Mood boards: your new best friend

Whether you’re building or renovating a mood board is a fantastic place to start collating your ideas.

A mood board helps you to focus and keep on track, it’s also a useful tool for conveying your ideas and helping others to see your vision for the project. Designers, architects and colour consultants will be delighted if you are able to show them your likes and dislikes!

We often draw ideas and inspiration from multiple sources making it hard to visualize how they will all come together.

If you’re not a “creative” person starting a mood board may seem overwhelming, but there’s no right or wrong approach. Here are a few tips to help you get started:

1. Choose your format

There are loads of options for creating a digital mood board via apps such as Pinterest or Style Sourcebook.

Alternatively, you can create a mood board the traditional way by cutting out images and sticking them to a physical board.

Both options have their pros and cons, a digital mood board that you can access via your phone is portable and always available for reference, however you aren’t able to add textures or samples of fabric, tile and other building materials.

2. Gather inspiration

The digital world is filled with inspiration, it’s easy (and therefore tempting) to just use Google Images, but remember to look for inspiration in the world around you too.

Use the camera on your phone to take photos of things that inspire you, it could be the colour of render, an unusual tile, the landscaping of a beautiful garden.

Collect samples of flooring, doors, tiles, colour swatches, curtains, taps, fittings etc where possible.

TIP: Don’t forget about items that you already own that you would like to include in your design such existing furniture or artwork. Similarly, if you’re renovating, keep in mind adjacent rooms and spaces, do you need to consider their aesthetic / layout in your new design?

3. Edit and refine

The final step is to refine your mood board. Now that you’ve gathered all of your inspiration together, does it all work? Are their any clashes?

Remember, your mood board can evolve with your project you will be exposed to new ideas and inspiration everyday, keep updating, but remember too many changes to your project can have an affect on your budget!