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Interior Decorating eCourse Self Test

Once you have finished studying your interior decoratinge course, it is a good idea to test yourself and make sure you have retained some knowledge.

You can do that by answering the questions below. The tests are multiple choice or true / false questions and you will need to write down your answers so that you can mark them yourself at the end.This is a test to see how well you remember the information you have learnt from this ecourse.

Take your time and think about the questions and read the answers thoroughly as this is a good form of revision. Use a pen and paper and write your answers down on a piece of paper, the test is not automated. Once you have completed all your answers you can go to the correct answers page and mark your answers and see how much you remembered.

So off you go, have fun and don’t take it too seriously! If you feel at the end that you don’t remember enough, you can always go back to the ecourse online and review the content again.

For this multi choice test pick the response that best answers the question


1. Why do you create a client brief?

a) To break down the job into manageable task and needs

b) To give the client something documented that they can read and understand

c) To put simple jobs into professional terms and jargon

d) To create a front page of all your documentations for the project.

2. The first thing you do with a brief is?

a) Create a name for the project

b) Measure the area you will be working with/in

c) List all the projects details

d) Decide what style you will look at to renovate the space


3. Why is it a good idea to make up a color board to show the client?

a) To try and persuade them to use your idea

b) To use marketing ideas and sell certain products

c) To show the client you have good creative skills

d) To help the client and yourself visualise the colors and fabrics in the space

e) It is cheaper than making a model

4. Brainstorming is important as it:

a) Fills in time and gives you something to do

b) Allows you to think of many different ideas and concepts

c) Lets you explore the limits of your own skills

d) Shows the client you are committed to them

Part Three COLOR

5. If you are working from plans or blue prints it is best to start choosing or planning colors for your furniture first.



6. Why is it a good idea to test colors before making a final decision on a color scheme?

a) To see if it will match the furniture?

b) To see how the color works in the room before making a final decision.

c) To make use of different manufactures and retailers.

d) To create the feeling that this will “really happen” in the client.

7. Lighting is a Interior Designer’s secret weapon?



8. If you want to make a room feel cosy and intimate you should?

a) Pick lots of small pieces of furniture in dark colors

b) Use warm dark colors and color the ceiling a darker color

c) Fill it with lots of large bright colored objects

d) Have a light color scheme


9. Fabrics have many uses; some are purely aesthetic, while others are truly functional.

True – fabrics can have lots of different uses depending on the space and function they perform

False- fabrics are just aesthetic

False –fabrics are just functional and a necessity of the design process

10. It is important to look and ask for the Martindale rub test or the Weizenbeck test when looking at upholstery fabrics. Why is this?

a) It means the fabric will wash well

b) It means the fabric is non toxic

c) It has been tested and is fire safe

d) It will rate the fabric for how well it will stand up to wear and constant use.

11. When choosing fabric for drapes what are some key things you should first look for

a) Where it was made and who made it, texture, pattern and weight

b) If it is in fashion or a trend, does the color match, does it wear well

c) How it drapes, tone and texture, weave of the fabric and is it suitable fabric for drapes

d) Pattern, texture and tone, fire resistant, non toxic, will it fade well

12. You can use fabric to accessorise a room, how can this be done and why is it important?

a) Through cushions and tie backs; it adds balance to a room and ties colors together

b) Through different colored large furniture items; it gives the eye lots of color and texture to look at

c) Through a focus window with different colored curtains, it makes the room longer and lighter.

d) Through cushions, tiebacks and throws; it gives the room more items so a wider and larger color scheme can be used giving it a lighter brighter feel.


13. Fittings and fixtures should be different and individual to each room

True – it gives each room is own personal touch and feel

Both true and false – each room needs items that runs with the feel and flow of the house i.e. door handles and light fittings, but some individual touches to each room can add depth and individuality to each room. Using the same finish or style can make sure that your spaces flows.

False – fittings should always be the same in every room as it gives a flow on and consistent feel to the house

14. How do you pick the fixtures for your space or house?

a) Pick something that goes well with each room, regardless if it matches other rooms or not – People will only notice if each room works not the whole house or space.

b) Pick what is in fashion and trend now. Fixtures are not hugely important but fashionable items will always make a space in vogue and work.

c) Take it step by step and refer to your brief and brainstorming for ideas. Trial out ideas before making a set decision, and ‘KISS- keep it simple stupid!’

d) Source the cheapest and most expensive item and let the client choose.



15. When looking at finishes and the budget what are some key things to keep in mind?

a) It maybe more than the budget allows but it will look fantastic I’ll just get this and worry about the budget later.

b) Does the budget allow for this? Are their any ongoing costs or maintenance? Can I get the same thing cheaper somewhere else?

c) What other costs can I cut down on to get this particular item?

d) The budget was only a rough idea it is more important to get the best finishes then worry about the budget.

16. There are four main ideas and concepts that need to be thought through and considered before buying home finishes. They are:

a) Economic and budget, durability, safety issues, comfort and aesthetics

b) Economic and budget, durability, safety issues, color

c) Durability, safety issues, comfort and aesthetics, where it was manufactured

d) Safety issues, comfort and aesthetics, non toxic, fire resistant


17. The most common error in furniture placement is to:

a) Place all the furniture in the sun so it fades.

b) Place furniture in a place where there is no focal point.

c) Place furniture around the walls.

d) Having too much furniture that the room looks cramped.

18. When furnishing a space several things need to be kept in mind these are:

a) Color, size, location, and weather.

b) Age of client, height, planning, and focal point.

c) Focal point, size of room, size of furniture and age of client.

d) The function and use of the room, what you need to achieve your goal, brief and function; and how the furniture will all fit and work in the room (planning and draughts).

Are these statements true or false?

19. It is best to group sofas.



20.Electrical equipment is best kept in one area.



21.Tall lamps in corners makes rooms look smaller.



22. Rooms don’t need a focal point.



23. In a lounge the furniture should always be centered around the TV.




24. What is a finishes schedule?

a) A detailed list of all the areas you are working in and what each finish they will receive with time line and contractors information attached. All signed by the client

b) Your bill and payment with detailed lists of what you have done for them

c) A document that can be used by you to sow other clients what you have done in the past

d) A document written in the beginning of the brief and planning that is signed by the client to say your contract finishes on a particular date.

25. Why is it important to have the contractor’s quotes, cost and time frames in writing attached to the finishes schedule?

a) To show the client what contractors you are using

b) In case they lose their paper work you will have copies

c) It can be used as a legal document to ensure work is done on time to a professional standard.

d) For future personal reference in case you want to use the contractor again you know what he charges and what he can do.


Answer the following statements with True or False

26. If you have a lot of paintings you are best to spread them out all over the room.

a. True

b. False

27. It is best to keep ornaments to a minimum.

c. True

d. False

28. Mirrors make rooms look smaller.

e. True

f. False

29. Lamps placed carefully can change the mood of a room when turned on.

g. True

h. False

30. Cushions are not in fashion anymore and it is best to keep them to a minimum with dull colors and bland textures.



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Remember this is just for revision of the ecourse content, it isn’t serious, it is all part of the learning experience. No one but you will know how many you got right. I hope you feel you have gained some knowledge from the ecourse information. If you feel you haven’t answered enough correct, then you can go back and review the ecourse online. This is an ideal way to revise the information on the ecourse and try the test again at a later date.

I hope that you have enjoyed your learning experience.

Best Wishes

Lee Brown