Concept Boards, why you need one for your next project.

Concept boards - why you need one for your next project!!


Just what is a Concept Board, I hear you cry!!

When a designer meets with a client for the first time, this time is spent gathering information. The designer will have a list of questions, which they will put to the client to establish the basis of the design and what the client wants from the space. With this information the designer will then begin to put together a concept.

The concept is crucial to the success of a space. It helps ease the whole process, aiding with tricky decisions, keeping the whole design cohesive.

To help put this into a tangible form for the client, the designer will first create a ‘Concept Board’.

A ‘Concept’ or ‘Mood board’ helps collate ideas and put them together to present to the client. Some people find it difficult to visual an idea without some pointers, the concept board is useful tool to help convey ideas. And although it does not include every final detail, it does provide the client with an indication of what is trying to be achieved.

Once shown to the client, they are free to provide feedback on the concept.

Concept boards are not just a tool for the professionals. Even if you are about to embark on a renovation / decorating project you can also make use of a concept board.

In fact I insist you make a concept board.

It really will help you to curate the perfect space. Especially if you have spent many an hour (as I do) looking through magazines and internet sites collecting a mass of images that you like.

Putting them together on a board will help you to work out what works with what, what can be discarded as just plan wrong. It not just about helping you choose the right colour palette, it will also help with the mixing textures and the perfecting of your desired style.

Concept boards help you stay on track with your design, they should be referred back to often, to ensure you are sticking with one concept. In the long run, this could be a real money saver, stopping those impulse purchases that you find do not work in your design.

Also did I mention they are fun to make???

When I first began studying interior design, we used the old fashion approach to concept board making, and that was cutting out pictures and other materials and gluing them to an A3 piece if cardboard.

Now I have graduated to digital and use the computer (indesign / photoshop) for my concept boards.

Just what can I put on my concept board??

The simple answer is…… whatever you like.

Just because you are using it for an interior it does not mean all your inspiration has to be from interiors. Remember concept boards are often referred to as ‘Mood Boards’, because, hey that’s what you are trying to create. A certain mood or feeling within the space. So you can use anything you like that help convey the mood.

Your concept board could be made up of images, fabric swatches, things from mother nature, or it could be just one image that encapsulates your concept.

There’s right or wrong here people!!!

Here’s your inspiration.

Nature Inspire Mood Board
Nature Inspired – Image source: Brabbu


Black and White Inspired Mood Board
Black and White – Image source: Agnetha Home


Bright and bold mood board
Summer Brights – Image source: Studio Calico


Earthy Tones – Image source: EST Living


Kelly Wearstler mood board
Grecian Blues – Image Source Rizzoli USA


Pastel Mood Board
Pastel Perfection – Image source: Mokkasin

You will notice on these example the range of things you can put on to your mood board.

If you need more ideas and inspiration the check out my Mood Board pin here.

Or click on my previous work in the tab above (More work will be added along the way).

Happy mood boarding.



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