Creating The Perfect Mood-board

This week at design school it has been heavy on the writing front! We had a research paper due and a synopsis for an essay. So, my creative brain was craving a little colour and play. I decided to have a go at creating some mood-boards, they are aways a good start to any interior project.

I thought I would take you through my process for creating the perfect mood-board, with the hope that it inspires you to have a little play yourself. It also helps to lay things out to see what your colour scheme and accessories finishes will look like before committing to the full project.

The first step is to get some inspiration. When deciding what items to include in your mood-board have fun and enjoy the process. Try and think of things that make you happy and inspire you; what colours are they, what shapes are they, look around you inside and out, not just on Pinterest although that is a good place to start. Take photos of things you like, that inspire you. It may be a rose garden, the sea, a holiday you went on when you were young or maybe just an object like a cricket ball.

The next step once you have some inspiration is to take your time to gather the styling items. Buy paint, wallpaper and fabric samples, paper to paint on, leaves, flowers, pens, herbs etc there are no limits to what you can include, just make sure they are all different sizes and textures so you can play with scale that way different parts will draw your eye just like they will in your home. You won't know what will and won't go together if you don't have them in your hands to play with and compare them to different options. You don't need to go out and buy a wooden bed if that's what you are thinking of including, just grab a small items like a wooden scoop or chopping board with the same/similar finish, or see if the manufacture has a sample of it. Make sure you have a good mix of items, some may not make the cut but the more you have the better informed your choices will be.

Next it is time to arrange your items, but first you need to find a neutral background, something that fades away, which won't detract you from the items you have chosen and the colour combinations. I like to use a white pinboard or a white tray to display the items on. You can use your floor or counter top as long as the colour is neutral, or maybe you aren't changing the floor in the room you want to design so it is the perfect backdrop. Start by overlapping your paint samples and fabric sample, along with the picture you may have decided to include for inspiration.

As I said at the beginning it is important to have fun and enjoy the process of designing a colour scheme for you home. Play with the items using different arrangements and see what looks the best the more you move it around. Once you have a scheme you like take those colour and textures and apply them to your room design.

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