An Interior Mood Board

An Interior Mood Board

When it comes to styling a minimalist home, mood boards are incredibly useful tools. Creating an interior style you love can be really difficult - home decor is a lot harder than it looks! - but with a mood board it’s a whole lot easier. It’s a process that allows you to play with ideas, test out colour schemes, and clarify the interior style you want to achieve in your home. You can experiment with style, colour, textures and fabrics before you commit to anything. Using a mood board as part of your interior styling process can help create a home you really love.

The reason an interior mood board is so important in the process of decorating and furnishing your space, especially in a minimalist home, is because the process allows you to work through ideas before you commit to them. If you’re planning on redecorating you most likely have a lot of ideas and influences; it can be tricky keeping track of everything and knowing which designs to settle on. Inspiration overload is very real. An interior mood board can help you visualise how everything will work together before you make any investments. If you feel yourself being tempted by the latest trends - feature wallpaper, dark walls, velvet furniture, for instance - a mood board can help you swerve any costly mistakes you might later regret.

An Interior Mood Board An Interior Mood Board

A mood board gives a conceptual overview of how a finished room will look and helps identify everything from the flooring to the furniture, focal points, fabrics and textures used, lighting, home decor items, and even the plants you might want to include. It builds up a picture of how the finished room will look and whether your stylistic choices will work for your space. It’s a reminder of the palette you want to stick to and keeps you from getting carried away with styling. You can refer back to it any time you’re considering a new purchase to make sure it will fit in with your existing decor.

Using a mood board is a more considered approach to styling your home that helps avoid buyer’s remorse and costly mistakes. It gives you a clear vision of what you need in order to make your interior style a reality. It lets you feel out ideas without committing to anything and influences your future purchases. Want to test out a new colour with your existing interior style? Or see how bright colours and bold furniture look together? Or simply play around with different styles? With a mood board you can with no risks involved.

I find it difficult visualising how new items will look in my apartment and if the pieces I want to introduce, whether it’s furniture or home decor items, will work together. It makes it impossible for me to commit to any new purchases. Creating a physical mood board for my apartment at an interior mood board workshop run by Topology at MADE showed me how useful a tool they really are for decorating your space. I used my mood board to explore new colours and textures, to see if and how they would work together with my existing furniture and interior style. Using an interior mood board as part of my purchasing process really helped focus on the style of my home and narrow down the key pieces I need to achieve that.

If you’re keen to create your own interior mood board, you can try the traditional collage method by cutting out fabric and colour samples using magazines and homeware catalogues or Photoshop to edit a digital version. But Pinterest is great for sourcing inspiring interiors that you can regularly update and evolve over time. I use separate boards on Pinterest for each room - bedroom, living room, bathroom, kitchen, office, and even the finer details of home decor - for keeping track of my inspiration. Creating these mood boards helps me feel more confident with my choices rather than guessing and hoping for the best!

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