From Design Concept To Completed Room

Throughout the years we have used various different methods to be able to help clients ‘see’ what their home will look like once it’s finished. Everything from samples, to physical mood boards to now online room boards and 3D visualisations. It’s all come a long way and in many ways can make signing off on a design concept so much easier, however, it can sometimes be both a blessing and a curse as the feeling of the room can often be lost.

Even when you manage to nail it. For example, this bathroom in our Dorking interior design project is looking so good on the board.  The board below was the final sign off for the room from the client and the finished design. I couldn’t be happier with the result, it’s pretty much picture perfect to what we expected the room would look like. However, sometimes for clients, this can seem like a leap rather than a hop skip and a jump as the images themselves can look a little flat.

We have used sketch-up to be able to help clients sign off on designs but again they can come across as a little flat. Full 3D renders are gorgeous but take a lot of time and often projects are under time constraints which can make them very difficult to get perfect before presenting. This lounge area was done as a 3D sketch-up, not a full render, to give an outline of the space as it was completely created out of the several rooms and so it was impossible for the client to get an idea of how the spaces would work together (this was previously a dining room, 2 bedrooms and a bathroom). It helps from a space planning perspective but definitely didn’t give a full overview of what the room would feel like.


What do you think is more useful? A good room board with samples or a 3D visualisation?

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