INT900 - DIY Interior Decorating

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Subject Title
DIY Interior Decorating

Subject Description
This subject introduces students to the psychology of colour, colour schemes, room planning, layouts, elevations, furniture styles, fabric and textiles, floor and wall treatments, and the principles of design. Designed for personal interest only, students learn professional practice techniques which may be used in home decor.

Credit Status
Special Interest

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Use the colour wheel to demonstrate creative applications of colour.

2. Measure a room in detail, and construct furniture layouts, floor plans, graphing and templates.

3. Identify various furniture styles, mixing styles and woods.

4. Apply basic principles of design to the creation of an interior space.

5. Demonstrate basic knowledge of wall treatments, fabric and lighting.

6. Recognize effective applications of textures, floor and window treatments and accessories in interior decorating schemes.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Topic Outline

  1. Introduction - Space Planning - Floor Plans
  2. Design Principles
  3. Colour Principles
  4. Fabrics
  5. Window Treatments
  6. Wall Treatments/ Decorative painting
  7. Flooring
  8. Furniture Field Trip
  9. History of Furniture
  10. Lighting
  11. Accessories / Picture Hanging
  12. Concluding Discussions 

Mode of Instruction
Lectures and practical applications 

Prescribed Texts

Required Supplies

  • Colour Wheel
  • Magazines
  • Cut Books

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+90%  to  100%
A80%  to  89%
B+75%  to  79%
B70%  to  74%
C+65%  to  69%
C60%  to  64%
D+55%  to  59%
D50%  to  54%
F0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Approved by: Lisa Somers