moodboard examples

SampleBoard & Pinterest

July 7, 2012

Sample board created by Rosena on using Pinterest pins

Have you joined the craze for Pinterest? Do love Pinterest? Did you know you can combine all your Pinterest pins onto a board using You can import pins and create collages. They work really well together.

Sample board created by Rosena on using Pinterest pins

The advantage of uploading pins from Pinterest into your library; they can then be easily transferred to any sample board you are creating. There are a number of things you can do with the images to enhance your mood board design. For example you can copy them, crop the image to remove part of the image, flip the image or move the image behind or in front of other items.

Board created on by Rosena on using Pinterest pins

You can also remove the background from the image and one of my favorite edit tools is the text tool which enables you to write on your board. And there’s much more the edits I have mentioned are only some of the basic tools available on

Sample Board created by Rosena on using Pinterest pins

Combining the brilliance of Pinterest with the diversity of the SampleBoard editor is not only fun but enables you to create professional looking concept and mood boards. Why not give it a try it is only a button away. Also note if you click on any of the boards in this blog you will find a list of suppliers and the link to the Pinterest pins.

Follow us on Pinterest for inspirational pins & great interior ideas!

  Concept board created by Rosena on using Pinterest pins

Author: Rosena MacFadzean for – concept creation online has a whole new look, has been improved and rebranded

January 27, 2012

The team is buzzing with excitement SampleBoard has a cool new website. All of the best original features have been retained. But it just got a whole lot easier, faster and it is still the greenest way of creating great professional looking design concept boards.

Concept board created by Rosena on

The original site was launched in 2010. The aim of the creation; designed by designers for designers was to digitize the process of making sample boards. The traditional way of creating sample boards took a lot of running around, time and energy. I remember days of driving around for hours in and out of the car in the Queensland heat.  I love SampleBoard because it is eco-friendly and time efficient.

              Concept board created by Rosena on

Interior designers, decorators, landscape designers, fashion designers and wedding planners can create design concept boards using the extensive library of images and/or easily upload their own images. SampleBoard is also a great place to interact with other designers and share ideas.

Concept board created by Rosena on

In this blog I have included examples of my first adventures on the new site. The best way to really view the changes is to have ago. Please let us know what you think we welcome your comments and suggestions.

Concept board created by Rosena on

Interior Design Student Competition | Design an inspired space!

September 5, 2011

Calling all Students of Interior Design | Design an inspired space!

Create a sampleboard that reflects your ideas and best communicates your design interpretation of an inspired space. Your sampleboard should consist of a compilation of samples of fabric and wallcoverings swatches, lighting, materials, fittings, images, text, colour scheme, furniture, furnishings, and accessories – whatever inspires you.

The winner will receive a 3 month free Ultimate Creator Membership on as well as be featured on our blog and newsletter to the creative world of professional designers. Get your name out there as the new hot aspiring creative Interior Designer!

Here’s some our current entries to get your creative juices flowing…

Competition entry created by Joanne Du Bois on

and another inspirational sampleboard….

Competition entry created by Chanel Willard on

For more info visit SampleBoard’s Competition Detail.

This Competition is open to any student of design with a flair for interiors : )

Happy Creating!

Interior Design | Decorating with Color

July 7, 2011

SampleBoard created by Moira Mannen on

Talking about Tints: Interior Decoration Color Schemes

Color is considered by many to be the most important of the interior design elements. Color can create moods, make a room appear bigger or make a room appear colder or warmer. It is a powerful interior decorating tool. This article will give you some hints on how you can easily select the best colors for your interior decorating project and how to decorate with color.

Color is a fascinating subject. Did you know – the most popular car colors are the least safe?  Ancient Greek temples were originally brightly painted? The apparent length of a committee meeting can depend on the colors used to decorate the room it is held in? These facts indicate the power of color and why it is important to select the right color.

Colors are basically light or dark, warm or cool. Light and cool colors tend to recede (when used on the walls of a room they can make the walls appear to move out) and can make a room appear bigger. Dark and warm colors appear to advance into a room and can make a room appear smaller.

SampleBoard created by Moira Mannen on

Decorating with Color

When you are selecting a color for a room there are three main things you need to consider. The first one is the aspect of the room. This is the position of the room in relate to the sun. Does the room face the sun or not. Rooms that get a lot of sunlight can appear hot. Rooms that get little or no sunlight can appear cool. If you want a room that gets a lot of sunlight to appear cooler then use cool colors from the green or blue family of colors. If you have a room that gets no sunlight and you want it to appear warmer then use warm colors from the red, yellow orange family.

The second consideration is your personal preference. The color selected should suit your personality. If your favorite color is blue but the room you are decorating appears cool using your favorite color could create a problem. Blue could make a room a room that gets no sun appear cool. To overcome this challenge you could use a warm color (for example orange) tinted to appear nearly neutral on the walls. Then use your favorite blue color in other items in the room.

All colors can be tinted. To create a tint of a color all you need to do is add white. Tinted colors have white added to make them appear lighter. The third thing to consider when selecting colors for a room is the size and shape of the room. If the room is small light colors can make it appear bigger. If a room is large warm colors can make it appear smaller. If the room is very long and narrow the short walls can be painted in a darker or warmer color than the color used on the longer walls. This will make to shorter walls appear to advance into the room in comparison to the longer walls, making the room appear shorter and wider.

Test your color schemes on our interior design moodboard editor now to see which colors are best to use for different parts of the room.

