How to Create an Interior Design Moodboard

How to Create an Interior Design Moodboard

Using a moodboard is invaluable in letting you see how your interior design ideas will translate when applied to a room. It allows you to see whether you like the overall effect BEFORE you’ve bought all the materials! Here we show you our tried and tested method of creating a very simple moodboard that will allow you to trial as many ideas as you like! It is also a great way to demonstrate your ideas to others.

Any standard computer program can be used to do this – just copy and paste from website images into whichever program you feel most comfortable using. We use Microsoft PowerPoint for versatility, and then save the slides as jpegs if we want to email them.

The first step is to decide on the basic color theme for the walls of the room. The example used here is duck egg blue and cream. This is designed to give a cool, calming, relaxing tone to the room – perfect for sitting rooms. If you can’t quite decide between different shades of a certain color, put them all on the moodboard and as you narrow the design down later, you can take out the colors that don’t fit.

Next you need to add in the main block of fabric – curtains. Again, put in a few different options and then weed out as the design becomes more finalized. Here we have tried a fabric that just uses the wall colors, one that adds in a different subtle tone, and one with a more vibrant color. It is all a matter of personal taste and by using a moodboard you can decide what suits you best.

Now that you are starting to get an idea of how the room will look, it is time to start playing around with ideas for furniture. Using our example, we are still undecided as to the final look at this point, so we have added in some traditional, plain furniture, but also tried out something a little more exciting! By using the fabric with the complementary color of pink in it, we are giving ourselves a color that we can use to tie in lots of little touches around the room.

Now for the fun part! Adding the accessories is our favorite stage in the process – it is the point when you see the whole color scheme comes together and you start to see how the room will eventually look. Candles, photo frames, cushions, rugs, throws, mirrors, lampshades – all of these things can be added in in as many different colors as you like!

Often by this point the room theme will be completely different to the idea that you started off with, and that is the beauty of the moodboard; that you get to experiment and make the most of your creativity!

We hope you’ve found this blog post useful and wish you many happy hours of moodboarding!

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    Comment by Christina Nolen@Home Improvement: Aug 19, 2012 at 7:08 AM

    Creating mood boards in a digital form may be easier and quicker, but physical objects often tend to have a higher impact on people because of the more complete palette of sensations physical mood boards offer, in contrast with the black & white or color-prints of a digital mood board.

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