Mood boards are a great way to experiment with ideas and work out the different thoughts you have and how they would work together. They also go with reclaimed wood furniture well especially in the kitchen. Mood boards are generally used to communicate those ideas that are difficult to convey using conventional ways. However, brightly coloured and creative mood boards can easily display a wide range of ideas very quickly and cheaply.
So where do you start?
1. Take pictures of things that catch your eye whilst you are out and about. These can come in handy when putting a mood board together as they could be real life examples of your ideas.
2. Start with the basics – be it deciding what colour to paint your bedroom (see our other post about choosing paint colours), picking fabric swatches for new curtains, or even a pitch for a client. Starting strong will help you get a clear and concise message across.
3. Pick a focal image and build around. It might be a concept idea of how you want a room to look, or whatever the final outcome should look like. This will help to keep your message clear and easy to understand.
4. Using different textures is also really fun. Felt and velvet help to add a different dimension to mood boards. They might not be anything you’ll ever use in an actual project, but adding them to mood boards helps to eliminate them with a valid reason, and not just because they’re a funky texture. To nail industrial looks scrubbed metal and hessian are a must have texture-wise.
5. This is where those old magazines you’ve been hoarding come in handy. Cuttings from magazines that show unique ideas for your home, office, clothes or anything that you might be experimenting with are useful for mood boards as they show you pre-existing ideas that have been used by designers. Seeing actual ideas can help to spark something inside of you that you may have not thought of before. Tried and tested can be key sometimes!
6. Samples from shops are great when creating mood boards. The small wallpaper samples along with miniature paint pots can help you to experiment with colours and patterns. This process is important as it lets you see first hand how your idea might look on a smaller scale, before applying it on a larger scale project.
7. Keeping an open mind is vital when creating mood boards. You might have set out to explore one idea, and discover something else entirely during the process. That’s the beauty of a mood board. They let you explore your ideas in a creative way so as to not constrict the flow of thought. For example, you might have picked a bright floral wallpaper pattern as a focal wall in the living room, and actually end up going for block coloured walls instead. Just remember that creativity is not absolute!
8. It’s supposed to be fun! Don’t start taking your ideas on a mood board too seriously if they don’t seem to match with each other. The whole point of a mood board is to let your creativity flow and see what you get. You might not like any of it at the end, but you’ve given yourself the opportunity to try something different without any lasting effects so to speak.