Instructor: Alana Kroeplin

Rationale Statement:  Interior Design allows students to gain an appreciation of the design fundamentals that form the foundation by which all design is judged.  Learning how to manipulate and apply the tools of design in a variety of situations in the home is a major focus throughout the course of study.  Opportunities for creative application of design fundamentals are provided throughout the course.

Course Objective:  Integrate knowledge, skills, and practices required for careers in housing, interiors, and furnishings.

Suggested Grade Level: 9-12

Topics Covered:

bulletCareer opportunities
bulletDesign and development of furniture
bulletSelection of interior furnishings and products
bulletPrinciples and elements of design
bulletSpace planning
bulletBuilding codes, regulations, and universal design

Necessary Classroom Items:

bulletBinder or folder


Class Introduction

Blog Journal Entry:  Why did you take this Housing & Interior Design class?  How do you feel that what you learn in this class will affect your life?  Do you feel that it is important to learn about Housing and Interior Design concepts?  Why or why not?  How does housing/interior design currently relate to your life?

bulletClass Rules/Guidelines
bulletBinder/Folder: (Title & Divider Pages)
bulletAssignment #1: Parent Take-Home Sheet Assignment
bullet5 Minute Activities (Will begin each class)

Interior Design Collage Group Project:

  1. Create a collage that captures the essence of what interior design entails.
  2. The collage should be filled with pictures of things an interior designer must deal with as well as at least 10 adjectives that would describe the process.
  3. In the middle of the collage write the definition of the term "Interior Design" that your group formulated by completing the phrase, interior design is...

Housing & Interior Design

Blog Journal Entry:  How does housing help meet people's physical needs?  How can housing encourage interaction with others?  Explain how housing can reflect personal identity?  Why do housing needs tend to vary during the course of the family life cycle?  How do you feel housing will change in the future?


bulletAssignment #1:  The Universal Need for Housing:  Read Chapter 1 in the Homes & Interiors textbook and create a flow chart of the main concepts of the chapter at http://bubbl.us/.  Print out the flow chart and place it in your binder/folder.
bulletAssignment #2:  Click here to play the review game for Chapter Show Bergeleen when you are done.
bulletVideo Clip:  Back to the Future Clip
bulletVideo Clip:  How Fast Things Change:  (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cL9Wu2kWwSY)
bulletAssignment #3: Movie: Back to the Future 2.  Complete the Back to the Future, Housing & Design of the Future study guide.
bulletAssignment #4:  Design Challenge: You have decided to enter a contest.  The theme of the contest is "Designing the Ideal House of the Future."  Here's what you have to do to enter the contest:
  1. Describe in 250 words or less a new home that would be ideally suited for the 22nd century.
  2. Make sure that the home could be used by many types of families or could be changed to adapt to a family's needs (use concepts that you learned while creating your flowchart in chapter one).
  3. Include facts about societal changes that support your design.
  4. Using http://www.3dhomedecorator.com/ or http://www.sears.com/roomplanner create a visual of the ideal house. Copy and past the image of your room into a word document so you do not lose it when you leave the website.  Ask Ms. Bergeleen if you need help doing this. (http://www.armstrong.com/flooring/design-tools.html)
  5. Entries will be judged on practicality and originality.

Indicator#1:  Explore opportunities in interior design

Career Opportunities

ID1.1 Summarize career opportunities in interior design

Journal Entry:  Virtually every career involves training or an education of some kind, whether it is on-the-job training or a college degree.  You can see this for yourself by reviewing the help wanted section of any newspaper or job-related website.  For some careers, you can get a head start in high school by taking courses that teach or reinforce skills you will need to have later.  This unit's activities will give you a chance to explore a career in some depth and develop a plan of action for landing a job in that field.  Regardless of which career paths you chose, write a one-page journal entry on how you are planning your career path to a career of your own.  What have you done, are you doing, and will you do to reach your career goals?


bulletAssignment #1:  Read Chapter 4 and answer the Checking Your Understanding questions on page 106 of Homes and Interiors for Chapter 4 (Careers in Housing & Interiors).  These do not need to be typed, but must be able to be put in your binder/folder.
bulletAssignment #2: Click here to play the matching review game for Chapter 4.  Show Bergeleen when you are done.
bulletAssignment #3:   Careers in Housing & Interiors: Developing a Career Plan


  1. Choose three careers from the careers in housing and interiors listed on pages 100-102 of the Homes & Interiors textbook that hold some appeal for you based on the descriptions.  

