Get “In the Mood’
February 20, 2019
Your home should be a reflection of you – here’s how to get it that way!
“Your home should tell the story of who you are and be a collection of what you love” – Nate Berkus
Creating a mood board, (also known as a vision board or inspiration board) for your renovation or build is a fun, visual way to see your ideas come together before construction has even started. Not only can you use your board to give you direction, it can also assist you to convey your ideas visually to tradies and suppliers, avoiding wasted time in long conversations and aimless wandering through shop after shop. A mood board can represent a small part of a room, right through to a whole house.
What’s the point of a mood board?
Do I really need a mood board, I can hear you ask? To be honest, you’ll more than likely fluke your way through your reno or build without one, but if you enjoy planning and structure you will benefit greatly by having something solid to refer to.
There are numerous ways to create mood boards these days, but to truly ‘spark joy’ as Marie Kondo would say, I think being able to create something physical and visual helps you to connect emotionally with the content you choose to have on your board and perhaps eventually in your home.
Remember when you’re ‘getting in the mood’ – relax … chill out, this is FUN! There is no right or wrong when creating a mood board, it’s just about putting together a representation of the things you love and would like to see in your new space.
How do I get a renovation mood board started?
Just get started! Grab yourself a fresh cuppa, (or depending on the time of day a glass of your favourite wine) and maybe a few snacks and just start pinning on Pinterest, folding down corners of magazines, googling, even add pictures of your family to reignite your passion for the build. Just start collecting and brainstorming. This is an integral part of the design process, as it helps you to determine your style what you like and what you don’t like. Simple!
Once you’re done, sort through your collection again and refine your decisions – and it’s fine if you refine many times over many days. Now you’re ready to create your board.
Put your board together from the ground up, similar to how the build will eventually take place. Start with your flooring ideas, followed by wall finishes, fixtures and fittings, paint colours and soft furnishings. Then take it to another level with treasured items you might like to see in the room such as clocks, artwork, plants and so on. If you’re game, why not do up a sketch of the room or space? No one is judging you and it’s not an assignment, so just do whatever is right for you.
Mood boards allow you to see how colours and textures work together. So, when you’re out looking through display homes and showrooms, collect samples, swatches and brochures or products you like to add to the mood board.
Organising your thoughts in this way will definitely give you a clear vision for your renovation or build, saving you time and money especially on items that don’t work or ‘spark joy’ for you. It is simply a physical picture of your Renovation Plan.
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