Home Decorating Certificate

Our noncredit Home Decorating Certificate can help you further develop your personal interest in the popular trade of home decorating. You will explore decorating fundamentals, gain product knowledge and learn trade communication skills necessary to fulfill home decorating project needs. These courses will acquaint you with the various job duties and skills involved with starting an independent decorating service or enhance your personal decorating skills to achieve satisfying results more effectively at home.

Home Decorating: Color Palette


You do not need to pursue the Home Decorating certificate to take any of these courses, and you do not need to formally enter any program to earn this certificate. You will automatically earn the certificate if you complete these required courses with satisfactory grades within three years.

Elements and Principles of Home Decorating

A good decorating scheme is made up of a number of elements. This course covers those decorating principles, such as spatial relationships that form the basis of a room or home, and then applies pattern, texture and other fun elements of decorating to create a beautiful space.

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Home Decorating 1

Having a plan is part of any good decorating scheme. In this course, students will learn how to accurately measure a space, and then, using basic tools, draw a floor plan for a space they are decorating. Understanding floor plans and symbols is also taught, along with basic furniture planning and layout tips for the home.

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Home Decorating 2

Make the dream a reality! This course covers the basic components of home decoration by discussing the types and quality of furnishings available in the marketplace, and discusses fabrics, lighting fixtures, and the many different materials and finishes available to the home decorator. You will learn about selecting and shopping for these items and how to use them effectively in home staging and decoration.

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Color Essentials

Explore the world of color theory and the psychology of color while learning about various color systems, color relationships and schemes, and the many properties of color as they apply to home decorating.

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Decorating Styles

Traditional? Contemporary? Eclectic? Whether you are looking for your own decorating style or helping a friend with theirs, this course will study these and other decorating styles. You will also learn about historical influences on the various furniture styles as well as home accessorizing to complete the look you are seeking for your home.

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To successfully complete the certificate you will:

  • Identify job opportunities in the home decorating market, and explore the related skills, abilities and sales techniques that the trade requires.
  • Apply fundamental design principles, historical influences and decorating styles for the home.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of working relationships with related trades and suppliers.
  • Evaluate residential floor plans for furniture layout and interior finish materials for surface decoration.
  • Assess customer needs to create appropriate functional and aesthetic decorating solutions.


To register, use the course links above to locate an upcoming section and log in to add to the course to you cart. Or note the 5-digit class number and phone (608) 258-2301, ext. 2, for registration assistance.

No application is needed. If you have never taken a class at Madison College before, you can facilitate enrollment by creating a student account.