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Styling for Interiors

Styling for Interiors

Chelsea College of Arts
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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 in styling you will demonstrate your ability to beautifully create a room from start to finish. Styling for magazines and interior product photography will also be covered.

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 hands on styling session with your tutor.

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 styling sessions 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 and those who wish to grow their knowledge of interior design and styling, whether you are looking to do up your own home or pursue a career as a photographic stylist, interior stylist, interior designer or events stylist.

Course Level

View PDF to explore progression: Interior Design: Your Journey [2938kb]

Tutor Description


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

  • Notebook and pen

  • Scissors and scalpel

  • Paper glue (pritt stick)

  • A selection of interior design and life style magazines which you are prepared to cut up for images

  • Triangular metric scale rule (not a conversion scale) with the following scales, 1:50 & 1:20

  • HB and 2H pencil

  • Pencil sharpener and eraser

  • Masking Tape

  • A selection of paint manufacturer's colour charts

  • Gouache paints and a set of brushes. 

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