Colourboards are an easy way to visualize the final look of an office
by putting together different colours and finishes to see what looks great in an area.
A colour board also helps you to understand how different elements like style, lighting, and direction of a room will impact different colour tones, textures and finishes when put together.
When starting a new project it’s always good to discuss with your client the colours that they would like to see in their office.
Keeping their needs and choices in mind use colour tones that are acceptable to all and not offending to anyone. This rule is of utmost importance if you are designing a cooperate environment. You want the colour scheme to be a pleasant experience for everyone working in that office.
If a project requires more than just new furniture it’s best to create two or more colour boards showing warm, cool and neutral colour schemes and finishes so that the client has a variety to choose from.
Start with choosing a presentation board which is big enough to hold all the samples and finishes that you want to present to the client. Choose a contrasting colour so that the samples pop out on the board.
Start positioning all the samples and finishes by putting the wall paint at the very top then fabric pieces for drapes (if any) then furniture laminates and finally the carpet to give an effect of how things will look when put together.
Use tape around the presentation board to get a neat and perfect border.
Make sure you leave space and align the samples properly before you glue them. Use different kinds of glues like cement glue, hot gun and even tape depending on the texture of the samples.
It’s wise to position the samples in different ways just to see how they look and what look and size is best before gluing them permanently. Make sure that the presentation board is on a straight surface before starting your work.
Add different colours, textures and fabrics if possible which appeals the eyes. But, don’t over do or completely cover the board. Print out neat and clear labels showing the sample names, series and the supplier. Add your business card and the office layout if available on the colour board…. voila!!
Leave the board to dry over night, its best if you put some weight on the heavy pieces or tile samples so that they stick well to the board.
Remember the more the appealing the colour boards is the more chances are that it will catch your client’s eye and possibly lead to a project well done.