How To Create Elevations With High Visual Impact

It takes many hours of research, investigation and hair-pulling,  to bring together a cohesive, practical and aesthetically pleasing interior design scheme. Which is why it is SUPER important that you make sure your final designs are conveyed accurately, in a high impact visual presentation.  This can take many different forms, including, but not limited to, an elevation.

A rendered elevation is a fantastic communication tool, especially when time isn’t on your side.  You can create a quick snapshot of the design, and illustrate the colour palette, product selection and furniture arrangement to your client, in a neat little visual.  If you provide this elevation as a watercolour illustration, it will also have heaps of personality, which is particularly useful for e-design services, where it can be challenging to incorporate that all important ‘personal touch’.       

We want you, as an Interior Designer, to completely BLOW YOUR CLIENT AWAY with your design skills AND your ability to convey your designs using an elevation, which is why we’ve put together our top tips on CRUSHING elevations!




This kitchen elevation has been completely transformed by the inclusion of a garden background.  Charm and personality?  This elevation has it…AND THEN SOME!


One of the best tricks to incorporate into an elevation, is the illusion of added depth.  The best way to do this, is to layer furniture and/or accessories.  In the above elevation, the coffee table is in front of the sofa, which is in front of the console table, which is in front of the wall.  Each little area also has a number of decorative accessories, to add further visual interest, thereby encouraging the viewer to explore the various elements of this design.  Genius!





It isn’t always necessary to use the full expanse of wall, sometimes just using a section of the wall is enough (and in some instances provides more impact).  Notice again how the objects have been layered to create an added sense of depth.


If there is going to be a contrasting colour or wallpaper on a different wall to the elevation you are using; include it!  In the above elevation, a section of wall has been included on the left, which illustrates a patterned polka-dot wallpaper that is being used elsewhere in the room.  This is useful to show your clients how the pattern will look alongside other colour selections in the space.




Mirror reflections are a very quick way to inject your rendered elevation with a high level of skill and creative flair. Perfect for creating a unique client experience and helping your brand to stand out.



Try new colour palettes and different materials/finishes that you wouldn’t normally include in a design (especially kitchens!) to help you stand out online; particularly on Instagram and Pinterest where interior design inspiration is in high demand.




Flowers and plants always add a soft and whimsical influence, which in turn provides the drawing with a great sense of charm and personality.


Your elevation will benefit tremendously if you remember to add height to the wall.  It’s another great way to prevent the elevation from appearing visually flat.  This can be successfully achieved with the inclusion of Art, lighting or storage.


Statement chairs and cushions are amazing ‘fillers’.  They can help reinforce an accent colour, or a contrasting pattern/fabric.  Cushions can be plopped on chairs, in baskets, on top of sideboards or on shelving units.  These props are an effective way to help keep the elevation visually stimulating (and helps to pull the design together).




Whether it’s free-standing or fixed, shelving is a great way to add height and visual interest to an elevation.  The very simple shelving in the above elevation is all that’s needed to bring the entire design together.

We hope you’ve found our top tips useful!  If you’ve been inspired to create an EPIC elevation, use the hashtag #sketchuphub on Instagram so that we can see your amazing work!


9 responses on "How To Create Elevations With High Visual Impact"

  1. Great tips Anita and they are very helpful. Thank you so much.

  2. Hi Anita,

    great tips & very easy to read and to keep in mind!

    Looking forward doing your course soon!


  3. Anita these are really great tips- thank you. In the first tip “create a background” is this a case of making another wall behind the elevation and projecting an image onto it? It’s probably in your course and I’ve forgotten again! ?

    • Hey Sarah, glad you enjoyed this blog post! Yes, make a wall behind the window and apply a texture of an exterior. You don’t need to project it. You only project when the texture is being applied to organic (curved) geometry. I didn’t include this in my course but it’s easy, you should have no problems! Why don’t you give it a try? Do a Google search for gardens, make sure the image is large and save it as a texture in your SU file ?


  4. Brilliant- thank you. I wii give it a go. ??

  5. Great blog Anita! You are such an inspiration. xxx

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