  2. Complete a Career Plan for each career. 

  3. Use outside resources such as Career Cruising and the Dictionary of Occupational Titles , Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-09 Edition, and Occupational Outlook Quarterly , along with your textbook, to help you complete each Career Plan.



Design Challenge: You have been given the task of designing a "Career Center" about housing and interiors.  It can include fact sheets, images, presentations, and other sources of information.  You could even involve real people by inviting workers in the industry to answer questions from students about their jobs.

  1. Develop a list of the elements that you will include in your career center.

  2. Explain what kinds of information students can learn from each element you have chosen.

  3. Draw a design showing how the center will look and where each element will be located.

  4. Present your career center plan to the class.


Indicator #1:  Evaluate interior furnishings and products

Design and Development of Furniture and Interior Furnishings

ID2.1 Classify design and development of furniture and other interior furnishings.

Journal Entry:  Create an acrostic for FURNITURE.  Why is furniture important?  What should you consider when purchasing/choosing furniture for a space?


bulletDevelop a chart that describes the characteristics of furniture from different style periods.
bulletFind illustrations of different furniture styles using magazines, internet, catalogues.


bulletAssignment #1:  Discussion:  A knowledge of furniture construction, function, and durability before purchasing furniture ensures better choices.
bulletAssignment #2:  MATCHING MOTIVATOR GROUP ACTIVITY - Why do the costs of furniture vary so greatly?
bulletAssignment #3:  JOURNAL - pair share
bulletAssignment #4:  Furniture Construction & Selection PowerPoint.  Fill out note sheet.
bulletAssignment #5:  Make your own bed worksheet & discussion.  Share with class.
bulletAssignment #6: Analyze product information found at www.homefurnish.com, including but not limited to floor coverings, wall coverings, textiles, window treatments, furniture, lighting fixtures, kitchen and bath fixtures and equipment.  Choose one important tip from the website to include in a guide for interior design clients purchasing furniture (may use Word, PowerPoint, or Publisher).

Use of Furnishings & Products

ID2.2 Evaluate interior furnishings and products for end use.

Journal Entry:


bulletResearch information on the advantages and disadvantages of different types of floor coverings, wall treatments, and window treatments.
bulletVisit a furniture store or invite a guest from a furniture store to show differences in and ideas to look for in selecting upholstered and case goods.
bulletChoose one major appliance to research, listing features available to you and decide which are necessary and which could be sacrificed to lower cost.


bullet Modern Furniture Designers
Features quick links to biographies of modern furniture designers, such as Eames and Saarinen.

Indicator #3:  Implement skills used in interior design.

Principles & Elements of Design

ID3.1 Apply the principles and elements of design to interior space

Journal Entry:  Have you ever walked into a room for the first time and been struck by how pleasing it looks or how welcoming it feels?  Chances are the look and feel of this room-the design-didn't just "happen."  The person who designed the room used the elements and principles of design to create the desired effect.  In this next unit you will learn how to use the elements and principles of design to create various effects.  FOR YOUR JOURNAL:  What factors (things) contribute to good design?  What do you feel makes a well designed room look well designed?


bulletAssignment #1:  Use www.polyvore.com to develop a collage of your taste in design.  Think about color, shapes, textures, etc. and how they relate to you.  When complete, push Fn + Ins.  Then open a Word Document and paste the page into Word.  You will then use the picture toolbar to edit the picture down to just your collage.  Enlarge and print out.

The Elements of Design (Chapter 17) (Monday & Wednesday)


bulletAssignment #1:  As a class we will read through Chapter 17 answering the Checking Your Understanding questions on Page 404.
bulletWatch the "Elements of Design" Video
bulletAssignment #2:  Complete the following worksheets: Creating Effects with Line, Creating Effects with Form, and Creating Effects with Texture using the information found in Chapter 17.
bulletAssignment #3: GROUP PROJECT:  You will create a Poster Board on which you will include picture representations of the Elements of Design (SPACE, LINE, FORM, TEXTURE, & COLOR).  Include the definitions of each element on the board.  The pictures may be found in the internet or you may take digital pictures of examples on your own.  You will be graded on the overall look of your board and will receive points for accurately portraying each element of design.

