When you’ve got a room to decorate, the number of options you have available can seem overwhelming. Between picking a colour scheme, wallpaper, furnishings and accessories, the possible choices can seem endless. One solution that interior designers have for this problem is simple – a mood board!
When you’re planning on redecorating, you may have seen pictures of things and ideas that you like in magazines, online or in catalogues, but have struggled to get an idea of how they might work in your home. A mood board is a great way to stay focused and centre your ideas.
What to Plan Your Moodboard on
You can plan your mood board on anything you like – paper, card, a whiteboard or even a bare wall. There’s no need for scissors or glue, the point of a mood board is to not to spend too much time making it look perfect – masking tape works just as well! If your ideas have come from things you’ve seen online, then you can set up a Pinterest account and do it digitally. This way you can add to it as you get ideas and refine them down later.
Where to Start
It’s best to start your mood board with one stand-alone piece that you want to build the rest of the room around; maybe a wallpaper sample or a favourite sofa or rug. Then start to include your main items, such as furniture, fabric and paint samples. Don’t forget about the small things too, such as light fittings and photo frames. The whole point of a mood board is that you get to experiment with different colours, themes and styles before you commit to spending money on them.
The Next Step
Once you’ve decided on your main items, it’s time to think about the extras. Take a look at the window in the room, would curtains or blinds be better? If you decide on blinds, measure the window and start looking at different styles and fabric swatches to ensure that you get the right blinds to suit the theme of the room. When it comes to light fittings, what will work in your home depends on the height of your ceiling. High ceilings will benefit more from large, hanging lights, whereas in-ceiling lights will add the illusion of space to lower ceilings.
Remember, a mood board is a plan for your home. Make sure it’s something you’ll find comfortable relaxing in after a long day at work!
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