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From the basics to specific styles, How to Decorate a Room covers a full spectrum of decorating fundamentals and practical advice. Design basics like choosing color palettes, dealing with lighting options, and determining a floor plan are made easier with step-by-step instructions. Achieving specific styles within a room is attainable with in-depth discussions on color, furniture, and even fabric choices that convey specific themes.

Practical concepts are also covered such as decorating on a tight budget, and dealing with small and awkward rooms. Specific styles discussed include Victorian Romance, Relaxed Pastoral, Beachside Chic, and Sophisticated Glamour. Each style is discussed at length, focusing on topics such as the style's influences, main attributions, and specific elements required to recreate the style. Keeping personalization in mind, alternative options and ideas are presented, giving students the confidence to customize any style according to personal tastes. 

Embedded within each style lesson are focused discussions dealing with particular decorating aspects like decorating with plants, avoiding a museum looking formal room, and decorating for all five senses. These discussions allow the student to acquire a repertoire of decorating techniques.     

This in-depth decorating course was created for novice decorators who need a bit of guidance, or even just inspiration. It is designed to offer plenty of ideas, tips, and boost your design capabilities and creative confidence. After taking this How to Decorate a Room course, you'll feel motivated to re-design your entire home.

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Lesson 1: Introduction

In this lesson, you?ll learn the fundamentals of decorating any room and where to get started on any project. 18 Total Points
  • Review Article: Creating a Simple Floor Plan
  • Complete: Introduction Assignment
  • Complete: Assignment 1: What's My Style?
  • Complete: Exam 1

Lesson 2: Problem Solving

This lesson expands upon the fundamentals in terms of problem solving and working around costly constraints. 16 Total Points
  • Review 3 Articles: Pinterest Account Creation; Room Styler; Do It Yourself
  • Complete: Assignment 2: Color Wheels
  • Complete: Exam 2

Lesson 3: Decorating in Greco-Roman Style

Popular attributions of Greco-Roman style include stately columns, detailed sculptures, and intricately scrolled iron work. 20 Total Points
  • Complete: Assignment 3: Choose a Room
  • Complete: Exam 3

Lesson 4: Decorating in Aristocratic Romance Style

Aristocratic Romance takes its cues from the Romantic era's many expressions and explanations of love, beauty and drama. The overall decorating scheme results in a regal, dramatic look, perfect for both entertaining guests and being alone, with a selection of rich details to showcase an appreciation of artisanship. 17 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Aristocratic Romance Style; Romantic Homes
  • Complete: Assignment 4: Marrying Styles
  • Complete: Exam 4

Lesson 5: Decorating in Relaxed Pastoral Style

The interesting thing about country style, or Relaxed Pastoral, is the various transformations of the style: Shaker, Urbane Cowboy, and Homey Traditional to name a few. 15 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Which Country Decorating Style Is Right for You?; Country Farmhouse Decorating
  • Complete: Exam 5

Lesson 6: Decorating in a Tuscan Simplistic Style

Encompassing Tuscany in a decor takes familiar elements we've already discussed, but alters them for a style that's a bit more refined and dramatic than a Pastoral style room, but not as formal as Aristocratic design. 15 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: 15 Tuscan Living Room Designs; Tuscan Decorating Style Tips and Tricks
  • Complete: Exam 6

Lesson 7: Decorating in a Minimalistic Japanese Style

The Japanese culture prizes discipline, it's no coincidence then that Japanese style is known for minimalism, as a level of discipline is required to pull off a minimalist decor. 20 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: 2 Apartments in Modern Minimalist Japanese Style; 10 Ways to Add Japanese Style to Your Interior Design
  • Complete: Assignment 7: Wabi Sabi
  • Complete: Exam 7

Lesson 8: Decorating Inspired by Safaris

Inspiration for a Safari style rests on the idea of taking a rugged trip into the unknown to explore exotic lands and animals. 20 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Decorating With a Safari Theme: 16 Wild Ideas; Top 10 Safari Interior Design Ideas
  • Complete: Assignment 8: Focal Point
  • Complete: Exam 8

Lesson 9: Decorating Inspired by Indian Spices

The Indian Spice style of decorating intends to be as colorful and interesting as the many varieties of spices used in Indian cuisine. 15 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Indian Ethnic Home Decor; 12 Spaces Inspired by India
  • Complete: Exam 9

Lesson 10: Decorating in Clean Modern Style

A Clean Modern style is a departure from traditional styles in a sense of more sleek, compact, furniture with abstract lines and compositions. 20 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Minimalist Modern Living Room Designs; Clean Modern Home Design Photos
  • Complete: Assignment 10: Functional Designing
  • Complete: Exam 10

Lesson 11: Decorating a Beachside Chic Room

Seaside living embodies a relaxed, comfortable, and soothing atmosphere. 17 Total Points
  • Review Article: Beach Chic Decorating Ideas
  • Complete: Assignment 11: Costal Elements
  • Complete: Exam 11

Lesson 12: Decorating an Industrial Style Room

The idea behind the design inspired by this time is to showcase an appreciation of raw materials and the energy sources used to make the process occur, putting together those elements into something spectacular. 15 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Steampunk Living; Shelterness
  • Complete: Exam 12

Lesson 13: Decorating With Organic Influence

Organic style features the idea of living in harmony with nature in a comfortable, fluid setting. 20 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Interiors with Natural and Organic Elements; 10 Tell-Tale Signs that Your Home Style Is: Organic Modern
  • Complete: Assignment 13: Bringing Nature Into a Room
  • Complete: Exam 13

Lesson 14: Decorating a Sophisticated Glamour Styled Room

The key to achieving a livable approach is balancing the extensive opulent elements with organic shaped and neutral colored details. 52 Total Points
  • Review 3 Articles: Glamorous Living Rooms; Hollywood Glamour Decorating Ideas; Remodelista
  • Take Poll: Course Completion Poll: Your Thoughts
  • Complete: Assignment 14: Your Favorite Style(s)
  • Complete: Exam 14
  • Complete: The Final Exam
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Course Title: How to Decorate a Room
Course Number: 9770425
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: How To
CEU Value: 0.9 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Cathleen Chouinard
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