When it comes to designing a space, style boards are a brilliant way to kickstart the process. Whether created physically or digitally, they’re a useful way to gather your ideas together in one place, allowing you to pair furniture, colours, materials and finishes, experimenting to see what works well and what doesn’t. Best of all, style boards help you to figure out the overall look and feel of a space before you spend any money or commit to the design work.
But where to begin? There are no set rules when it comes to creating a style board – simply choose an element that you love, such as a piece of furniture or favourite colour, and let the look evolve from there. To help demystify the process, we’re profiling three different living spaces each with a unique starting point, showing how they went from ideas on a style board to a fully realised concept.
LOOK 2: A MULTIFUNCTIONAL FAMILY ROOM
Earmarked as a family space, this design was driven by the fact that this room (part of a modern home in Madrid, Spain) had to cater to different generations and activities. Deciding early on that the space would need to be zoned, we selected a single, standout piece of furniture – the SENDAI table – and allowed this design to guide the room’s material and colour palette. Complementary pieces such as the RIGA armchair and MISOOL dining chair, were then included in multiples to create visually pleasing repeat patterns, while the ochre-toned QUITO rug was chosen to enliven the neutral backdrop and naturally prompted the inclusion of pops of moss green.
LOOK 3: THE ULTIMATE LIVE-WORK SPACE
It was actually a pair of abstract artworks that kickstarted the concept for this Chicago live-work space (included as the backdrop to the style board), inspiring the sophisticated palette of cream and grey tones that is highlighted with bursts of navy blue. A large space, we knew it could handle a selection of statement pieces, and so opted to include the SIRMIONE tall cabinet, SAINT DENIS dining chair and ARENDAL side table. These all find unity through interesting textures and elements of exotic dark wood, while we switched out the brushed-brass details in favour of polished steel for a cool and contemporary finish, building the full look from there.