Gail, home designer at Neptune Bury St Edmunds: “First, decide what sort of moodboard you want to create. Strictly speaking, a moodboard is for pure inspiration and lifestyle aspiration. It’s more pictures and page tears from magazines, not just of interiors, but places you’ve been, restaurants you’ve eaten in and so on. It could be a photo that represents an activity that shows what you want the room to be used for and the atmosphere you want to create.”
Danielle, home designer at Neptune Colchester: “But, you can also create a sample board, which is a different thing. That’s where you get more selective on colour, materials and textures. On a sample board, you’ll start to figure out what finishes work best with the colour palette you’ve chosen and which flooring sample you’re going to go with. It’s exactly as it sounds – somewhere to gather all of the samples you’ve decided on so you can really get a sense of the tone of the room.
George, home designer at Neptune Fulham: “A lot of interior designers will create both for their clients, but some people prefer just one tool that fuses both types of board, which is what you can see in the moodboards pictured. What makes it onto your moodboard is entirely up to you and the catalyst very much depends on the person and on the room. For example, the Burford Brown eggshell and rusted iron weight in our country kitchen moodboard were the first two objects that we were drawn to – inspiration doesn’t have to take the form of something you’re physically going to feature in the room. They’re what represented the desire for a provincial charm with warming, natural colours and a combination of very rough, heavy textures against beautifully smooth ones. The little galvanised saucepan feeds into that texture story too, but also just looks lovely – a moodboard is a place to get a bit arty and creative after all.”
Kate, home designer at Neptune York: “With this combined board approach, from here, keep layering on ideas. Little paint pots or dabs of the colours you’ve chosen, sample tiles and wood finishes, textiles and so on, can all make it onto your board. The fundamental idea is that you start with lots of inspiration and then your board helps to edit that down so what you can see works best together and makes you feel happiest.”