Interior Decorator
Penn Foster

Program Details

Students have the opportunity to develop natural talent for interior design with the Penn Foster's Interior Decorator diploma. This program is completed online at the convenience of the student. Students are able to study the skills necessary for employment with retailers, corporate clients, homebuilders, and hotels. Some students may prefer to start their own their own business as an interior decorator.

Penn Foster Career School’s Interior Decorator program consists of seven Instruction Sets. The students determine client’s needs and budgets and develop a decorating plan complete with room graphs and measurements. Students practice identifying the elements of design such as line, form, color, value, texture, pattern, light and space, and the principles of design: balance, proportion, scale, and unity. Working with principles of color, students learn how to plan a color scheme using the color wheel for interior decorating.

Students explore different furniture styles including Traditional, Provincial, Contemporary, and Modern, integrating the style periods into the designs. Students study how to decorate with furniture, exploring positioning of furniture for the best function and use. Floors can be a very important part of room décor. Students are taught how to choose appropriate flooring for the client and how to measure and scale using a floor plan. In the Interior Decorator program, students should learn how to choose window treatments and wall coverings, and how to use both natural and synthetic fabrics and choose fabrics with the right texture for their designs. By making use of lighting fixtures, students are able to accentuate designs with lighting through the use of lamps and table accessories.

Students are taught how to present merchandise and effectively approach a customer in a course aimed to teach students successful methods of selling. In the final set, students complete a graded project of decorating a living room.

A career as an interior dec


  • Have a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent

School Accreditation Statement

Penn Foster Accreditation and Licenses

  • Penn Foster Career School and Penn Foster High School are regionally accredited by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. And, nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).
  • Penn Foster Career School and Penn Foster High School are licensed by the Pennsylvania State Board of Private Licensed Schools.
  • Penn Foster College is nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) and licensed by the Arizona State Board for Private Postseconday Education.