How to Use Olioboard for Client Presentations

Interior designer Jennifer Reynolds is here today to discuss the benefits of using Olioboard to help envision and quickly move forward with projects–for both homeowners and interior designers seeking approval from clients.

As an interior designer, I’m always looking for new and efficient ways to express my design concepts, ideas and overall plan to clients. While hand sketching and rendering will always be a part of my arsenal, they are not easily changed or modified to show an array of options. In our fast paced world we as designers need tools like Olioboard to quickly and efficiently create visual presentations for our clients.

Olioboard can be used for creating basic concept boards as well as 2D and 3D mood boards. I personally like to use it mostly as a 3D mood board creator, which does take practice and getting used to. The 3D capabilities of Olioboard are amazing and what sets it apart. I’d like to share a few tricks that I’ve learned along the way to make the most out of this amazing online tool.

Follow along below as I work through the design of a Nursery using products and furniture from one of my favorite online resources, Layla Grayce!!

My Top Olioboard Tips and Tricks:

BACKGROUND: I like to copy, flip and layer my backgrounds for a symmetrical look.

Layer Background

AREA RUGS: Use Power Point or Photoshop to manipulate your area rugs into 3D perspective.

area rug

WALLPAPER: Add your favorite wallpaper (or other wall finish) to your backgrounds by using a tiling tool in PowerPoint or Photoshop. I chose this great Birdcage wallpaper by York.


FURNISHINGS: If needed, take the necessary time to manipulate, recolor, or fill in pieces to make sure they look realistic. Check out the 2 black mirrors below; I used a photo editor to fill in the one on the right.

mirror fill in

ADJUSTMENTS: Use Olioboard to make adjustments to your overall design and selections. Decide on screen whether or not you should use green lamps or pink lamps before you purchase.

Lamp color

I used accessories and finishing touches that I found on Olioboard, Layla Grayce and Google images. Here is my final 3D mood board below. I can now successfully show this to my client for an immediate approval and go ahead.

OB-Layla Grayce Nursery

I often love to take the presentation one step further and add an Instagram filter for a final effect. Even if the actual room is not completely symmetrical and maybe there won’t really be two swivel rocking chairs in the room, a presentation like this can give your client a very realistic idea of what the room will look and feel like. It’s a true representation of the products and finishes presented in the concept and can give your client the confidence to say “YES, I love it! Let’s move forward.”


For designers, Olioboard can be an invaluable tool to quickly help your clients make decisions and move forward with projects. As homeowners, it can give you confidence in your choices before you purchase a single item for your space.

I hope you found this post useful. If you haven’t already, head over to Olioboard, sign up and give it a try. Every time I log in and begin a new board I learn something new! Until next time….Happy Olioboard creating!!

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7 Responses to “How to Use Olioboard for Client Presentations”

  1. Jennifer Says:

    Thank you so much for having me as a guest on your blog today!! I had a lot of fun putting this post together and sharing some of my favorite tips with your readers….hope they enjoy!! xo


  2. Sherry Hart Says:

    Boy……I might need some practice! I have used it but mine look a little elementary compared to yours:)

  3. Tiffany Richey Says:

    Great post Jennifer, very helpful!

  4. Lisa Mende Design Says:

    Very Helpful tips! I love your board!

  5. Modern Sophisticate Says:

    I am seeing more and more designers take advantage of Olioboard in their practices but I have never been able to make my boards presentation quality. I appreciate your tips and tricks, especially the Instagram filter! This may help soften the ‘copy/paste’ look which I’ve been trying to avoid. Great post!

  6. Kim Hoegger Says:

    Jennifer, this is absolutely beautiful! You are so very talented as a designer and at working with Olioboard. Thanks so much for sharing. I may need a lesson from you!

  7. Jennifer Says:

    Thank you so much for all of your kind comments!! I am so glad you enjoyed the post. Thank you again Layla Grayce for having me:)


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