PowerPoint Design Ideas

It’s impossible for us to tell you which design ideas you should go after in your next PowerPoint, because, well, we don’t know what the goal of your presentation is. But, as it turns out, PowerPoint can make these suggestions.

In PowerPoint 2016 and later, PowerPoint is filled with interesting boilerplate designs you can start with. To find these suggestions, open PowerPoint and click the “Design” tab in your top navigation bar. Then, on the far right side, you’ll see the following options:


Click the “Design Ideas” option under this Design tab, as shown in the screenshot above. This icon will reveal a vertical list of interesting slide layouts based on what your slides already have on them.

Don’t have any content on your slides yet? You can easily shuffle this vertical list of design ideas by clicking various slides themes inside the color carousel to the far left of the Design Ideas icon, as shown below:


As you browse and select from the themes shown above, your Design Ideas pane to the right will interpret them and come up with layouts such as:

Paint Splash


Covering a more creative subject for a younger or more energetic audience? On behalf of PowerPoint, might we suggest the cover slide design above?

Artistic Curves

PowerPoint cover slide design idea with green artistic curvesThis design doesn’t have the intensity of the first slide on this list, but it maintains a sense of informality that all PowerPoint presentations benefit from.



There’s an old-fashioned feel to the design above that sets a fun but relaxing tone for its audience.

Warm Tiles


This design idea focuses on warm colors, helping to emphasize the black title tile on top of it.

Textured Backdrop

PowerPoint cover slide design idea with wooden textured background

We’re particularly fond of this PowerPoint design style. By using real textures — like wood, as shown above — you add depth to your slides. This can help your content capture and hold your audience’s attention more easily.

To see some examples of the best PowerPoint presentation designs, check out the following decks.

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