Interior Design Technology
IDT 1010: Introduction to Interior Design (3 Credit Hrs.)
WSU Required Textbook & Materials:
Suggested: Allen, Jones & Stimpson, Beginnings of Interior Environments, 10th Ed. 2008
Munsells Student Color Set (can be shared if not an IDT major)
Packet: Johnson/Morris IDT Projects
Red scantrons will be purchased in the testing center, 20 cents
WSU Course Description:
Explores interior design as it relates to human factors. Introduces the elements and principles of design
as they relate to interiors. Introduces a brief survey of American architecture and furnishings.
WSU Course Objectives:
Introduction to Interior Design is a class that gives an overview of many design concepts. It begins by
giving the students an opportunity to evaluate an interior environment that they are familiar with, and to
begin to view interiors with a "designer's eye." Students learn about the principles and elements of
design with a strong emphasis on color, lighting and space planning before mid-term in order to
complete their first major assignment. Skills learned before midterm includes lettering, presentation, and
hands-on color experimenting and a number of assignments using the Munsell color manual. An
essential part of the class centers on finding real application of concepts learned in class and building a
working file that can be used for personal or professional use in future years. These exercises emphasize
professional presentation and organization skill in addition to confirming that concepts taught in class
have been understood. There are, at least, weekly assignments due in this class.
The final assignment involves using all knowledge gained in class to create a full presentation board.
The student will be able to get the "feel" for what a real designer might do for a client as they problem-
solve based on the new knowledge they have acquired in class. The student will incorporate information
about color, lighting, history, texture, space planning, furniture arrangement, rhythm, presentation, etc.
to pull together their final project.
CIDA objectives of the course are as follows:
Manual lettering techniques are introduced in this class and are considered as part of the grading
on file folder assignments, and on all "board assignments"
Critical, analytical and strategic thinking
The ability to think volumetrically
Design elements (for example, space, line, mass, shape, texture) and principle (for example,
scale, proportion, balance, rhythm, emphasis, harmony, variety)
Color principles, theories, and systems (for example, additive and subtractive color, color
mixing; hue, value, and intensity; the relationship or light and color).
Principles of lighting design (for example, color quality, sources, uses)
Human factors (for example, ergonomics, anthropometry/anthropometries)
The relationship between the human behavior and the built environment
Demonstrate understanding of functionalism, Gestault
Understanding of the history of architecture, interior and furnishings
Select and apply color in interior design projects
Calendar of Course Content:
WEEK LECTURE READING PROJECTS
1 Chap 1 & 2 Programming
Health Safety & Welfare
2 Architectural Styles Chap 2
3 Architectural Styles Chap 2 Architectural
4 Elements Chap 3 Space, Line, Shape,
5 Principles Balance, Rhythm,
6 Color Munsell
7 Color File Folder-Color
Ch 5 & 7
Construction, Systems &
8 Chap 5 Munsell Book Due
Lighting, Electrical & Chap 6 Lighting
Communications TEST 4-6 Assignment
10 Space Planning Planning/Electric al
11 Furnishings File Folder
12 Floors Chap 11 File Folder-Floors
Chap 12 & Windows &
14 Work on Final Project
Final Exam Due
Holidays: Labor Day
Thanksgiving Day Holiday
Martin Luther King Holiday
WSU Course Requirements:
* The calendar and assignments are subject to change. It is the responsibility of the student to stay
informed of changes.
* Final project cannot be accepted after the due date
* There are absolutely no make up for tests. Do not call or ask after the fact
* If you miss classes, it is your responsibility to hand assignments in on time. Full credit can be given
only with a letter from your doctor. Otherwise, 75% of the value of the assignment is the highest grade
that can be granted.
*Cell phones are to be turned off
* The lDT program reserves the right to retain student work for FIDER accreditation, which the
department is working towards
*Portfolio Review. All lDT majors are required to submit a portfolio of all course work in areas of
Interior Design, Art, Drafting & CAD. The submission will be Spring semester.
Submission Date: 10th week of the semester
When: End of Junior & Senior years
Criteria for Review: Personal Statement of your work
Organization of work, as to type, placed in a portfolio Professionalism as to the level of education.
There will be field trips, seminars, and off-campus professional activities which will be required.
No make up work can substitute for non-attendance. Announcements will be made in advance. For
majors, there is the expense of joining student chapters of professional organizations.
A 93-100% B- 80-83% D+ 67-69%
A- 90-92% C+ 77-79% D 63-66%
B+ 87-89% C 74-76% D- 60-65%
B 84-86 % C- 70-73% E 0-59%
PROJECT, ASSIGNMENTS, PREPS 50%
EXAMS, QUIZZES (NO MAKE-UPS) 30%
FINAL PROJECT 20%
WSU Course Evaluation:
As a concurrent student, you are given the privilege of evaluating this concurrent course. This is an
anonymous evaluation which allows you an opportunity to express your opinions of the course and the
WSU Student Code of Conduct
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Assignment: File Folder
The purpose of this assignment is two-fold. First, it shows that the student understands and can
recognize the concepts taught in class and through the use of the text. Secondly, it begins a professional
file that can be used as a tool during professional practice.
