Make the most of mood boards when plan­ning how to dec­o­rate your home

With Chris Read

Star Courier (Surrey & Hants) - - FRONT PAGE -

Icut my eye­teeth as a de­signer mak­ing hun­dreds of mood boards. Not that I’m en­tirely sure what an eye­tooth is, mind, but I sure did a lot of boards. And learnt a lot in the process too. They come in many for­mats and are one of the most use­ful el­e­ments of the de­sign process. So, what ex­actly is a mood board? It is a loose term that cov­ers a wide range of ap­proaches, but in essence it is merely a col­lec­tion of im­ages and sam­ples that are jux­ta­posed to pro­vide and test de­sign ideas. You can use them for a num­ber of pur­poses – I know one man­age­ment con­sul­tant who uses them to help clients de­cide what it is they want to achieve from their busi­nesses. But mostly it is used for de­sign pur­poses.

They can help at the start – what is in­spir­ing you? I have in the past writ­ten about how a hol­i­day snap can be turned into an in­te­ri­ors scheme, and that used mood boards to trans­late one to the other. They are es­pe­cially use­ful if you are deal­ing with a whole house or flat and want to find an ap­proach that will pull to­gether all the spa­ces.

In this in­stance I of­ten start para­dox­i­cally with words, rather than im­ages, par­tic­u­larly with clients who find vi­su­al­is­ing a space dif­fi­cult.

What do you want the space to feel like is a great ques­tion here and list­ing likes and dislikes also helps. A word mood board can quickly be trans­lated into im­ages and then the im­ages have a mean­ing be­yond how it looks.

Then there is the nitty gritty mood board, sit­ting right at the cusp be­tween hav­ing lots of ideas and pin­ning down THE one, show­ing which cur­tain fab­ric, which lamp, which wall colour etcetera. At each stage of the process, a mood board then helps both the vi­su­al­i­sa­tion and de­ci­sion mak­ing process.

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