When you start a new interior project it’s exciting and daunting in equal measures. It’s difficult to know where to begin so it is good idea to gather your ideas and organise them onto a mood board.
A mood board is a way of bringing together design elements that you love and seeing how they work together before committing to buying large quantities.
Before you start, it’s a good idea to have a colour scheme in mind. Be inspired by the colours in the world around you, I love to look at nature, but you might have a favourite painting or dress. Magazines are also a great source of ideas. If you need help with putting colours together there is an earlier article ‘Confidence with Colour’ that will help you.
Gather samples of fabric, wallpaper, tiles, paint, or flooring of things you love. This helps you to experience the colours and textures working together.
Try to include different textures as this helps to add interest to your scheme. Mixing pattern can also add interest but if you’re unsure about mixing patterns in the same room, I’ve got this covered in an earlier article.
With this mood board, I’ve started with my main fabric which will be used for the curtains – this is my Summer Garden in stone. Then I’ve added co-ordinating ideas. The smaller scale fabrics will work perfectly for lampshades, cushions and co-ordinating blinds.
Arrange your mood board and when you are happy with the elements, it’s time to get started on your actual room. The mood board helps you to have a plan and makes the process less overwhelming.
If this still leaves you feeling apprehensive, Meg Morton offer a fabulous Mood Board selection to help put together the perfect room scheme to suit your individual taste.
Each mood board contains a main fabric sample ( A5 size) for curtains, along with co ordinating fabric samples (7.5cm x 15cm) for blinds, cushions and lampshades etc, wallpaper sample, where used, trim sample (10cm) to edge curtains/cushions, Fenwick and Tilbrook hand painted swatch cards and a written inspiration card of what to put where. You can find out more about these here.