I admit it is a bit back to front to start the Interior Design tips with the final board. The presentation board is the last thing that the people attending my classes do but I feel so inspired by the boards this year that I just had to write about it.

 I call it a Presentation board, but it’s also known as Mood board, Sample board. Its purpose is to present the final design proposal to a client.

You can do it for yourself and there are a number of benefits:

  • To help you decide on a style, colour scheme (because there are too many things we like on Instagram and Pinterest).
  • To see how would the scheme work before you start spending money. You can take a photo on your phone and have it with you when you go shopping.
  • To present your ideas to a shop assistant, tradesperson, family member, designer or an architect.

So here are my few tips for doing a Presentation Board:

  • You can use cardboard, foam board, box, frame.
  • Use a measured plan of your room on the board to see how everything fits together.
  • Collect samples or/and images for your chosen scheme.
  • When using glue, apply evenly to avoid pealing. Use glue suitable for the sample. A good all-rounder is PVA glue.
  • Adequate size of visuals and samples for the boars (not too many white spaces but also leave enough of negative space to avoid the board looking messy and unclear).
  • Use coloured visuals (drawings, collages, floor sections) to showcase the look of your room.
  • The samples need to make sense (adjacency) on the board.  A sample of flooring should always go at the bottom, cushion fabric sample next to a sofa fabric sample etc.
  • Add Key/List of all the items on the board. Or for more informal look write the info next to the sample.
  • Size of samples needs to correspond to the size of the area covering the room. For example is all 4 walls are covered in wallpaper you can cover the whole board in the wallpaper and use it as a starting point for the presentation board.
  • Don’t tilt the visuals and samples, stick them squarely on the mounting board.
  • Use different colour paper to frame the visuals, it adds interest and looks very smart.

And here is a selection of Presentation Boards from people coming to my classes this year. Those people have never done anything similar to this and have successful careers in other fields.