You may or may not know that last month we ran some mood boarding workshops in partnership with MADE.COM It was a completely different format to our regular workshops where we teach SketchUp (an architectural software to help people draw floor plans to scale) as usually our workshops are quite techy. But MADE asked us to create a new form of workshop and we just knew it had to be mood boarding as it’s such an undervalued part of the interior design process.  You may think of them as just a bit of fun as they’re in essence just a collaging activity, but they’re so much more than that. Believe us when we say that interior mood boards are the most crucial part of the design process. Just think, when you’re starting any design, the first thing you do is imagine what your finished project will look like. You may know which colours you’d like to use or furniture to buy, but in general, a lot of us actually struggle to recreate it in real life. So let this post help you see the value in mood boarding and how it can truly help you create a much more cohesive interior scheme…
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1: THEY INSPIRE YOU

It’s amazing how much a mood board can inspire you as it’s essentially a back to school arts and crafts lesson. But it essentially  allows yourself to mull over a design and really think about what you are creating. What we like as well is how there are literally no rules – no one is going to stand over your mood board and say ’that’s wrong’ because you can’t do it wrong. This makes it even more of an excuse to go wild and push the boundaries. Pull together images of furniture you like, paint cards, fabric samples, magazine cuttings etc and try out different combinations to build up a scheme. 

2. IT STRUCTURES YOUR THOUGHTS

Ok, so it’s all well and good pushing the interior design boundaries, but if you’re anything like us, often at the start of a design project you have a minefield of ideas and sometimes difficult to tell good ones from bad. So making an interior mood board to visualise your wild ideas in one place, will help you think about which ideas are actually workable, practical and doable. This is what we found to be particularly helpful for our students at the workshop – people had never actually sat down and thought about the design, so the mood boarding structured their thoughts and aided them to making wise design decisions. Some came to definite decisions they’d been debating over for months!  

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Layer up! Mount images on top of one another to see what colours, woods and products work well together. 

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3. COLOUR, COLOUR, COLOUR!

Colour is hugely important and sometimes it can be overwhelming decided what paint colours to use in your scheme. So, gather a selection of colour charts (these are usually free on paint supplier websites),  find the colours you like and cut them out so you can play around with best ones for you. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to whittle them down until you’ve got the perfect amount. Use your paint as your base and from here start choosing fabrics that compliment your paint choices.

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For your colour scheme, pick 3 main colours only as a base then pick more tones from within these 3 colours to make up the rest of the colour scheme.

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TIP 4 : IT CAN SAVE YOU MONEY

Yes really! We know we probably don’y speak for ourselves when we say that we’ve made interior mistakes. Whether it’s ordering a chair you love at one moment, but then hate the next or ordering pots of paint in a rush to just get it done to only see later on it’s just not the right colour. Creating an interior mood board will prevent you from rushing into potentially unwise decisions and help you save money by making the right decisions first time round.

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Try websites like Canva or programs like Powerpoint to create digital mood boards.

5. IT’S THERAPEUTIC

If you’ve got a big interior process to carry out like a renovation or lots of rooms to design, it can be stressful and hard to know where to begin. This is why mood boards are so great – they really are extremely therapeutic to create. Make a cup of tea, put some good music on and sit down to create this mood board be it physical or digital. Get carried away with your thoughts, ideas and see what you can create within 1 hour. We found that this was one of the most common bits of feedback we had – that is was such a calming and enjoyable experience.

A SNAP SHOT OF OUR MOOD BOARD WORKSHOPS

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Some great mood boards made by the attendees!

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Want some interior mood board inspiration? Email us on info@topologyinteriors.com if you want to attend our next mood board workshops with MADE.COM in June.

In the meantime, check out our mood board inspiration on Pinterest below..