Redesign Beginnings: How to Create a Mood Board
We love our office space. But, it definitely took research, planning and work. We want to share with you a behind-the-scenes look at our office and how it came to fruition! Every good interior refresh, including ours, starts with a mood board. Consider it if you’re thinking about redecorating a room! Based on our experience, here’s how we suggest to piece together a mood board:
1. Make a list.
First, evaluate your space and make a list of what will stay, what you need to toss and what you need to buy. Chances are, there’s a handful of items that can stay in the room and still match your vision with a fresh coat of paint, upholster, stain, etc. A small update goes a long way.
And, know ahead of time, it can take a couple weeks to a couple months to put this list together. This doesn’t happen overnight!
2. Set a budget.
Be sure to set your budget before you do your research. It’s a dangerous thing to scroll through Pinterest without having your financial expectations set … Also, let us be the first to reassure you that a smaller budget does not mean a less-quality room redo. Regularly working with nonprofits has taught us this. Check out our recent post about a local room transformation on a very small budget. It may mean you have to get more creative (and do a little more research), but it certainly does not mean a redo is not worth it.
Ask, ask, ask. Don’t be afraid to ask your friend where she bought her couch that you love. Or, don’t be afraid to ask your mom what paint color she used in her living room. The same ask concept applies to social media! As you’re scrolling through your feed, if you see a color scheme, furniture item or arrangement you like, take the time to leave a comment both complimenting and asking for the background information.
And, of course, Pinterest is a great place to gain inspiration – but again, know that Pinterest is full of lavish homes (who happen to have professional photographers following them around) and may not always be realistic expectations for your own space. But, most definitely, it’s a helpful tool to see what you like and what you don’t like – make sure to bookmark your favorite so you can come back to it!
4. Create the mood board.
After research (both online and offline), you can put together your mood board. It won’t look perfect, but your mood board includes all your favorite color schemes and furniture pieces based on your research. Do your best to arrange it semi-accurately to your actual space – this will help you visualize.
We simply placed all our saved screenshots into a Word document. It may look rough at first but that makes the real thing seem that much more of a miracle when brought to life!
5. Finalize your order.
Before making any final decisions, we advise sitting on your mood board brainstorming for 1-2 weeks. After arranging, omitting, adding and rearranging your mood board (about 5+ times), you’re ready to order your items. It’s far better to recognize hesitations NOW, before you drop the dollars. Then make your purchases and wait patiently for your goodies to arrive!
6. Accept modifications.
It may not be what you want to hear, but we can guarantee that as you start to place your recently purchased (and transformed) items in the room, you’ll go rogue from your mood board at least once. And, that is okay! That only makes sense. Of course, a Word document can’t exactly translate to the space! When actually visualizing the pieces together, feel the freedom to move things around. At that point you can trust your interior design instincts. (And, if not, shoot us an email with a picture and we’ll give our two cents!) Notice our office’s coffee table – completely different than our mood board plan. We also purposefully left room for last-minute decisions … Like our decorative pillows!
Most importantly, have fun! We live in a world where almost everything can be returned. Save your receipts, don’t feel rushed to make any decisions and experience the journey and joy of a fresh feel! Happy mood boarding!