Create your own mood board

18 Jan 2013

Many home decorators have used a mood board when planning to decorate a room or home, but for those of you who don't know what a mood board is, this article will provide a bit more information and hopefully get you started on making your own board.

The idea behind the mood board was to aid in the selection for colours, textures, furniture and décor accessories for a room or home by helping you to determine a colour scheme or style.

What is a mood board?

Originally, a mood board was a collection of images that caught your attention from home décor magazines; items that you would like to have in a particular room or in your home.

Nowadays there are easier ways to create a mood board using online photo albums and websites such as Pinterest.

Creating an online mood board is particularly useful if you don't tend to buy many decorating magazines. It is also practical because, unlike traditional mood boards, an online mood board can easily be updated and added to.

The idea behind the mood board was to aid in the selection for colours, textures, furniture and décor accessories for a room or home by helping you to determine a colour scheme or style. 

An online mood board can easily be updated and added to.

How to create a mood board

If you want to make a traditional mood board, start collecting decorating ideas by cutting out images that catch your attention, collecting fabric and wallpaper samples, and selecting paint swatches you like.

On an A3 size piece of cardboard or notebook, glue these images down. A sticky glue dot at the centre back of each image allows you to play and place images as you add them.

Walls and floors are the largest areas in any room, so start with these samples and build up from there.

Try to lay out your images and samples in the general order of a room - position the carpet at the bottom, soft furnishing samples in the middle, and lighting near the top of the board. This will give you a much clearer idea than sticking samples randomly over the board.

Browse the Internet and you will find plenty of mood board examples that you can use for your own décor scheme, or to help put your own mood board together. There are even websites that allow you to select room settings and decorate a room online from a catalogue of international designers.

Article courtesy of www.home-dzine.co.za

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