A Client Design Concept

There are a number of ways to go about designing a room.

The second step to many e-designs for me is to create a conceptual design.   If the client is purchasing a 3d drawing with their package, I create the room in 3d, based on the actual measurements.  Then, once the walls and all are up, I add some basic furniture and play around with general concepts.

Below are two very general concepts that I came up with in the early stages of the design for the client’s master bedroom.



These are just basic concepts showing furniture placement and a basic color palette.  This client already owned a chaise and dresser that she was for sure keeping in the space, she loved blue yet wanted a relaxing sophisticated feel.

She chose design direction two with the wood plank wall.  So, we whittled away at that a bit and added some accessories.  We came up with these three options.


A second choice in concept was this one.


And, one more that is similar to the first, but with slightly more vibrant fabric on the stools.


If a conceptual design is the second step, what’s the first?   The first step would most commonly be information gathering.  I gather all measurements, information on preferences, taste, inspiration photos, inspiration pieces, and so on.   This all comes before the conceptual drawings that you see above.

Once the general concept is completed in 3d and approved, we move towards sourcing similar items to the ones that are pictured.  We work on creating something similar to the concept drawing.  Next, we create a story board with those actual items to be purchased.  The items are also listed on a shopping list for the client.

Once the story board is done, we go back to the 3d view and update it with as many of the actual items/ fabrics as we can.

In future posts I will show you the storyboard and final 3d drawing.

What process do you go through when creating a design?  Do you start with a basic concept to make sure you are moving in the right direction?



  1. Love your design boards!! They really help a client visualize their space- which is easy for a designer to do in her head- but for a client they need to “see it” before they get it.

  2. Very nice! What program do you use to make your boards?

  3. Your design board is amazing! I am envious of your computer skills. I finished design school just when CAD was becoming popular so I am not fluent using CAD. I still like to do hand drawings! Great job and I look forward to the 3D.

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