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How to use a mood board

In my last blog post I talked about my boyfriend’s flat, which has been under going renovations for the past 3 months. The last stage of the flat, before the furniture arrives, is to decorate. This is an extremely difficult task because keeping your design ideas together isn’t as easy as it seems, especially if it’s you’re a first time buyer. First, you stand in the paint store and you look at so many colour combinations that when you finally get home and order the tester pots, you don’t even remember which one was your favourite. When the tester finally goes on the walls you’re even more confused. Mostly, because you know that the colour can completely transform a house and you don’t want to get it wrong.


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So what to do? The best thing is to take help from an interior designer; they know how to guide you in the paint jungle. Some companies might even offer help to a discounted price if you order the paint from them, which makes it considerably cheaper. The cheapest way however, is to create mood boards.

A mood board is a visual representation of an idea and it’s exactly what an overwhelmed amateur decorator needs. This is the perfect way to experiment with colours, furniture and fabrics to achieve the look that you’re after.


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My boyfriend wasn’t sure what the right shade for his walls was, so he had 3 mood boards made. He said the decision was pretty easy after he he saw what the colours looked like next to each other.

If you’re choosing between different shades create different paper slips that you can alternate on the board (or whatever material you choose to work with) and start layering the rest. Use pins or blue-tack or glue pictures of the furniture you’re planning on having in the room, as well as fabrics swatches from curtains, rugs, wallpaper and floor. If you’re planning on having more than one colour on the walls (for instance, my boyfriend will have grey-blue and white in his living room), ensure you don’t paint the whole board in one colour. Scale it so it represents the actual room.


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Don’t use a board that’s too small, A3 or larger is a good measurement, otherwise you won’t be able to fit anything to the board. If the wallpaper or paint are not the main features in the room, work from that key piece that you want to stand out in the room, say, the sofa.

What I didn’t realise is that a mood board is an excellent way of showing how you want your room to materialise and this obviously helps when you pass on your wishes to your painter/decorator. There’s no way you can present your ideas more clearly, so there should be no confusion here! Also, isn’t it a great excuse to bring out the glue, scissors and cool images and just have a play around? Definitely a rainy Sunday activity – and we’ve had plenty of those lately.

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