Each file folder must be labeled with the main heading, i.e.: ―Balance‖ This may be neatly handwritten
with black ink or it may be typed on a label and applied to the folder. The student’s name must be on the
outside of the folder. Inside the file folder will be all of the pictures required for that category. The
pictures can be actual photographs, or they can be from a magazine. Any picture of an interior is
acceptable. Those preferred would be ones without people in them. Any magazine in the back of the
room can be used and cut apart (as long as it is not current, within the past year). Of course, you may use
any of your own magazines as resources.
Every entry must be neatly cut and mounted on black paper. The concept must be clearly labeled, i.e.
―Symmetrical Balance.‖ It can be handwritten directly on the black paper using a ―milky‖ or metallic
pen; or it can be handwritten or typed on a small sticky label and applied to the black paper.
The file folders subjects are in caps; the file contents (picture mounted on black paper) are under each
STRUCTURAL & DECORATIVE DESIGN TEXTURE
Structural design Smooth
Decorative design Rough
Large space Horizontal line
Small Space Vertical Line
Negative Space Diagonal Lines
Rectangles/squares Small-scale pattern
Diagonal forms Large-scale pattern
Group mass Formal patterns
Curved forms Informal patterns
Small or light scale Repetition
Large or heavy scale Transition
Golden rectangle Graduation or Progression
Symmetrical Balance Emphatic
Asymmetrical Balance Dominant
Radial Balance Subdominant
Harmony through unity
Harmony through variety
Artificial light-incandescent Mood Lighting
Artificial light-florescent Ambient Lighting
Task lighting Indirect Lighting
Achromatic scheme Cool color scheme
Analogous scheme Warm color scheme
Monochromatic scheme Direct Complementary scheme
Value distribution based on nature Split Complementary scheme
ARCHITECTURAL STYLES – may submit actual photos for extra credit
Details (choose 3)
Ionic Columns Tuscan Columns
Corinthian Columns Doric Columns
Home Styles (choose 10) – may submit actual photos for extra credit
Cape cod Greek Revival International
English Medieval Queen Anne (Victorian) Organic
Tudor Mansard Style (Victorian) Southwest Adobe
Georgian Gothic Revival (Carpenter) Bungalow (Arts & Crafts)
Federal Italiante (Victorian) French
Japanese Dutch (Gambrel) Garrison or Jetty
Any others covered in text or discussed in class
FURNISHINGS (choose 10)
French Rococo French Baroque Japanese Chippendale
Victorian French Country Chinese Hepplewhite
Shaker Empire Hispanic Sheraton
Federal Scandinavian Jacobean (English)
International Art Nouveau Queen Anne (English) Arts & Crafts
Colonial American Georgian
Any others covered in text or discussed in class
FLOORS (choose 10) Area Rugs:
Aggregate Wood Parquet – basket weave Persian
Terrazzo Wood Parquet – Herringbone French
Travertine Random Plank Wood Flooring Indian
Granite Flagstone Rag
Limestone Brick Braided
Concrete Ceramic Tile Chinese
Slate Vinyl Tibetan
WALLS & WINDOW & TREATMENTS (choose 15)
Brick Stone (marble, Terazzo, etc.) Tab curtains
Ceramic Tile Glass block Pricilla Curtains
Plaster or stucco Paint texturing Valance
Fabric covered Wallpaper application Swag or festoon
Tie-back draperies Soft window treatment Plantation Shutter
Pleated draperies Hard window treatment Cornice
Sash Curtains Painted troupe l’oeil
Greenhouse window Bow window
French casement window Cathedral window
Clerestory window Jalousie
Sash window Shoji Screens
Bay window Awning window
Attic window Federal-style elliptic fanlight
Palladian window Sidelights & transom
Sliding window Skylight
ASSIGNMENT: COLOR MATCHING
OBJECTIVE: TO UNDERSTAND HOW COLORS ARE CREATED USING
THE PRIMARY COLORS PLUS BLACK AND WHITE
Select a picture of a room from a shelter magazine
Select the three key colors of the room and match them up with a paint chip from any paint line
After selecting your paint chips you will mix colors to match your paint chips, using red, blue,
yellow, white and black acrylic paint. You will adjust your paint to match the color chips which
relate to the room you have selected.
Mount your picture, paint chips, and color chips on a black piece of paper. Identify the colors
you used to create your color match, e.i., red & white = pink.
Paint can be purchased at the book store, Walmart or various art and craft stores. Buy the
smallest tubes. Do not use oil paint, it will not dry. Heavy paper or watercolor paper would be a
good surface to apply your paints to.
Paint chips are available at any paint or home improvement center
ASSIGNMENT: ANALYZING A RESIDENTIAL FLOOR PLAN
FORMAT: Select a stock builder’s plan which can be obtained from the internet, builder’s magazine
found at your local bookstore, the newspaper (usually on Sunday) or in the IDT room on the back shelf,
east wall, right hand side, that you may copy from. Do not take this magazine home. Attach the plan to a
piece of paper and address (type) the following questions.
