deeply appreciated and inspiring” - Lisa (July 2016)

Tutor Description

Matteo is the inspiring force behind Matteo Bianchi Studio. Always with a smile on his face, Matteo has an eye for quirky details and a passion for bold and balanced design solutions. His bubbly personality allowed him to collaborate with some of the most prestigious clients and unique product design companies in the world.  Originally from Venice, Matteo trained at the University of the Chelsea College of Arts where he now also teaches. Matteo had a dream to become an interior designer 10 years ago: he is now living the dream and successfully leading a global design consultancy. 
Matteo Bianchi Studio was founded in 2007 in London and made by creative and talented Designers, Matteo Bianchi Studio is a distinguished international Interior Design practice that has already successfully developed more than 110 projects worldwide.

The studio’s mission is to create bold and stylish interiors to express your brand (or personality) at its best. We consider every project as unique. For every each one of them, we love to make our clients visions, our own, and to find an elegant, original but yet clever way to bring their dreams to reality.


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

  • Notebook and Pen

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