Mood Boards: Helping Define Your Interior Style

A mood board, not to be mistaken with a vision board, is a great tool to help you decide what design direction you will take and what will and won’t work in your home, before committing to big ticket items.

A big trap for new players is to excitedly go out shopping without first having a game plan in place, a mood board will help you find a focus and keep your ideas together so that you don’t start going over the top. It’s a reminder of what you need and don’t need and what colours and textures you want to work with.

Whether you create it cross legged on the floor with an pile of old magazines, a stick of glue and pair of scissors or dedicate a board in your Pinterest account is entirely up to you. I personally prefer the cut-and-paste method into a scrap book. A scrap book can be slipped into a bag and taken on a shopping trip or whipped out in the room about to be transformed to see how lighting will affect the chosen colours and textures.

How to get started with your Mood Board

It’s always good to start off with one element that you want to build the rest of the room around. This could be a paint colour swatch, a piece of wallpaper, a fabric or a La-Z-Boy recliner that you fell in love with! If it is a pre-existing item that you don’t have an image of, it’s a good idea to take a photo and print it out so that you can see it in context with other elements.

From there, start looking for items or elements that compliment it. Cut pictures out of magazines or catalogues, take photos, gather swatches from the paint store and start holding them up to the main piece. Be willing to discard items that don’t fit in, just because they are amazing on their own, doesn’t always mean they will work within the room you are trying to create. Try not to over think it, go with your gut reaction and be ruthless! After a while you will find that the mood board has taken on a life of its own. Try to get a mixture of elements, there is no point having five colour swatches if you only want to paint your room one colour, but that being said, if you do find a colour that compliments your wall colour keep it with the intention of finding décor that colour – a throw, cushion or lamp.

Once you have created a mood board that makes you feel good (and you have to feel good about it or where’s the point?) there is one very important thing you must do – STICK TO IT! If you are shopping for décor make sure you haven’t left the house without it, get it out and compare it to what you are considering buying. If you make sure that everything you buy would fit in perfectly with the mood board then it will be a fair bet that once you have finished collecting all of the individual items for the room they will all appear to belong together.

Good luck and happy mood boarding!

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