If you find yourself asking “What is the difference between a mood board and a concept board?”, this post is for you. There are 4 easy design visuals that your Interior Designer may use on your next project to help you visualize the end result.
As an Interior Designer or Decorator, it’s our job to relay the desirable end result to all of our Clients. It can be difficult to verbally relay the dream in our mind and translate that to you, especially when parts of it can be very technical. For this reason, Designers and Decorators alike use a variety of visuals to help achieve this. These visuals are used in a specific order throughout the process. They are mood boards, concept boards, renderings, and photorealistic renderings.
Mood boards are a collage of images, texts, and objects regarding a single topic. In the world of Interior Design, a mood board is a series of images on a single document that is a springboard representing the look and feel a space would have. It’s typically the first visual in the Interior Design process to ensure everyone is on the same page moving forward. It does not utilize specific products but rather elements that compose the intended design. If a Designer is really clear about the direction to head in, this step is often not needed.
Concept boards on the other hand utilize specific products sourced for that project. For this reason, they are the next visual inline from your Designer. When a Designer begins sourcing for your project, they’ll select the furniture and accessories that either (1) fit with your mood board above, or (2) align with the agreed-upon style and color palette. Your Designer will then curate another collage of the exact products that will compose your design such as the ones below.
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Renderings can vary from Designer to Designer. Some skip straight to photorealistic renderings which you’ll see below, others create content like the ones I’ve done below. Here at KH Home Design, my renderings are an enhanced version of the concept board above. In these visuals, you’ll see the layout of the space and how these elements will work together to compose your entire room.
Photorealism designs are highly realistic 2D computer-generated CGI or images that compose every element of the space. Typically, lighting elements are added to showcase shadows a real-life replication of reality.
I hope this post has helped you learn what to expect from working with a Designer and the different methods of visualizations we use.
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