Mood boards are the perfect way to reduce the stress of DIY decorating. They work well because you can play about with the room before spend lots of money on paint, wall paper and accessories.
To create your very own mood board there are a few things you will need:
- 1. A big flat piece of wood or cardboard, about A3 size is ideal. You can go bigger, but smaller is not recommended.
- 2. Collect together sample paints, wallpaper, fabric and flooring.
- 3. Look through Google images or magazines to find images of any seating, tables, storage or footstools that you might want in your room. It’s important to make sure the images are in proportion to your room on your mood board. If you can’t find the right size picture, you can scan it in to the computer or use a photocopier and resize it.
- 4. Something to stick things to your mood board. Sticky tape is not a good idea because it will make it hard to move things about, so it’s best to use pins or blue tack.
When you have all the things you need you can start creating. To make the most of your mood board start by layering the background, floor, walls and ceiling. You can then see how well the colours and textures fit together. Once you are relatively happy the background you can start to add in your accessories. Don’t forget to make room for everything that should be in the room, a bedroom becomes just a room if you have forgotten to put a bed in it.
No comes the most fun bit, switch out the accessories and play with your design, when you hit the room you love, you will know.
Remember, that just because a room looks great in a magazine or on a website, it may not suit the physical structure of your room because thing like size and lighting can have a significant impact on the outcome of a great design.