7 tips to create & capture a material board

7 tips to create & capture a material board

A material board is a great way to convey your design intention. Below are our top tips to create and capture your board to share with clients. All of the imagery below feature Glosswood’s timber lining boards or acoustic panels.

1. Add materials that have depth.

Utilising multiple textures gives the board life and prevents it from looking flat. The curved Glosswood profile bring visual interest in this board and creates movement.

2. Change the angle.

If your moodboard is looking flat, change up the angle you’re taking the photo from. Angle the frame, or simply moving closer can enhance the materials selected.


3. Use complimentary colours.

Some of the most attractive material boards tend to have similar tones, as seen in the flat-lay below. The materials don’t need to be the same colour, just complimentary hues.

4. Place items outside the frame.

If your image isn’t looking “right”, it could be because you’re taking the photo too far away and all items are sitting in the frame. This can make the board look cluttered and takes away from the beauty of the products. To ensure the shot are engaging, ensure materials flow out of the camera’s view.


5. Add natural greenery to the board.

Nothing brings life to a board like a pop of greenery. Vines and leaves tend to look best as they bring curvature.


6. Pick a key piece to focus on.

Pick one item that captures the eye, and try shooting around this key piece. This can often help the viewer hone in on a individual item.


7. Take a piece away – less is more.

Some of the best boards only feature a few materials. Try taking away the last few items to see what you’re left with.

Thanks for sharing:

1. NN Collective

2. Neo Interior Design.

3. Carolyn Cook Interiors.

4. La Vie Interiors.

5. HAL Interiors.

6. Space Dresser.

7. Jane Ledge Interiors