How to Cre­ate a mood board

Easy steps to help you plan your scheme

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De­cide on a clear goal – are you hop­ing to sim­ply con­vey an ethos or treat it more lit­er­ally to show­case images and ex­am­ples of fur­ni­ture and ma­te­ri­als you wish to use in the room? con­sider the mood board’s back­ground it­self as part of the process – for ex­am­ple, clip­ping images to a wire frame if you’re after an on-trend in­dus­trial theme.

think out­side the box

Don’t feel re­stricted to pick­ing images that di­rectly re­late to that room. For in­stance, a photo of a calm­ing beach may per­fectly evoke the at­mos­phere you wish to cre­ate in your bath­room.

Col­lect your Sup­plies

a bal­anced mood board will con­tain a mix­ture of in­spi­ra­tional ideas, ex­am­ples of key pieces you hope to use in the space plus sam­ples and swatches of fab­rics, wall­pa­pers and paint. try

to keep the size of each com­po­nent rel­e­vant to the part it will play within the de­sign. For in­stance, if you plan to wall­pa­per three walls and paint one, use an a4 wall­pa­per swatch and lay an a6 paint chip on top.

Cre­ate your own Com­po­si­tion

Be­fore stick­ing any­thing down, lay ev­ery­thing on the floor and pick out the key images and com­po­nents, then be­gin ar­rang­ing them di­rectly on the board, only stop­ping when you’re happy with how it looks. over­lap­ping images and sam­ples gives a good dy­namic, though for vis­ual clar­ity, try and keep some neg­a­tive space, too.

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