Have a design in mind but not sure where to begin?


Sound familiar. We’ve all been there. So what’s the best way to get started? I don’t know about you, but these steps usually help me out.

1. Open the Olioboard Editor

2. Choose a Style – What are you going for with the space in question. Do you want it to be energetic or calm? Are you a fan of minimal and modern, quaint and romantic, maybe country, rustic? If you can sum it up in a couple of words, it will help you keep your design focused. For me it usually ends up classic and rustic.

3. Choose a colour scheme and stick with it – A great way to create a colour scheme is to look to fabrics. Pick out a colourful patterned fabric you like and pull your colours from that.

4. Once you have a style and colour scheme nailed down, start pulling items onto your board that reflect them. Pull as much as you want on to your board (don’t worry about clutter. You can always delete them later). The idea here is to pull multiple items and compare them to each other. The more options you have on the board, the easier it will be to see what works and what doesn’t.

5. Start stripping back – Avoid cluttering the space with loads of little trinkets that fit the style and colour scheme but aren’t really adding much to the overall design. More often than not, it just take a few key pieces to bring a room together, without making it busy.

6. Save the design. If you’re not loving it 100%, don’t fret. It takes time to get the design to reflect your vision. If you like elements of the olioboard you created but not all of it, duplicate the board and create a similar version with an alternate colour scheme or decor accents. The great thing about Olioboard is that you can keep doing this until it feels right.

7. Remember to enjoy the process. It can be a challenge, but the end result is always worth it.

Happy olioboarding!