Some times us designers take things for granted. Lately I had a lot of people asking me how I know how to choose things for our home renovation and what is a moodboard. My graphic design background and my interior design passion share a lot of similar fundamentals and techniques. As I often hear these sentences “I don’t know where to start” or “I can’t decide what I want” I decided to share with you a very simple and fun creative process I use to funnel all my ideas to the very few perfect things that would work for my project.
Since we bought our house I’ve spent hours on research trying to figure out the style I would like to go for with our ground floor renovation. The truth is, I like many styles. I like the Scandinavian style, boho, farmhouse cottage, industrial, just to name a few, but how do I choose? Or better, how do I combine all these styles into one relatively small kitchen without creating a ‘frankenstein’ look?
Creating moodboards is the answer.
By doing this you can see your vision take shape, before you start any actual work or spend any money. You can edit your moodboard as many times as you like until you feel that what you’ve created works for you and your space, and all the elements you have included are your favourite choices, always bearing in mind space constrictions and budget.
But first things first, what is a moodboard?
It is a collection of ideas, images, materials and text that is intended to evoke or project a particular style or concept.
Are you ready? Here we go:
Research away! If you are like me, you will be spending most of your free time flicking through design magazines, browsing your favourite design blogs and getting stuck for hours on your Pinterest and Instagram accounts looking for new ideas.
Create a folder and start saving every single image you really like and is close to your dream ideal space.
Once you have a few pictures – if you are like me, you are most likely to have more than 100 pictures! – saved in, for example, your dream kitchen folder, you need to narrow it down. Go and physically stand in your space you are looking to renovate and start thinking the practicality of things. What are the elements, furniture, appliances you need to have? What is the functionality of your room? And what is your main goal? Do you want the space to feel light and airy? A minimalistic heaven or do you want to create an intimate boho look surrounded with lots of things you love? Write everything down on a list. And most importantly, how big is your space? We often see amazing interiors but how you can emulate the style in your own space if it’s 4 times smaller?
Go back to your image folder. Time to be realistic and ruthless. Now you have your list of all the things you need, a clear idea about your space, the style you prefer to go for and your images, start clearing off the ones that you know for a fact they wouldn’t work in your space. You might be in love with this huge kitchen island but IF IT DOESN’T FIT! Let it go! 🙂 If you are realistic about your space vs what you like, you’ll find that you will be left with fewer pictures that have a similar style.
Here is the fun part! Print your images or cut them out from magazines or catalogues and glue them in a A3 foam board. Remember to cut also little details, you know this amazing huge kitchen that is now in your bin you might have liked this awesome chandelier so cut it out! This, you can have 🙂
A little tip, I use washi or masking tape instead of glue so if I change my mind for something I can take it off without damaging the board. So gather all your favourite images, fabric examples, tiles, flooring, lighting, wall colours anything you like and there you have it, a complete moodboard that would work in your space, is ready.
It doesn’t have to look fancy, it’s just for your own reference, so don’t be precious if you can’t cut straight lines.
Moodboards are also great for when you are talking to contractors trying to explain what you would like to achieve.
A picture is worth a thousand words, remember?
Here are also a few more advance moodboards I’ve created for a project:
I hope you found this little guide helpful and if you give it a go, I would love to see your creations!