Design Classes 2024

Interior Design Classes starting this Spring at Penn State Beaver!

This 16 week Interior Design course is for individuals who are interested in learning about interior design/decorating, including those who work as designers, aspire to have a career as a professional designer, or even choose to take the program to assist them in decorating their own spaces.  It is broken down into two 8-week sessions, one in the Spring and one in the Fall.



Click here for more information and to register: PSU Beaver Interior Design Course Information


Free Informational Seminar: Information Session Registration

A free, informational seminar by the interior design instructor, Jean Swanson, will be held on February 24, 2024, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Penn State Beaver. This will be a hands-on, interactive learning session about design.   As an added bonus, this seminar will also have previous students who have completed the course and will be offering a free paint color consultation if attendee brings in a fabric swatch. Come ready to “Ask the Designers”!  


Fall 2024 – 8 weeks Saturdays from 9:00 AM to Noon  Dates to be determined.



The instructor was very prepared for hands on work with samples of everything, catalogs, and video presentations.  I highly recommend this course.”

Jean stimulated my interested in design and I want to take more of her courses.  Highly recommend.”

Jean did very well with sharing her years of experience and knowledge. Would love more.”

Jean made this a very fun class.  I absolutely recommend this course.”


For more information or to register, please contact Jill Valentine at




  1. Understanding the color wheel
  2. Psychology of color
  3. Trends in color
  4. How to pick paint colors
  5. Understanding sheens of paints and the different types of paint
  6. How light affects color
  7. How to paint with accent colors



  1. Interviewing the client/ worksheet; 8.b. Ceiling types
  2. Identifying styles of décor
  3. How to measure and grid out furniture by hand or CAD



  1. History of furniture
  2. Styles of sofas and chairs
  3. Styles of cocktail tables and end tables and how to accessorize them
  4. TV entertainment units and consoles and standards for optimal viewing
  5. Styles of desks, lateral files, bookcases for offices
  6. Dining room tables, buffets, china cabinets
  7. Bedroom furniture and sizes of beds



  1. Area Rugs – Function, choosing color and pattern, different styles of rugs, fiber contents, how to measure in a room
  2. Types of carpet, traffic ratings, durability and fiber content, broadloom, carpet tiles, commercial vs residential use
  3. Hard surfaces – Engineered vs ¾-inch hardwood, hardness scale, wood species, sizes of planks, hand scraped installation methods
  4. Laminates, LVT and Cork – Commercial vs residential, properties of flooring, slip resistance, ratings and ADA compliance,



  1. Porcelain vs ceramic, travertine, grout sizes and colors, layout patterns
  2. Cement tiles, cement floors



  1. Types of lighting – ambient, task, accent
  2. Types of fixtures and their placements – pendant, chandeliers, recessed, & ceiling fans
  3. Lamp styles and lamp shade styles



  1. Fabric glossary types of fabrics.
  2. Upholstery guidelines and yardages
  3. Commercial vs residential healthcare, restaurants, fire rated, stain resistant, best types of fabrics to use, certificate of fire rating
  4. Mixing patterns, class will mix fabric, paint colors, furniture styles, wallpaper, and use accessories to explain all
  5. Drapery styles, C. Randall book required to purchase and discuss different types of windows, drapery styles, and fabric applications



  1. Discuss standards for kitchens and bathrooms



  1. Kitchen Design
    • Layouts triangle. Galley
    • Cabinet styles and sizes
    • Countertop options
    • Edge profiles
    • Faucets and hardware
    • Sink styles and materials
    • Custom napkins and table linens



  1. Bathroom Design
    • Layouts
    • Vanity styles and sizes
    • Countertop options
    • Sink options and styles and material
    • Floor and wall tiles tile patterns discussed
    • Mirrors
    • Lighting
    • Shower curtains
  2. Recreation rooms, pool tables, pool table felt color options, space allowances, flooring options, radiant heating,
  3. Walls and techniques, sponge, wallpaper
  4. Accessorize mantles
  5. Accessorize bookcases
  6. How to Dress out a dining room cabinet
  7. Hanging art
  8. Furnishing commercial spaces.
  9. How to stage a home, and discuss realtor connection,
  10. Outdoor patio spaces/creating zones
  11. Decking options
  12. Exterior Doors & Siding – vinyl or Hardie board, gutters, shingles, shutters, brick
  13. Closet systems
  14. Business startup, legal forms, tax id, insurance, sole proprietor or LLC.
  15. How to resource wholesale accounts and vendor relationships
  16. Discussing fees, contractor pricing
  17. How to bill clients and what to bill
  18. Recording keeping on each client for orders taken, deposit received, balance due etc.
  19. Why hire a designer? / Marketing and social media, web page development,
  20. How to handle design dilemmas and problem resolution
  21. Feng Shui
  22. Prepare a design presentation board and present to class