Hello, Beauties!!!! OMG have I been a stranger or what????? How is everyone? How is your design life going? I wanted to take a few minutes and discuss the how to’s of making a design board. People often overlook the importance of a design board when beginning a project or discussing with a client. I am here to remind everyone that these should not be overlooked. They bring a project together in one location rather than a million places in your head. They offer a visual for a client to SEE how a project will come together. They always say if you have a dream or goal in your head, you should write it down. This is the same way. Your brain has way too much going on all the time with work, kids, to do lists, etc. this is a way to put everything out there so it doesn’t get lost! And, goodness knows that something that looks great together in your head might actually not so putting it on the board gives you clarification on what to do with what. I should also mention there are many ways to complete design boards nowadays. You can keep a small one just using an art pad that you carry with you to meetings or when looking for pieces at a warehouse or store. There are also high tech options available that allow you to do everything online, including a floor plan layout, and then you simply log in on your computer/tablet/phone when with a client. Or you can do a board old school, an oldie but a goodie might I add. This entails going to your local Hobby Lobby, JoAnns or Michaels and getting a poster board to cut out and glue all pieces of your project onto. This is wonderful for a presentation to a client or to hang in your office for inspiration as you finalize a project, just not very easily accessible on the job or moving store to store. Keep in mind your images and swatches on a design board can be found in lots of places. Perhaps off of a Pinterest post, you save a few months back. From a manufacturers website. From a magazine you clipped. From a fabric store swatch, you cut last week. As much as you can bring the room alive the better. The best way to start a design board for a room is by finding a vision or statement piece. What do you want the focal point of the room to be? Maybe it’s an accent wall or a really beautiful pillow. Whatever it is have that in mind first. For this example, let’s say its a beautiful plum accent wall in a family room. I am going to place that plum color on my board along with any other paint colors I may want in the room. Now I have my focal point, time to bring in more pieces. Next, you might want to focus on furniture pieces you want in the space. I would start with a couch and maybe a couple of club chairs. Then I would look for a coffee table and perhaps an end table. If you can find ideas online or in magazines, depending on what design board creation platform you are using, tape them onto the board or scan them and add them to your board online.
Lastly, you might want to add onto the board some other elements and even a floor plan possibly. Other elements might include a tv for the wall, accent decor throughout the room, art you like for the wall, lighting pieces or chandeliers you might install, etc. If you are going to include a floor plan a simple layout will suffice. If you are joining the twenty-first century and use online boards it might be helpful to do a 3D floor plan so that your client can virtually see the project come to life and get a feel for it. That’s about it. It’s not rocket science its all about producing something the client can see and feel to bond with. On your next room or project give it a try, you won’t be sorry! Chow for now- Devvon