Easy Ways To School Yourself Up On Pro Interior Design

School's in.

Buying a new home, renovating or changing rental property?

Whatever your living situation, you’re probably in need of a lesson or two on interior design and the main principles needed to make your pad look like a million bucks.

Check out one or more of these beginner-friendly design courses, workshops and events and you’ll be styling the hell out of any room in no time.

Lighting Design Workshop

Where: International School of Colour and Design
When: Saturday 11 November 2017
How much: $225

Look into the light and become an illumination expert with this immersive workshop that deals with architectural lighting design, different types of luminaries (and their myriad uses) and lighting integration.

Go through practical exercises that help in the understanding of how to create a successful lighting scheme and traverse the world of mounting, colour temperature and sustainability. A field trip to a lighting showroom caps off this enjoyable workshop.

Building Design & Process With James Treble

Where: International School of Colour and Design
When: Sunday 26 November 2017
How much: $390

The best way to pick up some handy new design skills is to learn from an expert. And they don’t come more expert than celeb stylist and interior designer James Treble.

For the more architecturally minded dudes who are planning a new build, this one is right up your alley. With everything from analysing and understanding house plans to internal colour schemes and feature walls, you’ll form a solid foundation of useful knowledge under James’ tutelage.

Trend Union 2019 Home & Fashion Seminar

Where: The Studio – 2/85 Dunning Avenue Rosebery, Sydney
When: Wednesday January 10, 2018
How much: from $210

Our home is our refuge, our sanctuary, our own slice of heaven, and the Spiritual House: Home & Lifestyle 2019 seminar will help secure the serenity of well-styled digs by looking at trends in textiles, colour, interiors and materials.

Presented by Philip Fimmano, the seminar will be followed by a round table discussion with David Clark. “The spiritual home is a new domain in which our relationship to furniture, objects, materials and colours will gently shift, promising real change and great hope for the future.”

Design Canberra Festival

Where: Various locations
When: 6 – 26 November
How much: varies, but most events are free

Canberra tends to get a bad rap, but after recently being named the third best city in the world by Lonely Planet, we’re thinking there must be more to our nation’s capital than meets the eye.

And the Design Canberra Festival could be the winning ticket. Promoting Canberra as an international city of design, this year there’ll be more than 100 exhibitions, talks and tours, events and demonstrations.

Check out the full schedule here.

Canberra Modern: The Other Moderns

Where: Drawing Room, Australian National Uni, ACT
When: Tuesday 14 November 2017
How much: free

Held in conjunction with the Design Canberra Festival, this free seminar delves into the world of famed Australian architect Harry Seidler and his overlooked contemporaries.

Like Seidler, these émigré architects, interior designers, and furniture makers created ground-breaking modernist designs that are still inspirational and relevant today. Tune in for tips on modern style that never go out of fashion.

A collection of furniture from the Hotel Hotel Canberra will be on show, as will photographs from Margaret Michaelis.

For more info, visit here.

Introduction To Interior Design Certificate

Where: Online

We all have to start somewhere, and for guys looking to get started right, an Introduction to Interior Design course is perfect.

The online certificate offers flexibility and runs through subjects like Elements of Design, Context of Colour, Selecting a Style, Flooring, Special Treatments, Walls and Windows and Finishing Touches.

Additionally, you’ll be schooled on architectural styles and how to arrange furniture and furnishings to full effect.

For more info, visit here.

Interior Styling Made Simple

Where: Sydney Community College
How much: $359

Let’s face it: styling is not every man’s specialty, and if you’re a little hopeless when it comes to kitting out a room, consider the Interior Styling Made Simple course.

Spanning 8 lessons, the classes will help you pick up useful renovation tips while exploring the Eight Golden Rules of Decorating: Colour, Contrast, Warmth, Balance, Scale, Detail, Surprise and Personality.