Everyone has a rough idea of what they would want their ideal home to look like, but it can be hard to pinpoint exactly what that may be. Building a mood board is key to streamlining that vision and kickstarting your home renovation.
The design process and the creative process both require the creation of brainstorms and mood boards as key steps. There is nothing quite like the sensation of having an idea or a “mood” that you are unable to articulate in words, one that requires certain visual, ideological, and material triggers in order to bring your senses to life in a way that is authentic.
“Brainstorming is always the first thing I do when I start any work. Mood boards are a way of visualising my ideas. It makes me clear on my ideas and how I want to take them further.”
– Nanxy Wang (fashion designer, NortheastNancy)
Does anyone even use mood boards?
Mood boards aren’t just for fashion designers and artists. Amateur DIY-ers, craftsmen, and even the very providers of interior design materials like Cworkshop dedicate much of their time to contributing the most imaginative and even absurd ideas for their projects.
You are free to include whatever you like on your mood board. There is no limit to the possibilities. Words, photos, materials, and even music and video can feature on your moodboard; they’re an excellent method to construct a framework for your ideas to rebound off of and begin the ball going in the right direction.
Where to start?
So, how are you going to begin your mood board? There are a few exciting options for getting started. Do you start with a blank page and jot down ideas as they come to you? Or do you try to plan ahead of time, giving yourself enough time to research and find materials, colour schemes, fonts, and images to contribute, much like a scavenger hunt? You have a choice; there are no wrong answers for your inspiration.
If you’re working with others, you might want to use a large whiteboard to scribble your ideas on. But first, we recommend brainstorming to get your initial thoughts on paper or in the notes app on your phone (if you’re going digital). Making notes allows you to get a sense of where you’re going and ensures that all collaborators are on the same page.
Play around with interior design ideas
Mood boards can be used by interior designers to plan out a theme for any room they are designing.
There are innumerable interior design styles, colour schemes, and layouts to consider which can be very overwhelming. The goal of a mood board is to focus your vision through imagery and design; in turn, helping make the best interior design choices for your ideal home.
Start with the basics: what type of decor inspires you the most? Minimalism or maximalism? Modern or rustic? Industrial or ornate? From here, you can begin to hone in on an interior that resonates with a particular region, such as Italian, Greek, Mediterranean, or even Scandinavian style.
Experiment with different tones and hues
Make use of mood boards to experiment with various colour combinations and how they can bring about harmony.
Mood boards give you the chance to be a little experimental. Colours are a significant element in house design and it’s critical you choose an interior colour scheme that’s perfect for you. If you usually opt for brighter colour schemes, you may have wondered why people often choose neutral tones when designing their interiors. They have long been known to have a profound effect on a person’s emotional, mental, and physical state, so why not consider incorporating some brighter, more uplifting hues into your dream home?
Colour design is one of the simplest and quickest ways to add character and individuality to any space. When creating your mood board, don’t be afraid to explore unexpected colour contrasts; these happy accidents are often more appealing than they appear at first glance. If you’re unsure, a general rule of thumb to follow is that the accompanying shades of any colour should always be just that – companions. If you find that these secondary colours are competing with your primary colour scheme, think about how you could use them in smaller amounts.