When I'm working with a client to design their space, one important piece of the process is making a design board. Because interior design is based on visuals, or how things look, the design board allows me to show the client my vision for their space before we bring in a single piece. Also, with so many items being hard to find locally, it gives a busy client the opportunity to quickly and easily order everything shipped right to their door.
Sometimes one design plan combines all the best options for a space, but if the room is a blank slate I often like to draw up two design boards to let the client choose the one that best suits their style. For example, here is a guest bedroom that the client wanted to feel warm and inviting. The only things that had to stay were the paint color and window treatment, so I gave her two options:
One with green accents:
And the other with mustard yellow:
Ulimately, the client decided she preferred the green and also wanted the floor space instead of a desk, so I was able to easily switch out a few pieces as well as include a chair similar to one she already had so that she could see how those pieces would look together:
It is so much easier to switch out pictures to see what you like than to bring an item into the room only to discover it doesn't look the way you expected! I was working with my sister on my nephew's "big boy" room and found this to be true. She had painted the walls a pale blue and chosen some bedding, so that's where we started. Her goal was to add navy and orange for a punch of color, plus she already had a dark gray dresser, so I wanted to work that in if we could.
She had seen a fabric she liked for curtains, so I threw it together with the bedding in an image:
While I like both the bedding and the fabric separately, together they just weren't working. Because the bedding had both a bold pattern and geometric shapes (the circles), I thought we needed to keep the orange accents simple and repeat the circles in another part of the design instead of competing with them.
Much better! Sometimes you have to eliminate what doesn't work to find what does! I actually made one more design board with a "transportation" theme that she chose over the "adventure" theme, but I'll save that for when I can show you the finished room!
If you're feeling stuck, unable to imagine what your space could look like, a design board could be just what you need to get a new vision!