The lowdown on mood boards

One of the things I enjoy most in a renovation project is thinking about how a space should look once it’s been transformed.

I love flicking through home magazines, brochures, Pinterest and Instagram and taking inspiration from elsewhere, before combining the bits we like best into a collage of images to help with the visual identity of each of our rooms.

As a couple tackling a house renovation, mood-boarding is also pretty useful to avoid arguments.

It’s all too easy to rave about what you’d like to do with a space without considering the vision your partner might be having. The easiest way to overcome this is to mood board so you can see what you both like and have a solid starting point which will make you both happy.

Mood boarding also helps for another reason though.

We’re lucky enough to have inspiration all around us – online, in magazines, in shops and in the homes of our friends and family. But the problem with this is that sometimes it can feel just like we have way too much choice.

Surely I’m not the only one who has sat torn over two completely different colour schemes – believing myself to be utterly in love with both the very bold and the very neutral option?!

Well, mood boarding helps you focus your ideas and figure out which of the options would actually work in your chosen space.

Here’s a few tips to get started:

  • If you’re a couple renovating a property or simply redecorating a room, Pinterest is a great starting point. Have an account each but create a shared board for whichever room it is you want to focus on. Then, pin away! After a while, scroll back through the board and look at the choices your partner has made. Do you like them or not? Are they similar to what you’ve pinned? This is the easiest way to figure out if you’re both on the same page. If you’re not, find out if there are any similarities at all between the images you’ve both saved and use those as a starting point to move on from. Even if it’s just that there’s a plant in the room… Check out our Pinterest boards for inspiration!
  • Do have a look at interior design magazines, blogs or Instagram accounts. Cut out, bookmark or screenshot anything you love – whether that’s the wall colour, flooring choice, furniture or just a piece of artwork. This will all bring personality to your space so whether you’re in a position to think about artwork yet or not, it doesn’t matter. The more you have an idea about how things could work together in a space, the easier it will be to decide upon the basics like paint colours or flooring options.
  • Don’t forget to think about lighting. When we started mood-boarding for the kitchen, we looked at a range of options – some of which were pretty dark in colour. We loved the idea of navy or dark grey but, with no direct sunlight coming into the room, I was worried that we’d make the room feel too shadowy and cold when we wanted it to be a bright, airy and welcoming space. Taking into consideration factors like this can help you whittle down your mood boards into what will work and what won’t. And if the dark colours don’t work in one room? Just keep them in mind for another instead! The navy ended up creeping from our kitchen board into the bathroom one instead, where it will feel luxurious and cosy in a smaller space.
  • Don’t feel that you have to turn to old DIY scrapbooking methods to create a mood board. For the flat, I went old school and made my own mood boards by cutting and sticking images to a sheet of A3 paper. But for the house, I’ve LOVED using Canva to put all my ideas together. To create the images in this blog post, I used one or two of our favourite pins from Pinterest, then added paint charts, existing furniture or pieces from our wish list to create an idea of what the entire space could look like. Remember to keep it simple though. When it comes to gathering your ideas, go wild. But when it comes to mood boarding, strip right back and keep things as focused as possible. I like adding wording to sum up the look – for me, this just helps bring things together.

The last bit of advice we have on this? HAVE FUN. This is where you can put all your dreams and ideas down and work out what’s possible so enjoy it and remember to make it your own!

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