A while back I enrolled on the KLC Open Learning Interior Design Diploma course, the course itself is quite time intensive as you’ll be able to see from this post. I choose KLC Design School because it is a highly regarded school within the industry. This is an excerpt of some of the work required for project 2 of which there are 6. If you are a student I hope you find this helpful and if you are considering taking the course, hopefully this will give you an insight of what is involved.
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Project 2.1: Personal Style & Decorative Scheme
Taking what I learned in Project 1.2, the next stage was to develop a concept and translate this into a decorative scheme. This was presented through a sample board, furniture booklet, cost sheet, scheme sheet and involved copious amount of sourcing of suitable materials, furniture, fabrics and finishes for a room. We had free reign of budget and type of space, my was a bedroom.
The starting point was to take 3-5 images from my personal style presentation that were in effect the essence of my style. I did this by going back to my original board, working with the feedback I was given and pair of fresh eyes I analysed each image in my original concept to see if it fitted.
This was my final concept board, and below are a couple of images from my PRJ.
Once I was happy with my concept I could begin looking at furniture and finishes. There was still a lot of research on which items would be more suitable but the concept should drive the design now, so for example if a particular item does not fit in with the concept colour then it would simply not make the cut. In a way the concept streamlines the design process. Here are some images from my PRJ.
And finally my sample board of the key pieces and finishes for the bedroom scheme.
KLC Open Learning Interior Design Diploma Project 2.2: Measuring Up and Technical Drawing
As an interior designer you need to be able to survey a room and produce accurate plans and elevations, this is exactly what this project required. Building on experience from the first project where we had to produce drawings from survey notes provided, the next step was to measure up, observe and photograph a room in your home and produce your own survey notes. Armed with a set of survey notes you then needed to produce an accurately drawn scale plan and elevations.
This seemed straightforward at first, how difficult can it be to draw four walls, right? Looking around my own home however every room has either a bay window or a unique feature, I really wanted something simple as I estimated this bit of the project to take the least amount of time. In the end I opted to draw one of the bedrooms, as expected the bay window was the most challenging aspect. It’s almost like you have to trick your brain to see something flat and imagine where the lines would be drawn. I opted to do this using software rather than drawing by hand, for me this was the easier option as having worked in IT I love getting to grips with new software. Here are some of the photos and drawings:
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Project 2.2 Plan Sketch
KLC Interior Design Diploma Project 2.2 North Elevation Sketch
KLC Interior Design Diploma Project 2.2 Plan
KLC Interior Design Diploma Project 2.2 North Elevation
KLC Open Learning Interior Design Diploma Project 2.3: Building Construction & Kitchen Design
We are not architects however interior designers need an understanding of building construction. It’s important to understand how a building has been put together and the materials used so you can be realistic about suggesting changes. This is also necessary so you can communicate with appropritate professionals and contractors.
For this project I had to produce a building construction and kitchen design reference document by reasarching items given in the brief. If you have ever renovated a kitchen, the kitchen design side of this was pretty straightforward. The construction side was more demanding and as KLC encourages you to take your own photos much more time intensive. I put quite a bit of effort into the presentation, taking my own photographs which KLC liked and I ended up with 38/40 on this part of the project. Here are some pages from the research document.
KLC Open Learning Interior Design Diploma Project 2.5: Townhouse – Design Development Initial Stages
This project was all about starting to develop a design for clients for their dining room and reception/media room. We were to produce a design analysis and statement and then using these a concept for the design. All analysis, thoughts etc., basically the whole journey had to be recorded in the PRJ. I find keeping a PRJ quite useful however at times I did feel like I was putting things in there just because it was a school project and I would be marked on what was actually in it.
This is the concept I came up with:
And here is a selection of pages from my PRJ:
Phew, that’s it, as you can see a ton of work. I ended up doing quite well on this project and am now in the middle of the third project which involves creating a decorative scheme for the townhouse project. I will post once it’s all complete.
I would love to hear from you, please leave a comment below if you’ve got questions or found this helpful.