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You’ve asked many times and I’m sharing! I’ve created a video tutorial on the how to use PowerPoint to create gorgeous and inspiring design concepts for you and your clients. Many of you are surprised when you slide in my DM and find out it doesn’t take much but a Microsoft Office tool. I’ve used a few other software tools to develope my design concepts but I feel that PowerPoint is the easiest most accessible tool to utilize.
A design concept is the first element in executing a design and most critical to streamlining the design process and cutting down the time you spend on a project. So with the many decisions ahead in the design process, there is nothing like getting those creative juices flowing and getting your clients excited about their transformation with pretty photography, materials, illustrations, color palettes, textures and descriptive words.
My video tutorial is a basic guide on how I develop my design concepts; walking through the standard features of my presentation to how I add and edit the design elements for each design concept. Along with the mini-tutorial, I’ve outlined a few tips to follow when creating your mood board.
To streamline the concept development phase, first begin with creating a mood board template that you can utilize at the launch of a new project. Instead of creating the same standard features of your presentation every time you have a new project, your template should be your go to! This template should contain your company logo, border details, project title, colors, theme font and font size of your product labels, etc. When you recieve a new client, you’ll be able to go right into curating your design concept.
Ater careful assessment of your clients needs through a dicovery call, client questionaire and consultation, you should have good idea about the design style and elements needed to incorpate in their design. If your client does not have a particular design style in mind, pulling together some inspirational images of different design styles should help your client determine the direction of their project. To convey the concept, begin sourcing and researching items for your clients approval. Approved furniture and furnishing should be incorporated without overwhelming the board with too many items. Add in texture through plants, selected wallpaper, flower arrangements. Add accessories, decor, color palettes and descriptive words all while remembering to keep your mood board balanced. You don’t have to include every design element that will be used in the execution of your design just as long as the moodboard flows well and provides a beautiful representation of the style and vibe you want your clients to experience.
It happens way too often where I am overwhelmed and the flow of the design is just not coming to me. “Designer Block” is all too real and its okay to walk away for minutes, hours, or days. Take time to reflect on the vision you and your client discussed and how you want to convey your vision as the decorator. Whether your scrolling on social media or out and about, draw new inspiration from everything around you. When you’re ready to return to curating your design concept, the ideas will flow more easily and it will translate beautifully in your presentation.
Design concepts are a key element to kick starting the design phase. PowerPoint is a great, easy tool with a small learning curve and has allowed me to create beautiful design visualizations. I hope that you will find my mini-tutorial and tips useful and they will help elevate your current design concept process!
Be Blessed Beauties,