Utilizing Concept Boards
Many clients don’t know what concept boards are so I will be giving you a brief definition. A concept board is an arrangement of images, materials, textures, fonts, and colors that evoke the style of a project. This is where I can show off and project my design creativity skills! Why a concept board? One of the most difficult parts of interior design, especially for the client, is envisioning what a space is going to look like at the end. Showing clients a board helps them visualize their ideas, it helps them and myself mix and match design elements and remove/add ideas. The concept board is a great way to explore the design and lay out my inspiration in a comprehensible way. Studio 9 specifies different options of furnishings all well coordinated no matter what the client selects, forming a unique tailored design aesthetic for each client. Each concept board introduces a comfortable amount of variations on how a room can be set up without overwhelming the client. Of course floor plans and elevations are also introduced to the client for the overall design concept presentation along with samples of fabrics and materials, those will be introduced in a different blog post.
I like to go through fabric and color swatches and pin them on the board. Doing so gives the client an idea of which fabrics and materials are going to go with which piece. As an Interior designer, I frequently get questions like: What color should I use? What will this color look like in the room? Boards are the perfect solution for showing the client color in relation with other items they like. The great reason to use concept boards is that it gives the client the opportunity to move ideas around, change their mind with colors, etc. Some rooms end up looking exactly like the boards and others take a sudden twist as a spin off of the board taking on a whole different direction because of different factors like budget, client changes their mind, items out of stock, etc. The concept board is a useful tool to effectively communicate the design ideas to my clients.