Make the most of mood boards when planning how to decorate your home
With Chris Read
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.