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Top tips for creating the perfect mood board

By Claire Briggs
It doesn’t matter whether you’re giving your home a lick of paint before it goes on the market or sprucing it up for your own pleasure, creating a mood board can help focus your efforts.
With so many colours and ideas out there to choose from, being able to see what works together can help make those all-important decisions a whole lot easier.

What is a mood board?

If you’ve not heard of a mood board before, it’s a space in which you can pin colours, fabric swatches, pictures and whatever else you come across which appeals to your taste.

Putting all these aspects together gives an overall view of what the impression of your room will look like once it’s finished, helping you decide what works and what doesn’t.

Where can I get inspiration for my mood board?

The best part about a mood board is that your inspiration can come from pretty much anywhere, just make sure you have a camera handy.

You might be over at a friend’s house and like the soft furnishings they’ve chosen – take a quick picture and add it to your board for future reference.

Alternatively, you might want to gather fabric swatches from your local store or head online to see what people are posting on Pinterest or Instagram. There’s no shortage of sources for ideas!

What next?

Once your mood board is full of fantastic ideas, it’s time to put them into action. Do your research to find out where you can get hold of those pieces you just have to have.

Go online to find where in your local area stocks certain products such as soft furnishings, paints and fabrics. This will cut down on the amount of time you spend travelling from one place to another.

You might find you need to change your mood board as you go along – and that’s fine. Certain shapes and shades may not lend themselves to your overall look, but the great thing about a mood board is that it doesn’t matter. It’s there as a guide, so you can chop and change as much as you like.

If your property is for sale, you might want to cut back on how much you spend on the design project. Set yourself a budget and be strict with yourself, especially if the pieces aren’t likely to fit in your new place!

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