When you’re planning the interior design and styling of your new home, you start with a totally blank canvas. While that may excite some of us, for others it can be incredibly daunting.
A great place to start is with a mood board. Also referred to as a vision board or inspiration board, a mood board is a collage of inspirational ideas that evoke a feeling or emotion that sets a mood for a space. Simply put, a mood board is a selection of images, words, colours and textures that make you happy, energise you, and that you love.
Here is an example of a Coastal Theme mood board we have created. It features light and bright finishes and interiors of a new home - a great visual presentation of what your home can look like if you choose a coastal finish.
Different types of mood boards
Digital mood boards
A number of online platforms offer you a way to bring images and ideas together. Some common ones are:
CanvaThis mood board maker has an easy-to-use, drag-and-drop interface and several template options. The clean layout makes it a professional-looking option for communicating your ideas to the professionals around you to ensure they understand your desired end-look.
Physical mood boards
Yes, that’s right, don’t feel that you have to do this online. If you’re the type of person that prefers working with tactile objects, textures, fabrics, then all you’ll need is a large piece of foam board or a cork board to begin. Physical mood boards have the added bonus of more accurately representing paint and fabric colours and textures in 3D – the hue of digital paint and fabric swatches can vary greatly in real life.
How to get started
Brainstorm your themeYou might initially focus on different styles (minimalist, Scandinavian, coastal, etc), or materials (concrete, wood, rattan) or colour (yellow, blush pink, forest green). This will help you with online image searches — try Google but also Getty, Unsplash, Pinterest.
If you’re not drawn to a particular idea yet, just search ‘interior design inspiration’, and remember travel and fashion sites as well. Instagram is another great source of ideas. It is packed with interior designers sharing their designs and how they unfold in real homes. You can also follow Peet on Facebook and Instagram — we regularly share style inspiration from the amazing people building their dream homes in our communities.
Collect your elementsTake your early sources of inspiration, and create an overall “feel”, mood, or room-style. Gather furniture pieces - both representing what you already own and new pieces you’ll need so you can see how they will work together. Artwork, rugs, window furnishing, paint swatches and fabric samples, accessories such as throws, vases, flowers, indoor plant pots.
And, remember words as well as images. Add phrases or words for another layer of emotion to your board; ‘calm’, ‘space to breathe’, ‘functional’, ‘industrial’, ‘playful’. Words can evoke strong emotions as well making them a powerful inspirational tool.
Take time to let it settle and evolveSleep on it and review your board in the morning; keep only what you love, what makes you smile and what comes together harmoniously. Whether digital or physical, mood boards should never be treated as a finished object, they will evolve as your build journey progresses and as the spaces in your home begin to reveal themselves - size, natural light, layout will all play a part in your end interior design.
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