The Role of Color in Design (Chapter 18) (Friday)

bulletAssignment #3:  View Color Theory PowerPoint in class and complete the COLOR worksheet.
bulletAssignment #4:  Create a list of 8-10 famous sports teams.  Describe the associated team colors and how they relate to on another.
bulletAssignment #5:  Frosting Color Wheels
bulletAssignment #6:  Expressing Personality:  Plan 5 different color schemes for various rooms using the color samples found at www.myperfectcolor.com.  (click on color by hue when you get to the website).  COPY & PASTE paint colors (at least three colors per color scheme into a word document). You must explain why you chose those colors for each scheme in paragraph form in that Word Document.  The rooms you choose color schemes for may be any 5 of the following:  (Bedroom, Living Room, Dining Room, Kitchen, Kid's Room, Bathroom, etc.)
bulletAssignment #7:  Complete the Color Personality quiz at http://www.prattandlambert.com/color/personality-quiz/interior/

The Principles of Design (Chapter 19)

bulletAssignment #1:  Video Clip http://www.mindbites.com/lesson/1802-interior-design-basics-add-style-to-your-home
bulletAssignment #2:  Complete the Principles of Design Study Guide for Chapter 19. 
bulletAssignment #3:  In 6 groups you will summarize each principles of design, create a poster, and share with the class.


bulletChapter 17 Concentration Games
bulletChapter 18 Concentration Games
bulletChapter 19 Concentration Games

Psychology of Design

ID3.1 Apply the principles and elements of design to interior space.

MATH QUIZ #4  (Email results to Alana.Bergeleen@k12.sd.us)

Journal Entry:  Page 417 in Homes and Interiors book



bulletAssignment 1:  Color Senses Questionairre
bulletActivity 2:  What Color is your Personality
bulletColor Psychology in Interior Design Article: http://www.dreamhomedecorating.com/color-psychology.html
bulletAssignment 3:  Research the following three topics:  Feng Shui, Ergonomics, and Anthropometrics in relation to the design of housing, interiors, and furnishings.
bulletFeng Shui Video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5atOfOlZ6XU

Space Planning

ID3.2 Apply space planning guidelines to furniture arrangement

Journal Entry:  Describe the furniture arrangement in your home?  Is the furniture arranged for a purpose or just randomly placed?  What are some important things that we need to consider when arranging furniture?  Do you feel that furniture arrangement is important?  Why or why not?



bulletSketch own home and divide into different living ones and sketch in traffic patterns.
bulletResearch and create a checklist of space planning guidelines.
bulletUsing templates arrange furniture on floor plan drawn to scale.
bulletUse computer aided drafting program to draw floor plans.


bulletAssignment 1:  View the Furniture Arrangement PowerPoint in class and fill out the Furniture Arrangement study guide.
bulletAssignment 2:  Using the Furniture Arrangement Floor Plan and the Furniture Templates, prepare a design for the room.  The rubric that you will be graded with is located here: Furniture Arrangement Rubric

Planning Interior Space

ID3.3 Use applicable building codes, universal design, and regulations in planning interior space

Journal Entry:  What must you consider when planning interior spaces?


bulletResearch federal and state laws and building codes.
bulletInterview local government officials concerning local building codes.
bulletResearch universal design features.
bulletDraw a sketch of a room that includes at least 5 universal design features.


bulletAssignment #1: Study Guide Worksheet for Chapters 20-21.
bulletConcentration Game Review for Chapter 20: Concentration Games
bulletConcentration Game Review for Chapter 21: Concentration Games
bulletAssignment #2:  Family Profile Project
bulletAssignment #3:  Plan a kitchen online at www.kitchen-design.com


Necessary Skills

ID3.4 Demonstrate skills necessary (i.e., measuring, estimating, and pricing) for selection of interior furnishings and products.

Journal Entry:


bulletDetermine the amount and cost of different types of floor coverings for a specific room.
bulletDetermine the amount of cost of paint vs. wall paper for a specific room.
bulletCalculate cost of furnishings for given scenario.

Evaluate manufacturers, products, and materials considering care, maintenance, safety, and environmental protection issues. http://www.3dhomedecorator.com/ 



Renting/Buying: http://fefe.arizona.edu/curriculum.php?categoryID=11#32 





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