That’s the Interior Designer’s Job?! What You Didn’t Know About Finish Boards
Senior Interior Designer
January 14, 2021
Everyone knows all that Interior Designers do is put create finish boards, right? No way! Yes, finish boards are a part of our job, but they are certainly not all of it. And beyond that, most people would be surprised at the effort to create a useful, artfully crafted finish board (hint: it’s more than selecting colors that go together!).
Here are a few fun facts you probably didn’t know about creating finish boards:
1) Creating finish boards starts long before the cute little samples get placed on the board.
Interior Designers spend several hours meeting with reps and learning about new products, materials, and technologies. Understanding all of the options when it comes to finishes allows us to select the right material for the application and ultimately ensure durability and safety first (and beauty second).
2) Finish boards actually have to be durable.
Ideally, we would present final finish selections on a beautifully crafted finish board to clients in person. Now more than ever, we know that is not always possible. Often boards are shipped to clients with no face to face interaction. Designers may never really know where their boards could end up. For this reason, we put careful thought into the best way to affix materials to boards, accounting for the fact that different finishes require different methods of adherence. We want something durable and impactful for clients.
3) Making finish boards can hurt!
As I mentioned, finish boards must be durable. Because of this, we use heavy-duty tapes, Velcro, and glue to affix samples. Sometimes these materials actually stick to you, and by the time you’re done with your board, the skin on your fingers is sore from unsticking Velcro dots to yourself. Painful fingers are a small price to pay to visualize the thoughtful research that goes into selecting materials.
While Interior Designers love creating finish boards, there certainly is more to them than meets the eye! An invaluable tool to help communicate and collaborate with our clients, they’re always worth the blood, sweat, and tears that go into their creation.