1. How well-planned are the social (formal and informal) zones, work zones, private zones?
2. Do the zones overlap where functions interrelate?
3. Total square footage. Based on a high end of $150 how expensive is the home? Based on a low
end of $95 how expensive is the home?
4. Evaluate allotment: 80% for living space, 10% for halls, and 10% for storage. How does your
plan meet these requirements?
5. Evaluate the size, shape, and the proportions of the major rooms.
6. Evaluate the traffic patterns.
7. Evaluate the storage.
8. Evaluate the kitchen. Refer to your textbook for guidelines and your own expectations.
9. Comment on the layout and space planning of the bathrooms and laundry, also workrooms and
spaces for special purposes.
10. How adaptable is the plan for changes in family composition and lifestyle?
11. Evaluate the emotional appeal of the plan, as well as comment on the proportion and scale of the
12. Categorize the plan according to open/closed/combination and type (small, med, large) and why
these aspects of the plan appeal to you.
ASSIGNMENT: SPACE PLANNING/FURNITURE ARRANGEMENT
1. On ¼‖ graph paper design a room based on the following criteria.
Scale ¼‖ = 1’ 0‖(wall width 6‖)
Allotted space 16’ x 26’ with two entrances
Fireplace architectural focal point
Windows as needed
Refer to your text and syllabus for examples of floor plan layouts.
2. Space will be used as a multi-functional room. Create either a family room, game or music area
or a living room, dining room area.
3. Arrange furniture, U-L-Box etc, groupings. Create an interesting grouping to support the room
you have chosen to design. Create a focal point and support areas. Remember you need landing
surfaces next to your seating areas. Include floor or table lamps for additional lighting.
Furniture templates are found in your syllabus. You may adhere them to your paper or trace them
on to your floor plan. Refer to your syllabus for information and a reference for floor plan
4. Mark major traffic lane with a dashed line.
5. Select appropriate textiles for the furniture, draperies, etc. Refer to your color chapter when
selecting a color scheme. Identify the color scheme that you are using. Consider texture as
well as pattern. Cut neat square pieces of fabric or fold your fabric or fold fabric around a piece
of cardboard and secure with tape or glue. Your syllabus gives you some ideas on how to layout
your choice of materials. Label your materials.
6. Select a floor surface carpet/wood/stone/etc. Select a paint or wall-covering for the walls.
7. Select examples of lighting and accessories for your room.
8. Arrange materials proportionately on a mat (black) board. Refer to your syllabus for help with a
materials layout. Balance is important when arranging your items on the mat board. Remember
your negative spaces are as important as your positive spaces. Double-faced tape, 3M picture
mounting tabs or rubber cement are helpful in securing your samples to your board. Hot glue
dries and the article pops off - - avoid using it. Mat boards size 15” x 20” can be purchased at the
bookstore or any art supply store. Be neat and precise with your work. (Mat board = illustration
9. Place a simple title block on your work, (name, project, date, and scale). When designing this
space remember to take into consideration the principles of design which include balance,
rhythm, scale, proportion, emphasis and harmony. When selecting your materials remember
to use the elements of design, color, line texture, etc, to add excitement to your space and to
help pull your space together.
ASSIGNMENT: FINAL PROJECT
ASSIGNMENT: HISTORIC HOME FINAL PROJECT
Choose your favorite style of historic home. Design a living room that may be appropriate in the home
you have chosen. Mount a picture of the home (this may be a sample out of a magazine or a photograph
of a home in the style that you like), along with the other elements listed below on a piece of illustration
board or mat board that is not larger than 18‖ x 24‖. Everything should be neatly and securely mounted
on the board. Remember to leave negative space on the board and don’t forget good design principles &
elements like rhythm, proportion, etc.. The living room should include the following:
FLOOR PLAN: (May be drawn in pen, pencil or computer-generated) Place on vellum or plain paper.
Accurate portrayal of living room that would be inside the pictured home
(drawn with appropriate windows, estimated square footage, etc.) 8 ____
Windows, doorways, door swings and North Arrow clearly drawn 5 ____
Furniture arrangement is efficient and historically correct (where appropriate 8 ____
Lighting plan emphasized safety and efficiency (client able to walk through lit
areas at all times)---If the drawing is too busy, may be placed on an overlay 8 ____
Traffic flow marked and allows enough room to move around furnishings 5 ____
Neatness of floor plan 5 ____
Appropriate size 5 ____
Title block, placed on bottom or side (Name of project, your name, scale, date) 5 ____
Furniture and accessories appropriate for time period (samples of 3-5 pieces) 8 ____
Drapery appropriate for time period either portrayed in style (picture), fabric or both 5 ____
Textiles, samples selected for at least main furniture pieces and draperies 5 ____
Flooring (sample or a picture) 5 ____
Walls (for paint, use paint chips)—some types may be shown with illustrations 5 ____
Colors that are appropriate for the time period 8 ____
Overall look of board is impressive with materials neatly and securely fastened 11 ____
Oral presentation 4 ____
TOTAL POSSIBLE 100 ____