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The Making Of A Mood Board – What, When, How and Why?

Posted on: 10.01.2019

The Making Of A Mood Board

Well, here we are. 2019. At Cabyn we can’t help but look forward, seeing this new year as the chance to finally make all those changes to our homes that we’ve been perpetually longing for and somehow not quite getting around to. The new year always brings with it a sense of anticipation of what’s to come, so allow yourself to be reinvigorated by a renewed sense of energy, focus and direction to achieve the goals and projects that got pushed to the side towards the end of last year – no matter how big or small these may be. Perhaps for some of you the new year has even brought with it a whole array of fresh ideas and unexpected inspiration, set to make 2019 a year of complete home transformation. Whatever your reason for mixing things up at home this year, start from the very beginning by creating a mood board of ideas before diving straight in to the bulk of the work.

As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, so this post aims to equip you with the knowhow to create that perfect mood board that will set your focus and encourage all those home improvements that will make your living space that little bit more ‘you’ this year. There’s no time like the present, so let’s get started…

What is a mood board?

A mood board is a visual depiction of the ideas and inspiration behind a design concept, created to convey the essence of what the designer aims to achieve in the finished product. Now, you may be thinking ‘I’m not a designer, I’m just redecorating a room in my house! A mood board won’t be necessary…’ But the value in creating a mood board can be found for projects on all different scales, from livening up a children’s play room with a lick of paint, right through to redesigning your kitchen or bathroom. Put simply, a mood board is an arrangement of inspirational images, materials, paint samples and examples of appealing design ideas that allows you to express your creative plans for a project ‘on paper’ before taking the plunge of starting the work for real. They are an invaluable resource for anyone planning home improvements to get their ideas together, and really are great fun to make!

When is the right time to create a mood board?

When inspiration begins to bubble up inside us, our impulse is sometimes to strike whilst the iron is hot and dive straight into a project the moment we have the time to do so. However, this kind of impulsiveness can lead to a flurry of expensive mistakes – both timely and costly. Taking the time to create a mood board before the project begins will give you the opportunity to mull over your ideas and ensure that any decisions made are well considered. If you’re thinking of creating bold or drastic changes to a room, start by pulling together a few different samples and ideas and it will help to channel your focus and keep your thoughts heading in the right direction.

How should I go about starting a mood board?

So, once you decide that some home improvements will be taking place in the near future, start to gather some inspiration from your favourite interiors magazines, pinterest boards, Instagram accounts and blogs (and of course show rooms!) and begin to compile them in an online document or physical folder. Inspiration may come from a whole manner of different sources – perhaps the changing colours of the leaves on the trees or the colour tones from your favourite painting are your starting point – so take these as your base and run with them. The more items and textures you gather, the greater the pool you can pick from… but bear in mind that perhaps not all of your ideas will come together as a complete look, so be prepared to have to make choices and compromise on some of your initial ideas. After you’ve collated them all and sifted out any jarring ideas, this is the time to start picking out your absolute favourite designs and must have pieces.

Why are mood boards an important first step in the redecoration process?

Creating a mood board is an ideal way to establish the basics of your ideas – getting all of your thoughts out of your head and creating a visual of how they might all work together (or not, as the case may be!) allows you to play around with textures, patterns and colours in a way that our minds cannot conjure up as effectively. Mood boards are fluid, flexible places to explore ideas and can easily evolve over time. It is absolutely possible to create multiple mood boards for the same room or area, each with slightly different characteristics that can be compared and contrasted with one another. It is certainly not so easy to make changes to a room that has already begun to be decorated!

Still not convinced?

Following the success of 2018’s mood board workshops held here at Cabyn, they are back by popular demand in February 2019! So if you fancy getting expert advice from Nicky of Joy Interiors then head over to our Events page for details.  Even if you’re not planning to redecorate just yet, it’s a great way to let out some cooped-up creativity and get your ideas flowing – you might just feel inspired to give your home a new lease of life!

Words By Sophie Brentnall

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