Are you thinking of redecorating your home but don’t know where to start? Using a mood board can help you put your ideas in front of you and gather inspiration for a room. If you aren’t sure how to make a mood board, this article will get you started.
A mood board is basically a collage that includes things like images, colour samples, patterns and object examples. Mood boards are not only arty, fun and creative to do, but they can also be incredibly helpful when you are trying to design a certain look. It helps you organise your ideas so you know exactly what you need and so you don’t go over the top. Many designers use mood boards to archive their favourite looks or to create a particular style. If you aren’t one for craft-like activities you might like to try a mood board app likeOlioboard, otherwise read on to find out how to make your own.
To make a mood board you need to gather inspiration. If you see a piece of furniture or a table ornament you like in a magazine, tear it out. If you have a particular colour theme in mind you might like to find a colour palette sample with different variations of your colour to guide you. This can help you stay focused when gathering inspiration and match up colours well.
Another idea is to gather fabric samples. Maybe you want to make your own cushion covers or install some curtains in your new room. If you find a fabric you like, cut out a square of it to put on your mood board. You can also do the same with wallpapers.
Once you have gathered your inspirational material, you can start sorting through it. Many people use cardboard to stick their various images, materials and colours on, but you can also use a whiteboard. A whiteboard allows you to use Blu-tack or sticky tape so that you can move your items around. If you are planning on redecorating each room differently, you might like to use a few separate pieces of cardboard, or buy a large sketch book.
When you are sticking your items to your mood board, try to be selective. If you stick up everything that you like the look of you might end up with an overwhelming amount of images, colour and material. If you have found a large amount of inspirational material, sort through it and pick out the things that you think will work best in the room. If you are using a whiteboard, you can create the mood board gradually by sticking up things as you find them and taking down things that don’t quite work any more.
Once you have fastened your items to your mood board take a step back and enjoy seeing your ideas laid out in front of you!