Auto Interior Concept Books

Why Use a Concept Book

Putting ideas together in a book or collection is not a new concept. People have been doing this for ages from the new bathroom remodel to the landscape in the backyard. I haven’t seen it done too often with auto interiors. I’ve also seen a lot of people unhappy because they didn’t get exactly what they wanted, mostly due to mis communication.

I run an auto interior business and If a customer doesn’t bring in pictures we always make an internet search part of the design process. It’s too difficult to get into someone else’s mind. A good concept book gives focus and direction to your project and helps the designer/upholsterer get a better grasp on what you really want.

I love when a customer comes in with a hand full of pictures of what they want and don’t want in their interior project. Most of the time we come out of the design meeting with fresh ideas inspired by the book without copying someone else’s designs directly. Custom interiors should be custom to the owner of the vehicle and their personality and style.

What is a Concept Book?

A concept book doesn’t even have to be a book, maybe it’s a computer file or a folder full of pictures and upholstery material ideas. I’ve had customers come in to a design meeting with pictures saved to their phone. Whatever works for you, is what works for me. It’s always easier for the auto interior designer to have an idea of what you want and even what you don’t want. The communication will be so much clearer and you are far less likely to be disappointed because the picture in your mind translated to something different when you explain your concept to the designer or upholsterer.

What to Include in a Concept Book

Some things that you should keep in your “book” are definitely color ideas and color combinations that you are thinking about. This will narrow down the fabric choices you have to make with the upholsterer and they will more than likely know what fabrics to show you based on your color choices without wasting your time and theirs looking at things you don’t want. Upholstery material type and fabric texture is also something to consider. After all, a high shine vinyl will have a different effect than antique leather.

Save lots of pictures of different interior ideas from the internet and magazines, this is probably where most of your ideas will come from. The beauty of auto interior design is that it can be applied to any type of vehicle. What looks good in a new model BMW will look just as good in a 46 Chevy, Ford, etc. so look at everything.

Other sources of Inspiration

If you can make it to a car show in your area, I highly recommend it. Car shows can give you lots of ideas and inspiration for your project and the best part is you can meet the car owners and get their advice too. Anyone you meet at a car show is a good reference. It’s a given that they love cars and more than likely they like talking about their car and any new car projects that might be coming up (your car). Most of these guys and ladies have built a car or two and will probably have pointers for you beyond just your interior concept. It’s always better to learn from someone else’s experience than your own hindsight, they will also have leads on good mechanic’s, paint & body shops and upholstery shops in your area. So have fun, look around, take pictures and then get started!