If you’ve always wanted to create a moodboard but aren’t sure where to start, we’re here to help. Interior designers use moodboards to pull together their idea and bring it to life. Follow our simple tips below to create your own!
Turning your vision into a reality doesn’t have to be a scary experience. This is why you need to start with a mood board, because like anything else in life you need to start with a plan.
Here’s what you need to know about creating a mood board in interior spaces:
- What exactly is a mood board?
- What questions to ask yourself
- What are colour palettes?
- Do I need to know all types of woods, tiles and fabrics to know how to make a mood board?
- Where should I position samples on the board?
- How necessary is a mood board in interior design?
What exactly is a mood board?
Let’s start off with what a moodboard is and what it stands for. Quite simply a moodboard is a surface that has a variety of materials, pictures, and colour palettes that display what you envision for what you’re planning on designing – in our case as interior designers we design spaces, all forms of spaces, from a corner to a room, a hallway, a garden, an office, and so much more. Here’s an example of one we created at RoomLab recently. You can see the final room design at the end of this blog!
What to ask:
The first question any designer would ask here is, what space are you designing? What’s its function, size and shape and how do the clients like to live?
The second question would be what would you like to see in the space? We’re talking colours, accessories, lighting and furniture. Thirdly it’s the FEEL of the space. At design school, we are taught to ask our clients for 3 to 5 words of how they would like their space to feel. This could be luxury, modern, homely, bright… You get the gist. Once you’ve had a think on this take a look at Pinterest. This is a great platform to start, it’s full of wonderful design inspo. Take a look at our Pinterest for lots of ideas.
Next, have a think about how you’d like to pull your moodboard together? Will it be digital and photoshopped together? Or will it be handcrafted?
If it’s digital you need to gather the colour codes and palettes from various places and save them into one folder. Then gather the inspiration images you got from Pinterest, and the furniture and decorative pieces as well. You can use platforms like Canva or Adobe Photoshop to put the moodboard together, if you find yourself struggling with this please feel free to book a free consultation call with us here. We’d love to help!
If you want to do it by hand which, let’s be honest, is much more fun, it’s better to have your inspirations printed out to put on a plain surface, a few samples of fabrics, materials and colours that you love and would like to feature in your space.
What about colour?
A colour palette is the range of colours that you’d use in your space, these colours are the combination of colours that work well together and this will be your foundation for the rest of your process because you will be picking the colours of all furniture, decorative pieces and fabrics according to your own customized colour palette.
And the fun begins! First, you need to look into and choose from the colour scheme on the largest surface pattern in the space. Then, start decorating your colour palette from the darkest to the lightest colours in a vertical manner. Keep the Colour Wheel in hand to help you navigate along the way. Remember your style and what you want, imagine them, check them on Pinterest, distinguish between warm and cool colours; warm colours are those that remind you of warmer times and sunshine, like yellow, red, brown and even nudes. Whereas cool colours range from hues of blue to green and shades of violet/lighter purple – cool colours are colours that come from the sky, water, snow and ice. Game of Thrones crossed my mind while writing this, but it’s safe to say winter is NOT coming, haha.
Do I need to know all types of woods, tiles, and fabrics to know how to make a mood board?
The answer is no, you don’t. What you’ll need to identify is the style you’re using, and then your budget for designing the space. This will help you pinpoint the quality and type of materials you can get. If you prove to be struggling with getting good quality materials and pieces for affordable prices, book a consultation call with us here RoomLab, we’d be happy to help.
Where should I position the samples on the board?
To start with I would have some fun and play around with the samples you have, blue-tack is perfect, as you can always move it if you don’t like the position. When you are feeling a bit more confident lay out your materials and samples so they correlate to their position in the room and the hierarchy. If you are looking to paint every wall then centralise those bigger samples on the board. If you are considering a wood floor, add that to the bottom of the board and so on.
How necessary is a mood board in interior design?
A mood board really is the foundation and decision-maker for the rest of your designing process. It’s something you can keep referring back to so you don’t get lost. Take a photo of it and refer back when shopping for items for that room – see if the accessories you’re considering in a shop for example would work with your scheme, it will be a great visual guide. Mostly enjoy it! It’s a creative process that is unique to you and hopefully will wield great results. Do share with us we’d love to see!
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Until next time!
Rayan and team RoomLab x
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