April 04, 2017 3 min read

Have you ever noticed how a space designed by a good interior designer always look so coherent? Nothing looks jarring or out of place – it just all comes together. The secret sauce to creating a seamless space is using a moodboard! Before we get into the nitty-gritty, let’s get a few basic questions that we know you have out of the way.

So, what is a Moodboard?

An interior moodboard is essentially an arrangement of images, materials, colours, etc., that is intended to evoke or project a particular type of style or design. Besides interior design, they are a common tool used in a variety of industries such as fashion, photography, branding, and web design.


Okay, What about the format?

You can create either a digital or a physical moodboard, the choice depends on two factors:

1. Personal preference– if you’re a bit old school and, like us, enjoy the good ol’ feel of paper, a digital moodboard is just not going to cut it. So fire up your scrap book, gather your colour swatches and fabric cutouts, and start pasting!

2. Shareability – If you want to share your moodboard with friends or family, or build one together, then digital is the way to go. You can use Pinterest or Photoshop, or if you want to keep it simple, PowerPoint will do the trick just fine.


Got it! and is there a layout I should follow?

Well, there’s no standard layout as such, so this one’s a to-each-his-own. But, having a layout is definitely better than not having one at all. A few pointers to keep in mind: limit your moodboard to one page, yup, one single-side page. And second, give your content room to breathe - don’t clutter it, rather be selective in what you include.All right, let’s get down to it then. Here’s how you can make your own moodboard in three simple steps:


1. First, Choose your base colour

Whether it’s your flooring or your wall, the base colour will be the largest (about 60-70%) area of colour in your room. Begin by gathering samples of flooring, wallpaper, or wall colours onto your board. Once you have a few different samples, whittle them down to the one or two that you like most. Don’t trash the rest though, keep them in your back pocket if you want to turn to them later to compare options.


2. Then, Add an accent tone

An accent tone is basically the second largest area of colour (about 20%) in your room. An accent tone is either in complete contrast to the base colour or it is a few shades here and there of the base colour. Think of things like furniture, and upholstery here. You can refer to colour palettes on Pinterest to figure out which accent tones go with your base colour (a colour palette is essentially a scheme of colours that go together.) Then, start mixing and matching – you’re likely to end-up with a few different variations to choose from.


3. Finally, round-off your moodboard with the right accessories

The accessories should ideally take up just 10% of the space in your room. The accessories need to be chosen in accordance with base colour and the accent tone. Sticking to a colour palette will help you keep the look in your room coordinated.

Source: Pinterest

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