How to Create a Mood Board for Interior Design

How to Create a Mood Board for Interior Design

Starting a new interior design project, whether it's redecorating your living room or remodeling a bathroom, can be both exciting and daunting. With so many options for paint colours, fabrics, furniture, and other elements to consider, it can be difficult to know where to begin. 

Creating a mood board to help organise your ideas is one way to jumpstart your design process. A mood board is a visual representation of ideas and concepts that can be used to inspire interior design or fashion choices. It’s typically composed of images, textures, and colours that evoke an emotion or feeling. They can also help you focus on the overall look and feel of your project and ensure everything comes together harmoniously.

Follow these steps to create a mood board that helps bring your interior design dreams to life:

Step 1: Choose a method for creating a mood board

Step 2: Gather design inspiration

Step 3: Arrange and rearrange your mood board

Step 1: Choose a method for creating a mood board

Step 1: Choose a method for creating a mood board

A physical mood board is ideal if you prefer to see and touch items before making a decision. Using tangible elements, such as paint chips and fabric swatches, allow you to physically experience the colours and textures and make the best decisions. 

A digital mood board, on the other hand, allows you to use virtually any image you find online as inspiration, opening up a much broader range of design possibilities.

Gather design inspiration

Step 2: Gather design inspiration

Look to your favorite colours and patterns to inspire your mood board concept. Consider things other than interior design and draw inspiration from the world around you, such as fashion, art, and nature. 

If you're working digitally, copy and paste images from the internet onto your mood board canvas (Pinterest, Instagram, and interior design websites are good places to start). Look around on furniture and decor websites for actual products that match your aesthetic.

What you need to include in your mood board are furniture pieces, window designs, door designs, floor tiles and wall paint inspiration, art pieces, textures, and accessories.

Once you come up with the design inspiration, it’ll be somewhat easier to choose a theme for your home. This will be the guide that will help you decide on all the other elements. The first thing that you should tackle after coming up with a theme is the floor and wall design. 

Floor and wall designs should complement each other because they compose the majority of the space. It follows that it should get the main attention first before everything else in the list. Once you have picked out paint colour for the walls and what kind of floor design you want, then you can focus on the next item on the list: furniture.

Furniture can be of the same colour scheme or in a different palette altogether; the important thing is that they complement each other very well. Then, once you’re done with the big pieces, you can experiment with art pieces, textures, and accessories.

Arrange and rearrange your mood board

Step 3: Arrange and rearrange your mood board

Shuffle around the various elements of your mood board, experimenting with different combinations of colour, texture, and pattern. Try to keep the items proportional to how they will appear in the actual room as you arrange them. A paint colour that will cover all four walls of the room, for example, should be prominent on the board, whereas a fabric that will cover only a few throw pillows should be comparatively smaller.

Mood boards should explain your thinking and set direction to your project. Keep in mind that this is a home that you would be spending a large chunk of your time on; make sure that it aligns with all your preferences.

Creating a mood board for your interior design projects should be a free-for-all. The goal is to create a visual representation of the things that inspire and appeal to you in terms of room design.

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