Okay, so you’ve taken a deep breath, you’ve had a chance to clarify your style… Where to next?
Well, it’s time to get back in touch with your inner child. It’s time to design your mood board!
This is where cutting, pasting and collaging is king. Where all your harboured collections of interior magazines can come out of the woodwork and be used as a starting point for your fabulous renovation.
Getting any sort of ambitious project off the ground can be a daunting task, let alone something as challenging as planning out the execution of your interior upgrade.
With more than a few of us without the time, patience or resources to focus in on a defined style, this is where experimentation can run wild, with the chance to flirt around with different colour combinations and themes without the pressure of coming to a conclusive decision.
With so many possible alternatives for colour schemes, lighting, flooring and accessories – sometimes the beginning is the most overwhelming part.
That’s why creating a mood board can help you determine very early on in the project, what works together and what doesn’t. It becomes your guiding beacon when chaos reigns down, when knee-jerk purchases can quickly turn into costly mistakes and when your vision seems compromised due to conflicting objectives.
I put a tremendous amount of trust into my mood boards; and with these incredibly simple steps you’ll be able to create one…or…two…or…three to assist you in building the confidence needed for your design project.
Look beyond Google Images
With just about everything you may need available with the click of a button, now thanks to the genius of Google, it’s pretty easy to spend a few minutes scrolling through the ‘interior design’ pages that Google images have on offer and be done with it.
This is most certainly not the way to go! With your house being a direct expression of your personality, your individuality – your mood board should echo much of the same.
Take photos of your favourite clothing items, accessories, shoes or handbags. Take photos of the decor of your favourite cafe or wander round your local art gallery to define what style of paintings that inspire you most.
This is all about YOU. So to make sure the end result reflects that, you need to make sure your mood board is correlated with images that resonate with you personally.
Create a Pinterest Account
n saying that, it’s important not to totally overlook the digital world. Pinterest is an absolute go-to for designers the world over. Primarily a social bookmarking site, it gives users the opportunity to create streamlined virtual boards from images found all over the web. It helps you keep track of your constantly evolving design process, by ‘pinning’ images that give you the most inspiration.
After creating an account, all you have to do is create a board by naming it (guest bedroom, bathroom, kitchen etc.) and start browsing through the unbelievable 600 million images on offer; all helpfully organised according to themes, concepts and ideas.
To get a little more scope on the notion behind it, have a peruse through our very own Pinterest boards.
Be concise when pulling it all together
A mood board can be either a physical or digital collage of your ideas. It all depends on what you respond to better; whether that’s cutting and pasting print-outs onto a canvas or building it through one of the many digital services on offer (Niice, InVision & Canva just to name a few).
Once decided on the format, it’s time to begin creating a holistic look. Start by paying attention to the order and arrangements of the images in a way that conveys the importance of the particular elements.
The wall colourings should take centre stage as the background, with key furniture pieces positioned depending on the emphasis they have to the entire design. Make sure to build some of the images on top of each other, helping to get a sense of colour matches and design synchronicity.
Always keep in mind that there is no right or wrong way to the mood board. It all depends on your personally defined style and taste, as long as you’re happy with it – that’s all that matters!