One of the first things I ask my customer is if they see a design in my shop that they like. That way I at least know what style I'm dealing with.
The next step is to ask them to send pictures to me of the room where the mosaic will be hanging so that I can get a feel for their style and colors . If they have a paint chip I ask them to send it to me. Sometimes they send pictures from magazines too.
Many of my customers want to include some of their own keepsakes in the mosaic. Once I receive these the design starts to take shape in my mind.
I like to sketch out the design on graph paper and email them a copy. This makes it easier to convey what you are thinking and is a great place to start a conversation of likes and dislikes, sizes, shapes, etc..
|This is a partial design that I did for one of my customers. Their decor was a cross between ultra modern and very country.|
Working up a color board probably stems from so many years of studying interior design. It gives you a clear view of your colors, textures, patterns, etc. that you have to work with. I get all my tiles, gems, and anything else I can find that I think would go well with the color scheme of my customer's room and email it to them. That way they can then pick and choose what they like.
|This is one of the photos I emailed to my customer for ideas. The paint chip and photo are included with the color board.|
|Another photo I emailed to my customer for approval.|
|I don't bother with the edges because I know the tiles will be used and don't require a primer. This is a 3/4" piece of plywood that will go above a stove area. The wood has been sealed.|
Until Next Time :)