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How to Create a Mood Board For Your Interior Design Project

If you’re planning on completely redecorating a room your home, you no doubt have dozens (maybe even hundreds!) of ideas flying around your head. There’s so much to consider – the colours, fabrics, walls, floor, furniture, lighting, not to mention all those accessories – it can be hard to keep track of everything. That’s where the mood board comes in. Beloved of interior designers, a mood board allows you to collect all those thoughts, ideas, and feelings in one place, helping you form a clear design concept and to build on it coherently without going off on wild tangents. Here are a few tips on how to create a mood board that will lead to the room you always dreamed of.



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Where to Start?

These days inspiration can be found not only in the real world, but also online. For this reason, and so you don’t miss or forget anything, it might be an idea to have a digital mood board as well as a physical one. Sites such as Pinterest are great sources of inspiration, but you can find ideas and suggestions pretty much anywhere online, whether it’s on dedicated home decor/design website or elsewhere. There are online resources that show you how to create a digital mood board template and many, including Pinterest, which have wonderful mood board examples. You can also download mood board apps to your iPad or tablet.

Your main mood board, however, will be the physical one, as it provides a tactile as well as visual experience. If you’re not a professional interior designer you don’t have to worry about it looking polished and pretty. It simply has to be functional. Your actual board could be a whiteboard, a corkboard, or even a piece of thick cardboard – anything you can pin or stick things to. Here, you will be able to collect together your ideas visually and so have a better understand of what will and won’t work when it comes to actually decorating. It will also help prevent you making impulse buys, which could cost you time and money in the long run.

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What to Include?

So you have your board, now what to put on it? Think about the things your decorating plan will and won’t include and go from there. Are you starting from scratch? Is everything going or are a few things staying? Take pictures of anything that is to remain and add them to your mood board so that they are there as a point of reference. Once this is done you need a jumping off point – something that you can build the rest of the room around. In this regard it’s best to start with the items that are remaining (if any) and then move on to the walls. Include colour or wallpaper samples, and pictures from magazines and books. Example pictures of interiors will help you decide on a design style, which in turn will make it easier for you to play around with workable colours. From here you can begin to consider the rest of the room by pinning fabric samples for furniture and curtains, flooring and lighting examples, and anything else that catches your eye.

Arrange your mood board as you would your room, and then stand back and take in everything in its totality, removing or adding to it as you see fit. Not only does a mood board aid you in confirming or rejecting ideas, it’s also a great way to come up with new, unexpected ones.

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Where to Find Inspiration?

For many, the hardest part of creating a mood board is finding inspiration. It’s actually a lot easier than you think, though – you just need to know where to look. Books, magazines, websites, and samples are all tried and tested methods, but it doesn’t have to be something as tangible as a colour or fabric sample. Search out inspiration, it’s everywhere – in nature, in art, in the interiors of a restaurant or coffee shop you frequent, in patterns, in the simple shape of things. If you see something you like, take a picture of it and pin it to your mood board. You’ll be amazed at the new design directions it could take you in!

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