Tips for Creating a Moodboard!
7 January 2015 Tips & tricks
Got a decoration project in mind but aren’t sure where to start? Have you thought about creating a moodboard?
A moodboard is essentially a collage of inspirational ideas and design elements. Moodboards are used in all sorts of projects—from interior decorating to fashion to architecture, graphic design, website creation—you name it. Creating a moodboard for a decorating project allows you to organize your ideas, plus it serves as a handy guideline when it comes time to start shopping for items.
Fortunately, there are endless sources of inspiration that can be used to create a moodboard: decorating magazines, in-store displays, TV decorating shows and last but not least the Internet, which is overflowing with gorgeous photos. The Internet is especially used to create moodboards these days because with just a few keywords you can find exactly what you are looking for.
In fact, one of the most popular and easy-to-use tools on the web today is Pinterest, which can be used to quickly create an online moodboard. But other software such as PowerPoint can also be used to collect your various ideas.
Sample Moodboard – Living Room
Mouldings shown in this moodboard: 804402-804401 (PURE collection)
Sample Moodboard – Dining Room
Mouldings shown in this moodboard: 803312 – 80884
Although there are no hard and fast rules for creating a moodboard, most contain the following elements:
1. A CENTREPIECE
The centrepiece is your starting point. This can be a painting, a cushion, a table, wallpaper… you name it. Essentially, it’s your main inspiration around which the entire project is based. In our first example, the multicoloured cushion is our centrepiece; in the second example, it’s the painting.
2. A COLOUR PALETTE
Your colour palette should include a primary colour, which is normally reserved for walls or furniture, as well as secondary colours that will be used in accessories and fabrics. Most paint manufacturers have some great tools for building a colour palette. We also recommend the website Seeds, which creates colour palettes directly from all sorts of photos.
And don’t forget to use your centrepiece as inspiration!
Adding textured elements to your moodboard will help you to better define the room’s mood. For fabrics, this could be linen, wool, silk, etc; for floor coverings, it could be wood, concrete, carpeting, etc.
4. FURNITURE AND USEFUL ITEMS
Every room in a home features certain types of furniture and useful items. These too should be selected based on the decor, materials and colours in your moodboard. Even if you don’t find the exact models you want in stores, at least you’ll have a clear idea of what you are looking for when you go shopping.
5. ARCHITECTURAL ELEMENTS
If your project includes a new wall covering, fireplace surround, doors, windows or simply the addition of new mouldings, be sure to include them in your moodboard as well.
Above all, always keep the overall result in mind. Ideas can change quickly during the concept stage, so don’t stray from your centrepiece! Even if you’re aiming for an eclectic style, you still need to have that one binding idea as your foundation. For a room to be comfortable and inviting, there has to be harmony among all of the various items.
Now that you’ve completed your moodboard, it’s time to go shopping! Have fun!