Interior Designers will tell you that all their projects start with a mood board. Mood boards are a practical tool to help organise your ideas and ensure your final choices will blend to create an aesthetically pleasing space.
Home renovations are an important investment so a little planning before you start will reduce the dreaded overwhelm of uncertainty when the time comes to spend your hard earned money.
A mood board is basically a digital or tactile collage of images to create a visual representation of ideas for your interior design project. The goal is to outline a specific direction before starting the job. It lets you see all your ideas together in one place so you can reassess what works well together and what might need to be taken out. This crucial step will avoid the problem of working hard on a project only to find it’s heading in the wrong direction.
A good start is to familiarise yourself with your favourite design style/s. Start collecting and saving images of interior styles and objects you’re drawn to. Inspiration can be taken from home magazines and websites like houzz and pinterest. I recommend trying this interior design style quiz which will help you discover your favourite styles.
Once you’re aware of your design style, start exploring images of your space defined by this style. Search for “Coastal Hamptons Kitchen” for example. Save any images you’re drawn to or crop aspects within the image that you like.
Inspiration is also not limited to interior spaces. You may like random objects such as seashells, feathers or wool. The idea is to understand what elements bring you joy or create a positive response. These can all be included in your mood board to create a feel for the style you want to achieve. Remember that nature plays a big part in interior design.
Next, think about what elements will be going into your space. A kitchen for example will need; a benchtop, splashback, kitchen cabinet doors, panels, door handles, appliances, sink and tap, lighting, shelving etc. Start to save images of your favourite design styles for each.
The 7 key elements of design are; Colour, Form, Light, Line, Pattern, Texture and Space. Consider these elements within your mood board. For example, do the colours share a common base tone or are they complementary?
There are many digital programs available for putting together a digital mood board. Some even let you remove the background of images which allows them to overlap (very important). Here are some digital mood boards I’ve put together with overlapping images.
Here is another collection of mood boards I’ve created without overlapping images. You can see it’s still effective in giving the overall concept of what you’re wanting to achieve.
Once you’re happy with the look of your mood board, it’s a good idea to create a tactile mood board by collecting actual samples and swatches of the materials you want to use. Nothing beats seeing the actual colours and textures in real life. We have free samples of our stone colours and door finishes which can easily be picked up from our newly renovated showroom.
and you’ll be surprised by how smoothly your home reno will go. Mood boards not only help you tap into your creative side and discover your own personal style, they also give you the courage and confidence to implement your taste on a grand scale. Seeing your mood board come to life means creating your own work of art – and that’s the best part of the process!
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