Thinking of redecorating for the approaching new season? Need some inspiration? Well, preparation and planning are essential in any home design project. If you dive straight in and start selecting pieces of furniture or accessories at random without considering how the space works as a whole, you may be unsatisfied with the final design. Before you take the plunge, you need to determine the overall aesthetic of the room and start experimenting with various choices.
Prior to every photoshoot, the creative team at Cousins produces a moodboard to communicate the concepts and design ideas we are going for.
What is a Moodboard?
A moodboard is a collage of visual elements such as fabrics, paint swatches, inspirational images etc. Creating a mood board allows you to collate your thoughts, ideas, colour schemes and moods in one place and define a coherent design concept.
Creating a Moodboard
Identify your objectives
It’s important that you clarify your main goals for your room before you start looking at design concepts. For example, if you want to revamp your living room because it feels small and crowded your mood board will probably include a lot of light and subtle colour swatches and images of space saving layouts and multi-purpose furniture. Knowing what your aims are for your space will provide you with some guidance when producing your moodboard.
Choose a style
Regardless of what your tastes are, it is important that you find a specific style that will fit in with your personality, lifestyle and budget. As you may well be living with that décor for several years.
One of the first decisions you will have to make prior to decorating your home and creating your moodboard is whether you prefer a trendy or timeless look, or whether you would like your home to be a balance between the two. Establishing your preference will help you make smart decisions during the selection process.
For a timeless design, think classic and neutral furniture pieces that will adapt gracefully to changing trends. The Monterey 3 Seater Sofa is upholstered in quality leather, making it a true investment that will stand the test of time and fashion. Additionally, the Abbey is a classic tub chair that will suit any décor.
If you want your space to scream trendy, then try adding small pieces like rugs or stools, as you can easily swap them out when you want to update your home.
For example, the mandala-inspired Zira rug is perfect if you want to add an exotic touch to your room. The Urbane Hexagonal stool is also great for making a statement and bringing colours from your scheme together.
Specific to furniture
Search for items that suit the style you’ve chosen. Try a few different options, go to a few stores and see what you’re drawn to. It’s always good to try a furniture piece, such as a sofa or bed to see if it meets all of your requirements before you invest in it. Be sure to take photographs of your finds when out and about and bring them home to see whether they work with your mood board.
Putting it together
There are no rules or limits when it comes to arranging your moodboard, it’s merely an opportunity to get your creative juices flowing! Your moodboard may be a structured and neat digital board created on Pinterest or Canva, or it may be a physical board consisting of layers of various elements. There really is no ‘correct’ way. It’s the process itself that really helps you. By whittling down your ideas into a single sheet, you have an overview of what you need to do to translate your inspiration into reality.
Why not pop into one of our Furniture Store Near You where our knowledgeable and friendly staff can help you pick the right furniture pieces and accessories for your design ideas.
From traditional classics to more contemporary looks, our stylised room settings allow you to see beautiful designs, feel the textures and visualise how your home will look.
Alternatively, see our stunning range of furniture and accessories online now.