An Introduction to Interior Design

301 TUTOR: Jenny Quinlan (Dip)

Whether you need some inspiration for your home or are considering a career change into the world of interiors, this fun and interactive course will guide you through the fundamentals of interior design. By developing and curating your own ideas, you will write your own brief, develop a concept, sketch furniture layouts and put together a decorative design scheme from the extensive samples library. Along with the work you have created and developed throughout the week, you will take away a goody bag of tools to continue your design journey.

Course Notes


The half day, week long course will cover a series of topics that will give you a broad understanding of the interior design process, along with specific hints and tips on how to pull together a scheme, source for your project and implement your design.

Whether you're a creative person or one who really struggles to visualise design details, this course is designed to give you practical and easy to follow steps that will take your project from concept to completion.

For this course you will need to bring with you either an iPad or laptop, all other equipment will be supplied. As an optional extra you may like to bring with you some photos and basic dimensions of a room in your home that you would like to focus on. This is not a requirement as we have a fictional room template you can work on should you prefer.

Day 1:

Either using the room template provided, or a room in your own home as inspiration, you will write your own detailed brief and develop a concept mood board for your design using visual tools such as Pinterest and Houzz.

Day 2:

Looking at how the space will be used and who will use the space, we will dive in to the practical elements of space planning, zoning and traffic flow and you will sketch out your furniture plan using a scale ruler.We will also discuss the importance of good lighting and how to transform a room with the right light.

Day 3:

Today we will look at surface finishes, floor coverings, wall coverings and textiles that will suit your space both practically and aesthetically, as well as how to source sustainably.

Day 4:

Carrying over from Day 3, you will continue to develop your decorative scheme, putting together your scheme board using paints, wallpapers and textiles. We will also cover how to estimate quantities of these.

Day 5:

Sourcing. Where to look for your furniture, ironmongery, lighting and accessories to suit all budgets and tastes. How to layer your design with soft furnishings, accessories and artwork. Then to round off the week we will touch on some basic principles to consider for Kitchen and Bathroom design.

During the course you will receive a goodie bag containing some tools to help you continue on your design journey, including paint charts, details of suppliers, a calendar of design events and a list of talented and trusted local trades people that can help you implement your designs.





Course Tutor

Jenny Quinlan

Jenny Quinlan


About Jenny


Jenny Quinlan is an award winning architectural interior designer who specialises in
high end and sustainable residential design. Trained at the prestigious KLC school
of design in London, she then moved on to work at several high end design studios
across London and the South West before founding Studio JQ in 2016.
Aside from running large scale projects for private clients, Jenny also tutors in the
subject, delivers keynotes across the country, hosts workshops and masterminds for
other designers and mentors new graduates.
Outside of design, she is a qualified care farmer and works with children and young
people who are facing challenges from her smallholding near Devizes, developing
their confidence, empathy and skills towards a brighter future.


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