Evanston Art Center

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Introduction to Interior Design

This is a 10-week class that meets on Thursday evenings from 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm focusing on the fundamentals of interior design. Our goal at the Evanston Art Center is to provide an empowering, fun and informative class helping students with their own home's beauty and functionality.

The class will review how to start a project, draw a layout to scale, and communicate using trade vocabulary. Using a student's designated space, we will renovate and improve the space all based on a "vision board" created in class.

Amy’s class was very enjoyable and was a great intro. to interior design. Amy really made herself available to answer questions and help us with our projects. Thanks to her, I was finally able to to get unstuck and to pick the right colors for my space and finish decorating my entryway and living room!
— Heather, Evanston

I hold an interactive class and listen to interests and needs of students on the first day in order to create a tailored syllabus. This also includes field trips to local furniture stores as well as the Merchandise Mart, which are optional to the class.

Topics covered...

  • Wish Lists / Vision Boards
  • Color Theory
  • Research techniques - Houzz.com, Pinterest, Online Shopping
  • Feng Shui
  • SketchUp free software
  • Space - Proportion, Flow, Accessibility, Function 
  • Surface - Color, Material, Texture, Pattern
  • Environment - Natural Light, Artificial Light, Sound
  • Sustainability Practices, Cost Effective Solutions, Improving your Investment
  • Resources and Vendors - Merchandise Mart, Local Stores, Craftsman and Artists
  • Finding the right Interior Designer, Real Estate Professional, General Contractor

Reference books include: The Interior Design Reference + Specification Book by Chris Grimley and Mimi Love and the Architecture Reference + Specification Book by Julia McMorrough, both published in 2013 by Rockport.