When renovating a space in my home I always use a mood board of some form. A mood board (or inspiration board) is a physical or digital collage of ideas that are commonly used in fields like interior design, fashion, and graphic design. Each home we have lived in I have always put together inspiration of collective ideas when redesigning a space. I started off with physical boards buying magazines and cutting out pictures of inspiration I loved. When the world of Pinterest was born I shifted my inspiration from physical to digital and my love for interior evolved futher.
Mood boards are the perfect jumping off point for any design project. Creating mood boards allows you to collect thoughts, ideas, color schemes and moods in one place and define a coherent design concept without risk of losing sight of the bigger picture. Visual concepts are a constant source of inspiration, the huge motivators that make you feel empowered. And after all, creating mood boards is like playing dress up! Coming up with a well-designed mood board might seem intimidating to some, but once you get started, it is like putting together pieces of a puzzle. Easy, exciting and so much fun!
Mood boards serve many purposes, starting with organizing a project’s inspiration. They’re a valuable resource to help keep the style and aesthetic of a project consistent with goals and expectations. They’re also an excellent way to refine a project’s style before diving into the actual design process.
Mood boards are so much more than curating your Pinterest board. If that alone hasn’t convinced you to use a moodboard on your next DIY project. I’v put together a few more convincing reasons why you should below.
They inspire you
It’s amazing how much a mood board can inspire you, essentially it’s a back to school arts and crafts lesson. But importantly it allows yourself to mull over a design and really think about what you are creating. What I like about mood boards is there are literally no rules. –Nono one is going to stand over your mood board and say ’that’s wrong’ because you can’t do it wrong. This makes it even more of an excuse to go wild and push the boundaries. Pull together images of furniture you like. Paint cards, fabric samples, magazine cuttings etc and try out different combinations to build up a scheme. Flicking through instagram or Pinterest any social media is a rabbit hole of inspiration. Putting shapes and colours together collectively on a board, will inspire your creative juices to flow in a magnitude of ways.
Saves you money.
Instead of spending endless hours on creating the impeccable look, then facing the anticipation of disliking what you’ve created, sending you back to the drawing board. Arranging a mood board visualising the space, before even implementing your ideas, avoids those interior mistakes. Those interior clashes that causes you to deepen your pockets spending out more cash to changing it all. Creating a simple mood board that represents your initial idea and building on it, may seem like a draughting prospect and a lot of work. However it’s time well spent and depending on what app you use it’s free. You can pull together all your furniture and fabrics you want to buy and see if they work as well as an idea in reality. Saving you money in the long run as well as time.
Colour Board it.
Colour is hugely important and sometimes it can be overwhelming decided what paint colours to use in your scheme. I know alot of my spaces when renovating, will have a number of colour swatches all over the room intended for. So, gather a selection of colour charts (these are usually free on paint supplier websites), find the colours you like, cut them out and play around with best ones for you. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to whittle them down to your perfect shade before moving them onto the wall. Use your paint as your base and from here start choosing fabrics that compliment your paint choices.
They Clarify Vision
Drawing a picture in your head is often not an option as it can get rather confusing and distorted. By spending a little time on a detailed mood board that mixes your thoughts together, you will be able to see your objectives and ultimately the final design. The visuality of the moodboard will give you a chance to fine-tune the concept while in its roots. You can add ideas or take them away, visually seeing what each item or colour palette would achieve put together. Mood boards allow you to swiftly pump out concepts without worrying about execution. Relax! Your draft won’t be seen as the final product, but rather a conversation starter, allowing you to adjust the most important issue of them all – the concept.
A visual communicator
Mood boards are great visual aids when trying to communicate your inspiration. This is so so helpful when trying to verbally explain your ideas to someone else. Either your partner, a family member or professionals, like a tradesman carrying out the work or an interior designer. If you find it hard communicating your ideas, visual aids are a blessing when sharing what’s in your head. When I discuss a project with my partner, he finds it difficult to envision the space and how it would work altogether. So he often would say no to the idea. However, when I show him a moodboard he can see exactly the narrative I want to take the space. Prompting a complete u-turn in his answer and is then completely on board. It’s a lot harder for someone to try and jump into your thoughts. With a visual aid your thoughts are physically visible and you can be exactly on the same page. The famous quote “a picture is worth a thousand words”
Limiting yourself to just one concept is not what the professionals would do, so why should you. With mood boards, you can quickly pull together a few alternatives to the original idea showcasing your range of creativity. A simple twist to spice things up, something edgy? Or something with your personal signature written all over it, would go a long way. Pull together a number of ideas together and have a look at what you turn out. Sometimes there is a common denominator, letting you know you are on the right track. You can surprise yourself and find a creative gem you wouldn’t necessary or been brave enough to place together. You are not limited with the amount of mood boards you create. Creating more and more concepts for you to choose your perfect one.
Learning to use mood boards as part of your initial brainstorming process, can help you save time and energy when maturing an idea. Join me next time and I will help you graduate from magazine cutouts stuck on your wall, to mood board Pro. Don’t miss it. Make sure you subscribe to get notification on my next post, sharing with you my low down on creating a moodboard for the starting point of any project.
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