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Interior Design Presentation Boards

Instructor: Anne Butler

Anne has a bachelor's in K-12 art education and a master's in visual art and design. She currently works at a living history museum in Colorado.

When interior designers are working with their clients, they work together to make their customer's dreams a reality. These dreams are usually decided on with an interior design presentation board.

Purpose of the Board

A presentation board is used by an interior designer to show their clients their ideas for whichever room they have been hired to redesign. They can also sometimes be referred to as mood boards, and they include many items. If the designer is doing more than one room, the floor plan is shown. A color scheme is also displayed, the colors depending on what kind of mood the clients want the room to have, or what its purpose will be. Different ideas for furniture are displayed, as well as flooring examples and lighting ideas.

Computerized versus Collage

When interior designers are in school, one of their final presentations is to create a design board showing all of their ideas for a potential interior. These are usually attached to a foam board. They include everything from fabric swatches to flooring samples. Items like paint samples and wallpaper are something that hardware stores will usually give designers for free. Flooring samples usually cost a small fee.

Some designers, however, are going the digital route, creating a board on their computers or tablets. By doing this, they can save time and energy trying to track down samples of what their clients are looking for. Some websites allow users to download their design programs, which the users can utilize to create their boards. By creating their boards digitally, designers can even email their ideas to their clients, saving time on both sides since they won't have to schedule time to meet with each other.

Content of the Board

So what must designers include on a design presentation board? Everything from floor to ceiling must be considered for a design. Even the walls must be considered when planning interior designs.

Floor Plan

Before deciding on what is going in, designers and their clients have to figure out what's going out- will they have to move a wall? Sometimes in a renovation, people decide they want bigger closets or a bigger bathroom. They need to meet with a contractor to figure out which walls can actually be moved and which are load-bearing, meaning they support the ceilings and moving them is an issue. Once all that is resolved, the designers can present their updated floor plans to their clients. This new floor plan can be placed prominently on the board.

Floor Plan
floor plan

Color Schemes

After the floor plan is decided, then a color scheme can be created. For rooms like kitchens, color schemes are livelier and use warm colors like red, yellow, and orange. For rooms like bathrooms and bedrooms, color schemes are more peaceful and use cool colors, like green, blue, and purple. Neutral colors are utilized as well, adding lighter and darker shades to whichever colors the client and designers have decided on.


Once the floor plan and color scheme have been established, the designers and clients can decide on what kind of flooring they want. Bathrooms usually have tile floors. Wood flooring is very popular, but sometimes people want to go with carpeting for rooms such as bedrooms.

Wood Flooring

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