What is it and how is it useful?

If you’ve just moved home – either as a buyer/renter and are thinking of extending/renovating or a decorating project - its important to understand your style and what your goals are for the room/s. 

I would ask a few questions:

  • Do you know what you like?
  • Do you know what you don’t like?  

Whilst you may be able to articulate this, can you picture them collectively in order to express this vision.

This is where a Mood board comes in.

Making a mood boards allows you to collect your thoughts, colour schemes, materials and textures in one place, allowing you to experiment and define a coherent design concept. You can then communicate this clearly to your suppliers and trades whilst also staying on track.

Example moodboard

I’ve personally found my style over the years by making multiple mood boards and as a result my home reflects my story. 

Practical steps to create a moodboard:

  1. Use either a pinpoard or large piece of paper/card if doing this manually or an APP such as Canva if you are doing this digitally
  2. Take your floor plans for the room or draw them to scale as best you can 
  3. Start collecting images from magazines, paint sample charts, fabric swatches, photographs or pinterest if doing digitally. Add in photos of furniture, lighting and accessories - take your time to do this and play around with them
  4. Take a look at the board and see how you feel - you can edit it and experiment as many times as you want until you can look at what you have collected and see a true reflection of your home and your style as well as how you want the room to feel and look

What next?

If you are happy with the completed mood board I advise putting it in the room in your home you  are decorating as you can then regularly refer back.

I would also keep a snap of the mood board on your phone so you can take it with you when you go shopping – this way you can refer back to it in order to check that any purchases you are making fit with your scheme.