How to make an interior materials overview 


You want the materials you choose to support your style. Try to remember your all-time favorite materials. For me it is oak, white stucco, slate, rice paper, matte chrome, cotton, and linen. It is important to follow your heart and use these materials first. Sometimes it is clear, and you are certain it will all come together in a room. But if there are big differences in your taste you need to consider how to combine these varied materials. Here starts “how to make an interior materials overview.” And even if you have the confidence, I still like to make an overview to show and make my vision clear to others. 

What kind of materials do you have to think of? 

Of course, it depends on the space you want to decorate in whatever style: It is what you prefer. Large surfaces such as the floor and walls are particularly important for the atmosphere, but do not forget the layers that come on top. The most important parts in a room and some examples of materials. 

  • Flooring, wood, stone, carpet, concrete, terrazzo, marble 
  • Wall covering, stucco, wallpaper, bricks, wood, tiles, paint 
  • Window coverings, textile, wooden or aluminum blinds, cascade blind, roman blind, shutters 
  • Furniture, wood, steel, textile, leather,   
  • Carpets, sisal, wool, cotton, mixed materials,  
  • Hardware, bronze, chrome, copper, gold, colored, black, wood, silver 
  • Accessories, glass, cane, ceramic, silver, clay 

How to display the materials 

I use 3 methods: 

Method 1, Pinterest board

I collect the materials I like on a Pinterest board. I have made one with materials/product for my “project Vaarkracht”, to get an impression of the coastal vibe.It is easy to make. Just start with looking at your favorite pictures of rooms on Pinterest, what kind of flooring do you see and love. Search for that kind of flooring and continue with all the other elements I mentioned above. This first method is more to collect inspiration and define what combines well together. 

Method 2, Tray with samples 

This method is a more physical method. I use a white, wood or black tray to collect paint color-, wallpaper-, flooring samples, and to add materials to define my style. If I do not have a sample of a material, I will print a picture of it. 

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Method 3, Digital overview 

If I want a digital definite overview of the materials, I use a PowerPoint or Keynote template. Easy to take and it is especially important to show others when you go shopping, for example. 

Some examples of this last method, a digital overview made with a template from Creative Market, Loh Studio

Beach house materials
Scandinavian materials mood board
Scandinavian materials
Classic-Contemporary materials
Industrial materials

Why a materials overview? 

Why should you make an interior materials overview? It helps you to build a cohesive interior. It makes shopping easier because you can narrow down where you must look for, and well-chosen materials can elevate your room.  

What other elements should I consider? 


Of course, if it is a functional material. White carpet in a mudroom will not be functional. But pavement (even outdoor pavement) is a better choice.


Try to use warm and cold materials. Concrete floors and steel furniture are beautiful but need to be counterbalanced with a rug or curtains. And the same for tactile and smooth. Look for balance here too. 

Enjoy making your materials overview! 

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