Interior Decorating Lesson Plan

Instructor: Christine Jarus

Christine has over twenty years of experience in education. She is certified in learning disabilities, behavior disorders, elementary education and high school communication arts. She also holds a principal certification and has obtained a doctorate degree in educational leadership.

This lesson allows students to explore the exciting world of interior decorating. Students will learn about the various styles currently prominent in modern decorating. They will each get a chance to create an inspiration board for one selected style.

Learning Objectives

After completing this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'interior decorating'
  • identify the major decorating styles and the unique characteristics of each style
  • describe how a design survey can help with consultations


3 hours


  • Handouts of the lesson Interior Decorating: Definition, Style and Tips
  • PowerPoint presentation with pictures of various decorated rooms (created prior to this activity)
  • Copies of the lesson quiz
  • Poster board
  • Design magazines, catalogs, paint-chip samples, material swatches, and other examples of interior decoration
  • Student access to the internet and a color printer

Curriculum Standards


Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11-12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.


  • Arrange students in small groups (3-4 students). Ask students to take about 5-10 minutes to page through decorating magazines and to find a room they find aesthetically pleasing. Ask each student to describe what they like about the room to their group.
  • Distribute handouts of the lesson, Interior Decorating: Definition, Style and Tips. Ask students to read the first three sections of the lesson independently (stopping at the 'Decorating Styles' heading). Review the definition of 'interior decorating' with the class and clarify the difference between interior decorating and interior design.
  • Ask students to read the 'Decorating Styles' section. Then, ask students to determine the style represented by the picture they selected in the lesson introduction. Select a few students to share their style with the class. Display pictures of decorated rooms from a PowerPoint presentation you created prior to class. As you display each picture, ask the students which style the picture represents. Discuss with the class the components of the room that represent that particular style.
  • Ask students to read the remainder of the lesson handout, from the 'Decorating Tips' section to the end. Direct students to find a partner and discuss the content of the remaining sections with their partner.
  • Distribute the lesson quiz and ask students to complete the quiz independently. When students have completed the quiz, review the correct responses and clarify any misunderstood concepts.

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