How to Create a Mood Board

Creating a mood board is a great way to gain some clarity on your ideas and pin down a more precise direction for your interior scheme.  By doing this you will feel more confident about your decisions and the overall direction you want to achieve.   You may feel that you have a pretty clear idea of what you want your room to look like, but often, until some of these ideas are down on paper you don't truly get a feel for how all the elements will come together.  

We know that this stage of a project can also seem very daunting for some.  With so many options available, its difficult to know where to begin.  Our expert Colour Designer, Natasha Pettit is a big fan of mood boards and has seen first-hand how they can benefit a project, "A mood board is an essential tool in your design process. It will aid, enhance, and challenge your design options, pushing your creative boundaries".

So, where should you start?

  • How do you want the room to feel?  Perhaps the most important question of all. Are you creating a room for relaxation and rest or is this a space that needs to feel light and energised?
  • Digital or physical?  If you are computer confident, digital mood boards are often quicker and you will have the option to print, download or save depending on if you decide to use a graphic software package or an online site such as Pinterest.  Think about how you want to use the mood board once it's complete. If you want to include lots of tactile samples such as fabric, a physical mood board might be better for you.
  • Keep your options open.  Don't be too rigid with your ideas at this point. When researching, it's good to keep an open mind and see where this stage of the process takes you.
  • Look for imagery that inspires you.  There are plenty of places to look for images for your mood board - magazines, catalogues, brochures, social media.  Collect together pictures which catch your attention, bring a sense of joy or portray the mood you want to create.
  • Don't just look at interiors.  You may find that a great starting point for you to create a scheme which is unique to you, is from another place altogether.  A piece of artwork that you want to include in the room, a favourite picture or memory - these may all provide the initial spark of an idea.

What else do you need to know?

  • Variety is key.  Try out a variety of colours and finishes, even if they are outside of your comfort zone.  Achieving balance in a room is important and for that, you need to get the right mix of light and dark, hard and soft, etc. 
  • Play around.  Try out different variations and options.  Colour Designer Natasha Pettit's advice is "You can experiment with options that challenge and consolidate your style. If done well, it can bring clarity to your design and give you confidence throughout your project".
  • Don't be afraid to try something new.  Collecting together pictures of other homes or interiors can be really inspirational, but what you really want to achieve, is a scheme which feels unique and personal to you.  So go ahead, go with what feels right - #UnsameYourHome!

And if you need a little more support?

Our Colour Designers are on hand to offer their advice and expertise.  Whether you have simple questions around the best shades for your room or need an in-depth design pulled together for your renovation project, we’ve got you covered with our three services.

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