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Creating Flat-lays

Popular on social media, Flat-lays are a good looking arrangement of samples and swatches and offer the benefit of showing how a materials and finishes look together. It's a fun process, and I recommend it to anyone in the midst of taking decisions for their new build or renovation. To put flat-lays together, of course, you'll need samples of products.


I’m working on a few different projects at the moment. I lay them out as flat-lays because it lets me see the finishes in natural light, and it means that I can also get a beautiful photo of how it looks, to let the clients see just how amazing it is.


Creating flatlays for interiors


A NEUTRAL palette is the optimal solution for those who like interiors with a calm personality that lend themselves to a wide range of styling.


flatlay for a neutral palette



For a stronger look with a slight INDUSTRIAL feel a darker palette adds more masculine character, where the addition of intense timber and marble veins is great to soften its edge.


flatlay for an industrial feel


For those that love the fresh approach of the MID-CENTURY MODERN style a range of finishes complement the simplicity of the architecture, allowing textures and pattern to be the star of the show.


flatlay for a mid century modern home


The CONTEMPORARY look includes a stronger use of texture and pattern with a minimal colour palette which is visually interesting allowing streamlined definition through contrasting finishes.


flatlay for a contemporary look

Flat lays are a great way to show the clients the overall look that I’m trying to create. In this case I’m also using some obscure decorative elements, like old keys that I’ve collected from traveling around the world. It shows that I just want to add some rustic metal elements in, maybe the tap ware...





James Treble is an ambassador for Planet Ark and firmly believes in sensible purchasing, recycling and creative re-purposing. James has three decades of accumulated experience in the Building Industry, Real Estate and Interior Design and regularly shares his knowledge and experience in adding value to properties through effective design & styling. Watch his free videos on YouTube, and follow him on Facebook and Instagram for more free information. More of James' knowledge is now accessible via Practical Design Online Course.