When it comes to re-decorating, it’s better to take things slow, rather than just jumping in with the first idea. Interior design experts will always suggest create your own mood board – or plural if you’ve got a lot of ideas in mind.
Mood boards can be in the form of physical boards for you to pin bits and bobs to at home, wishlists on your favourite websites, or even just categorised boards on Pinterest.
With so many options, there’s plenty of colours, shades and homeware to choose from… so taking it slow is definitely a good choice.
The best thing about your own mood boards, is that they can have your individual style incorporated. They can be as sleek and tidy, or messy and chaotic as you need them to be. If you love your final design, mood boards can also work as quirky wall art once your home refurbishing project is done – so you can remember how your dream home started..
Finding where to start for your mood board can be tricky, and with so many out there, it’s important to find the right method for you. When designing a room of the house, this simple method below will help you to start small and end with a bang; giving you everything you need to complete your home exactly how you’ve always hoped it to be.
If you have your own mood boards, we’d love to see them, too!
C H O O S E Y O U R B A S E C O L O U R S
To start with, you’ll need a vague idea of what colour palette you’re looking to use. If you’re not sure, or are starting from fresh in a blank room, it might be worth creating a few mood boards to help you decide what style and theme you want to eventually work on.
For initial inspiration, you might want to add a few room sets you’ve seen in magazines or online onto your mood board, then later narrow down your options to a base colour or colourscheme.
If you’re looking to make a physical mood board, pick up swatches of paint colours from your local DIY store and pin them together and overlap shades to create a fun and engaging base for your board.
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Source: Lu West
Accents are usually a few shades lighter or darker than your original base colour, but with contrasting colour-schemes becoming increasingly popular, there’s nothing stopping you from introducing a new colour altogether for your accent. The accent will be used for accessories or recesses in the wall to create a subtle feature in the room.
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Adding textures and prints is where the real fun begins. Order samples of materials and fabrics you’re loving at the moment and pin them to your board. Find threads, textures and patterns that all suit your colour-scheme which might inspire you further to create your overall theme for the room.
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Source: Newport Coast Interior Design
If you’re looking for a full refurb, browse online for furniture and storage that you can incorporate into your chosen theme and colours. You’ll need to think carefully about your style of colours and prints if you’re working around furniture you already have. However, with the help of interior decorating bloggers and Pinterest projects, there’s plenty of DIY mends to help you transform old furnishings into new – from chalk paints, or moulding and framing!
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Next? Get searching for the perfect accessories! Wall art, cushions, lighting, soft furnishings and soft storage all come into this category, and the internet is your oyster… so to speak.
Let’s face it, there’s nothing you won’t be able to find on the wide web so sit back and get browsing. Accessories are the easiest way to introduce new shades and build up colours within the room. There’s beautiful prints and home-ware from independent retailers all over the world on sites like Etsy, which will give the chance to look at everything all in one place. Accessories can make or break the room’s style and can transform a room entirely; so choosing a variety that suits you is super important.
The greatest part however, is that accessories and home-ware are totally interchangeable. So by using pale and neutral shades for walls and furniture, accessories can add splashes of character and colour into the room that can be later adapted to suit new styles. This is a great idea for families with young children; with interests and favourite colours changing on an almost daily basis, opting for neutral walls and colourful homeware will make things a lot easier when they decide they no longer like certain things…
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Once you’re happy with your ideas, it’s time to get shopping! Make sure to compare prices online and find a few unique items to add to your basket.
Set a date, get the walls prepped and get ready to fall in love with your home all over again.