Creating a mood board
You might shy away from the idea of creating a mood board, thinking it is only for the professionals; however, whether you are considering redecorating one room or planning a massive renovation, a mood board will help you to focus and ultimately save you time and money.
If you are not familiar with the idea, a mood board is something that many designers use to come up with a concept or theme for a design, such as a fashion collection, a fabric, or even a house. As the name suggests, it takes the form of a ‘board’ with images that inspire you, such as samples of fabric, colours, or images from magazines.
Magazines − particularly homes and interiors ones − are a great place to start and there are dozens on the market covering just about every design style. If you see something you like, simply cut it out and pin it or stick it on your board. A mood board, of course, doesn’t even have to be a board; for example, it could be an old filing box or folder.
If you know the sort of style or colour you are looking for, focus on these, but you might just want to start by cutting out all the things you like regardless of colour, price or style. Once you have made a collection of all the things you love, you can sort them into ‘themes’. Ideally, the end result should be something fairly focused, with a colour scheme and ideas for fabrics, wall finishes, lighting, tables, chairs and floor coverings for each room you are decorating. At this stage, don’t worry too much about the cost. If you have fallen in love with a very expensive table, for example, you can do your shopping research at a later date. With the internet at our fingertips, it is easy to find designer looks at high street prices.
You can even create a virtual mood board using an online ideas website. The great thing about a virtual pin board is that if you live with someone else, you can share your ideas with them. They can also pin their ideas to the board, which can be quite an eye-opening experience! It is better to have discussions about colour schemes now than once you have put the paint on the wall.
Once you have your board, you can do the shopping part with a clear idea of what you are looking for and what your budget is. It may seem like extra work, but a mood board will really help you in your design plans this year.
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