If you love designing, people will love your design. ~ Onur Mustak Cobanli
Coming from 2 blogs on Interior Designing. I thought of sharing with you my ardor in preparing “Mood boards”.
Though for those who haven’t encounter this yet, let me explain first what is a Mood board. A Mood board is very similar to a Vision board or a Dream board. It is like a manifestation tool through a collage or sets of photos of the things you want to happen or see them happening.
Having a dream board and placing it somewhere you can see it all the time allows you to own it. Your thoughts of having them, or imagining yourself with them actually brings them to life. In living colors! =) It’s like a reminder of the things you want to see happening very soon.
The same principle is applied into Mood boards. It is practically your actual recommendation to your clients. An effective way to communicate your thoughts and visions and easier for clients to understand.
It also allows the clients to see right away your exact idea and proposal so immediately from there, you can already discuss whether the client likes it or not.
It enables them to visualize what the place would look like. What specific items to use, what matches their preference, what color fits a particular color, and if what they want is feasible or not, if it’s nice to look at, giving consideration to aesthetics and functionality.
Through this, clients can also anticipate budget to allocate upon seeing the furniture, the accessories and other stuff to complete a space or room as desired.
It is a powerful tool to perform Creative Visualization.
It is an initial presentation to your client, like a first draft to fine-tune and finalize things. First and foremost, it works both ways, it helps you and your client to come up with the final and approved design prior to execution.
Here’s a list of the usual items you should include:
- Color palette
- Furniture recommended
- Lighting fixtures
- Swatches of window and floor treatments and upholstery
- Source of inspiration
- Floor plan
- Moods the space adheres to create through use of positive adjectives. Example:
10. Short descriptions
11. Don’t forget to tell a story, put titles on your recommendations, below are examples of titles:
- A Charming Retreat (for a country-side rustic bedroom for a 30 year old career woman)
- A Bachelor’s pad
- An Adventurer’s Abode
- Purple Royalty
- Southern Chill
- Timeless Beauty
Please take a look at some of the mood boards I’ve lovingly created in the past:
While here are some of the most creative mood boards I’ve seen online. Try searching for some as your inspiration. =)
Here you will notice that the inspiration used are red flowers.
While in this Mood board, you can already identify colors preferred and there are short descriptions.
This is the ideal Mood board, it includes the floor plan or the lay-out and the actual materials to use.
While this one, the Designer was playful enough to include Inspirational quotes imbibing the mood of her plans and visions.
Usually, for Mood boards such as this one, there is an attachment that includes detailed list of materials to use.
Mood boards aren’t just for Interior Designers, it is also being utilized by Fashion Designers, Make-up Artists, Event Planners (especially Weddings) even Travellers utilize them too.
Also, there are sites online that can give you pro tips and help you prepare amazing ones (like it isn’t your first time) such as milanote.com, creativebloq.com, gomoodboard.com. There’s a lot out there. Even “apps”. =)
Try one and I’m sure it can only spell happiness as it brings out the creative juices in you. Please remember that there is always an “artist” in all of us. =).
Play around, research, spice it up with things that inspires you, those items you wanted to see at home. It can be outlined properly, or it can be a collage. It’s your call. Don’t limit yourself. It’s like dreaming and it’s okay to dream. Dream big. =) The bigger, the better! =)
P.S. As a reminder, Mood board is also different from Color board or Swatch board. This is where all the materials to use are reflected as your reference of the colors approved by the client.