Author: Rosena MacFadzean for

Client Presentations | Create Color Schemes in various Design Disciplines

July 5, 2011

SampleBoard created by Pixy Louise Smith on

Create a Color Scheme with your initial design presentation

The easiest way to start designing a look and feel for a client is by getting the color scheme right from the beginning. By presenting various color schemes when pitching to a client it will give you a good indication of the feeling your client wants to create, be it an interior space, fashion collection, graphic brochure or website layout…

Most creative design disciplines require some sort of color scheme when creating an initial design – may it be by using paint swatches, fabric samples, HEX or RGB color codes. Color schemes are useful in any design presentation.

SampleBoard created by Pixy Louise Smith on

Designers in various design disciplines can easily create their own color palette on by following these steps.

Check out’s Creative Community for more inspirational ideas on how to create beautiful sampleboard presentations.

Contemporary Kitchen Design | Inspirational SampleBoard using CeasarStone

June 30, 2011

SampleBoard created by Moira Mannen on

Kitchen Design | Use fabulous finishes like CeasarStone

The most important thing to remember when designing your clients (or your own) kitchen are the finishes. Kitchen’s are always valued by which finishes you select so bare this in mind when designing a kitchen from scratch.

Usually an Interior Designer would start with the kitchen countertops and build the scheme around it. A popular choice at the moment is CeasarStone.

CaesarStone kitchen tops have four times the flexural strength and double the impact resistance of granite while impressively outperforming marble. With a beautiful color range to choose from, if you can afford it, this is definitely the way to go!

You can view and play with the CeasarStone colorways, creating your own kitchen design, on, searching under:

  • ‘Interior Design’ design discipline
  • Category: Decorative Surfaces
  • Type: CeasarStone
Happy Creating!

Inspirational SampleBoard | Use nature as inspiration for design projects

June 28, 2011

Sampleboard created by Eileen Reiner on

‘Designers Block’ | Using nature to portray visual ideas

We all use design in our everyday life, we just don’t always realise its impact on us! We also know how important it is to get clients and colleagues on the same creative page quickly when working on a project.

Nothing does this better than an inspirational concept/mood or sampleboard. Whether designing interiors, capturing trends or creating colour schemes or themes – sampleboards capture visual ideas.

All of us sometimes suffer from ‘designers block’, on these days try using nature to stimulate your creative process, you’ll be amazed how fast a beautiful old tree trunk turns into the inspiration for your look and feel concept like the Inspirational SampleBoard created by Eileen. allows you to save time, energy, money and the environment by creating digital sampleboards, from the comfort of your own creative space…

Wedding Planning | Inspirational Moodboard Design

June 8, 2011

SampleBoard created by Rosena MacFadzean on

Wedding Planning on | Inspirational moodboard

Be inspired for your wedding day with many wedding theme images available on to help you plan your perfect day.

With the easy to use drag-and-drop editor you can create inspirational moodboards in minutes!

Check out for moodboards from others in the Creative Community, plus sign up for free to give it a go!


Interior Design client presentation | Use titleblocks and firm logo’s for more professional looking sampleboards

June 8, 2011

SampleBoard created by Simone van der Plas on

Client presentation | Use Titleblocks and firm Logo’s for more professional looking sampleboards

When using a drafting program such as AutoCAD or ArchiCAD you typically have a page template that includes the following:

  • Job title/project title ( in this case “Gelissimo Gelato”)
  • Client name
  • Address (site position)
  • ‘Drawn by’ name (designers initials, so other people on the project has a reference if they need to query something)
  • Note ( as the designer you need to notify if the page is not to scale, or any additional information that’s important when reading/viewing the drawing)
  • Title of the page ( Sampleboard/Scheme design/Concept)
  • Drawing number (this helps with filing the physical plans/sketches in a physical library or electronically in your project folder)
  • Firm/company logo with name, address and contact details (usually sits either on the left or right-hand side of the template)

Titleblock detail

This type of template is standard practice in any architectural or interior design firm. It allows for order, referencing and can range from a complete project drawing package that includes architectural layouts, detail drawings, shop fitting details, elevations, sections, lighting layouts, plumbing layouts concept scheme ideas and sampleboards.

The reason for this brief introduction to titleblocks is that I wanted to demonstrate how it lifts the overall feel of your sampleboard to one that can easily be used in a client presentation along with your professional drawing sets. It can form a complete entity which in turn creates a more professional client pitch or presentation.

We are constantly improving and adding to the functionality and features at, as well as ensuring it’s an inspiring space from which you can create and interact. We are working on bringing you easy-to-use titleblock templates soon.

Happy creating!

Sophisticated, contemporary Interior Design | Inspirational Moodboard

June 2, 2011

SampleBoard created by Moira Mannen on

Inspirational Moodboard | Using the drop-shadow, opacity and blur tools for better looking moodboards

In this SampleBoard, Moira has used a combination of easy-to-use tools to create an excellent look and feel to her board.

The main component used was the background image (which can be found under the drop-down menu: Interior Design_Dining Room_Lifestyle). If you look carefully you will note the image was cloned, cropped and flipped so that the entire page is filled.

This image allowed her to easily place her samples and product images around it, giving it a ‘room-like’ affect.

Lets look at the pendants – 3 tools were used to create this effect:

Clone, Opacity and Blur (You can use your toggle to play around with the size of the image). You have to use your eye and visual sense of proportion to create realistic depth, but with practice it should come more naturally each time you create a 3D effect.

She dropped in her samples (wooden veneers, wallpaper, paint colors) and furniture images but made sure to use the magic eraser to eliminate any backgrounds and then softened the edges with the drop shadow tool. This also allows it to make it pop out from the background.

Lastly a model was dropped in which gives the board a quirky and fun feel and even makes it more realistic so clients can relate to it more (This reminds me of my student days where we did hand-drawn perspectives and traced over models out of magazines to give it a lived-in look and feel…)

So there you have it in a nutshell. Hope this quick tutorial tips gave you some amazing ideas for your next fabulous SampleBoard creation!

Happy creating!


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