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How to Moodboard Before you Decorate

How to Moodboard before you decorate

When designing an interior, one of the most important things to consider is the inspiration that you’re drawing from. Some people attempt to perform interior design changes without first looking for inspiration, and this can cause many issues such as clashing designs that don’t go well with each other or they’ll try to copy different styles, ultimately failing and again creating clashing styles that don’t fit well together.

One of the best ways to avoid this is to create a mood board and in this article, we’re going to explain all about it.

What is a moodboard?


Before we explain how to mood board it’s vital that you understand what exactly a mood board is and what it’s used for. To keep it simple, a mood board is essentially a collection of paint and fabric samples that can be used for inspirational purposes.

It should essentially feel like a small palette of what your room should look like once you’ve finished decorating it. It will give you an idea of what color schemes you want to include in your room, the types of fabrics, the patterns and perhaps even the decorations you’ll be using.

Creating mood boards should prevent your styles from clashing and will be able to convey your design ideas to a designer or even be used as a point of reference for the future. If you’re not creating a mood board, then you won’t have a consistent style or reference to look back at, making it incredibly difficult to keep the design of your room flowing correctly.

In addition, you’re less prone to making mistakes when you use a mood board because you have something to follow, meaning you probably won’t be making too many errors during the designing process.

But… how to moodboard?


There are two basic ways to create a mood board; the traditional and digital.

The traditional method is taking magazine and newspaper cutouts and sticking them to a book or sheet of paper. This is the traditional method since it’s how people used to do it in the past. They’d take fabric pieces, magazine photographs and generally anything they can physically get their hands on and keep it in a collection.

The alternative is a digital method that is a little easier to work with especially in the modern age. To do this, you can use Pinterest or your own PC to create folders and boards which you then fill with images that are relevant to your needs.

You can browse Pinterest and save the images which you like, creating your very own inspiration boards that are similar to traditional ones. For the sake of simplicity, we’d definitely recommend creating a digital mood board because it’s easier to do and you can email or share the results with others more easily.


Tips on creating moodboards


Now that you know what mood boards are and how to create them, here are some tips that you can use to create a good mood board.

  • Choose a focal point in the room and work backwards


  • If an image catches your eye, you could use it as a focal point instead of using your existing room to find one


  • For instance, if you have oak floors that you don’t want to change, you can use that as a base colour to work from and extend your ideas from that


  • Pick colors, fabrics and patterns that match the base inspiration for your mood board


  • If you find that the idea is lacking, you can choose another focal point and start over


  • Use Pinterest and search-terms that are relevant. For instance, if your focal point is oak floors then you could type “natural furniture and decor” or something similar


  • The related images in each Pinterest picture can be a fantastic way to find similar themes and color palettes that you can work with


  • Although there are some rules with picking colours that complement each other, there are no hard rules that you should follow–as long as it looks good, you’re fine to use it


  • Pinterest isn’t the only place to look for inspiration images, you can also browse the web. There are many blogs and other websites that you can find online touse for inspiration as well–all it takes is a Google search


  • Gathering inspiration for your mood board can be a fun experience, but try to keep your mood board images to a minimum so you don’t overload yourself with ideas or design elements


Hopefully, this article has given you some inspiration and ideas on how you can be a mood board maker and use it effectively before you decorate your home. And if you are looking for the help of a professional, head over to our Renovations page to see examples of our work.

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