lounge room concept board featuring lounge, rug, plants, coffee table, lighting and art

Why you NEED to make a concept board!

The second step in the creative journey of re-decorating a room is making a concept board (a mood board should be your first step)!

What is a concept board? 

In interior design, a concept board is the bridge between your mood board and the beautiful, finished space. After you've made the mood board to capture and express the mood of the space, your concept board will translate this into the right furniture, accessories, colours and textures to bring your vision to life.   

Your concept board is a safe space to experiment with different types of furniture, curtains, artwork, lighting, flooring and wall colour options, rugs, cushions, plants and accessories - BEFORE you've spent any money on anything! This will save you lots of time, money and stress.

Having a visual representation of the project is invaluable, as it gives you a blueprint to refer back to. This will help keep you on track throughout the creative journey, and will be a useful tool to communicate your ideas to other family members, tradespeople or shop assistants! 

It's still important that your concept board makes you feel something when you (or anyone else) look at it! And it is also important to keep in mind what the intended use of the space will be - what sort of activities will the room be used for.

3 tips when creating a concept board 

1 - Sometimes it is easy to get stuck looking at a blank white page - I suggest putting down a neutral background colour and putting your hero piece of furniture in the middle, this will help you get started! 

2 - Print out your concept board and take it shopping with you! It will provide you with a visual prompt of what your vision for the space was, and will help you make design decisions that are on track with your original vision. 

3 - The whole process is a journey, so you'll need to be open to trying different things and keeping on experimenting until things feel right and look good. If something doesn't work, keep trying something new! Better and easier to do it now, rather than after you've already purchased the items!

2 Tropicasa design elements I LOVE 

1 - Add some big, bold pendant lights to your concept board and to your room, they're an amazing way to provide general lighting in the room and showcase beautiful design elements.

2 - You can also add plants, flowers or sprigs of foliage to your concept board! They are great for evoking feelings and add a sense of calm and vitality to a space.

Read more about the Tropicasa interior decoration style HERE 


Yesterday I left Nusa Penida, and now I am currently staying on Nusa Lembongan and I love it so far! I've been diving and snorkelling with lots of manta rays which i am OBSESSED with!! I'm focusing on doing new art here and developing a new collection of big artworks, and it feels really good to be painting again.

I only have 9 days left in Indonesia now, and then I'm off to Thailand for a month of focusing on making art (and more diving!), I'm excited for lots of Thai food!

Don't forget to book your free, 15 minute discovery call to see how we can transform your home into a space that has a positive effect on your mental health and helps you be your most authentic self!

With sunlight and warmth,

Rae x


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