We rarely use a white board for our mood boards, because you’re losing a surface that’s hugely helpful in shaping your scheme. Make the most of every scrap of space of your moodboard and you’ll find how that backdrop guides you to big room decisions, be it the fabric for your upholstery, the primary colour in your palette or even the accent if you cover up most of the board so just a few pops of that backdrop shade peep through. In this example, we draped different fabrics over to see which suited our other points of inspiration most. It’s best not to waste time pinning down your other images, swatches and paint samples because you’re only going to need to move them again when you try a different fabric sample. Wait until you’re confident you’ve found the one.
With our Harris Tweed Bilberry Ink fabric chosen, we felt quite quickly that all upholstery in that same textile would be a bit much, so we looked through the fabric books and found us warming to ember-like shades of orange and yellow. Had we looked at colour alone or images of fabric, we wouldn’t have been able to appreciate just how classic the character is in the wool and how that tempers the strong contrast in colour and stops it becoming too contemporary. In moodboards, texture is paramount. Cuttings of various fabrics in front of us, we found a combination of colour, texture and tone that would achieve our vision – a sitting room that has a crispness and confidence to it but still feels suitably warming and comforting for the seasons ahead.
Another moodboard tip to achieve consistency in your home’s styling and scheming is to not just include images of decor you hope to emulate, but that of what already exists in neighbouring rooms. Look closely and you’ll see two images of other rooms – a hallway and a dining room. You might prefer to build your moodboard and simply be mindful of what decor already exists, or to take your moodboard and stand in such spaces to gauge if you’re happy with the connection between them. Or, taking a photo, printing it off, and pinning it on your board is another approach that guides you to developing a scheme with a shared source of inspiration. Your other images can be of specific detail, such as the crystal tumblers and drinks trolley that we stuck down to remind us that we wanted at least one element in the room that was a touch glamorous and Art Deco – that’s what encouraged us to go for the statement chandelier.
Don’t forget too that a moodboard is there to give structure to your accessory choices. For example in this board, the texture in the wool made us realise that same richness was needed elsewhere, which is where the idea for dried stems and rushes came from.