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Styling for Interiors

Styling for Interiors

Chelsea College of Arts
Taught by
Debbie Flowerday, Emma Morton-Turner


You will learn all the skills required to style beautiful interiors and magazine projects. Whether you have an interest in styling real homes, photographic shoots or styling for magazine projects you will learn all the rules of an interior stylist to then create your own portfolio of work.

Structured around an interiors brief and various practical lessons you will learn the principles of styling.

You will learn about colour theory, room layout, how to shop for styling elements and how to introduce texture and fabrics, as well as key interior trends and how to reference periods and styles. You will also have the opportunity to experience a small-scale, styling session with your tutor. An introduction to styling for magazines and interior product photography will also be covered.

Topics covered

  • The role of the Interior Stylist
  • Taking, interpreting and working from a client brief
  • Developing a scheme
  • Design concept and board
  • Trend awareness
  • Colour theory
  • Decorative styles and styling principles
  • The design process of a stylist
  • Displaying collections and arrange furniture
  • Sourcing objects and materials

Course outcomes

You will have acquired the creative and logistical knowledge to style interiors from the concept and mood board through to the space itself. Via a styling session and hands on practical exercises you will learn to consider styling elements, colour theory and decoration techniques. You will also learn how to develop a stylist’s eye and leave with the knowledge as to how to create inviting and inspirational spaces.

Who should attend

Anyone with an interest in interiors looking to grow their knowledge and experience of styling. Ideal if you are looking to pursue a career as a photographic stylist, interior stylist or events stylist. Or perhaps you are simply interested in learning how to style your own home, or prepare it for a future sale or rental.


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

Courses are typically taught by one or more of the tutors listed below.

Tutor Description

Debbie Flowerday has been a visual merchandiser for many years; her knowledge and experience of the display and visual merchandising industry is extensive. She has worked globally for well known retailers including Max Mara, Mary Quant, Estée lauder, Top Shop, Gucci and Royal Worcester. Her key skills include Visual Merchandising, Window Concept and Product Styling, Retail Design, Store Layout, Interior Design, Exhibition, Product Styling, Photographic Styling, Events & Product Launches and VM Training & Guidelines.

Emma Morton-Turner has been an interior stylist for eighteen years working across many magazine titles including Ideal Home, Country Homes and Interiors, House Beautiful, Style at Home and Woman & Home where she was Home Editor for five years. She’s styled many commercial shoots creating company brochures, look books, set up press launches and held press events. She’s also the founder of, a website dedicated to promoting the interiors industry and the stylists, writers and assistants who work within it, with weekly features and podcast interviews with industry experts.


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

  • Notebook, pen and pencils

  • Scissors and scalpel

  • Ruler

  • Pencil sharpener and eraser

  • Paper glue stick

  • Copydex glue (or glue suitable for sticking fabric)

  • A selection of interior design and life style magazines which you are prepared to cut up for images or brochures with interiors products

Please note that most of the materials needed for 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