How to Master the Art of the Moodboard

When I create moodboards for this blog they are usually the key components of a decorative scheme, placed together to give a finished picture of how the room will look. But in actual fact that ‘moodboard’ is often the end result of creative thinking and not the start. A true ‘moodboard’ doesn’t have to represent the actual furniture, fabrics, wallpaper or accessories at all. It can be a lot more abstract than that. It should represent the ‘mood’ of a scheme. A visual representation of how you want the room to feel. And I have to admit I often skip this part of the process because I can now see this in my minds eye and don’t have to put it down on a board. But it is a good practice to adopt if you are trying to convey a mood to a designer (if you are the client) or to a client (if you are a designer), or even to your hubby if he is reluctant to buy off on your ideas.

How to Master the Art of the Moodboard - get creative

Where to Start?
  1. Magazines are usually my first port of call. They are much better than Pinterest because you can rip them up and don’t have to use all of the image if only a part of it speaks to you. In fact when I was in collage we were told to flick through the magazines upside down so that we weren’t distracted by details, only colours, textures and combinations of shapes. You don’t want to recreate the room in the image, just use it (or part of it) as inspiration.
  2. Include photographs that you have taken while out or on holiday if you are trying to emulate that ambience. Travel snaps (and postcards too for that matter) can be very inspirational.
  3. Order wallpaper and fabric samples if you love them. It’s often the large expanses of colour and pattern that dictate a scheme after all. You might find when you combine them with other things you don’t love them so much after all.
  4. Order wood samples for flooring. They represent a large surface area in a room and should be represented on your board.
  5. Get some paint tester pots of the colours that interest you and paint up some large pieces of white card. You can always cut them down to size when you are collating the board.
  6. Collect together any small details that appeal to you. It might be a favourite necklace, a feather picked while walking the dog, a small ornament you already own, a flower. They won’t necessarily be used in the finished room but will represent the feeling you want to convey.
  7. You can include cut-out images of any pieces of furniture or accessories you have your eye on, but don’t make any decisions until the board is complete.

How to Master the Art of the Moodboard - the finished room

Get Creative
  1. It may be tempting to create a digital representation of a moodboard, but a physical moodboard is more tactile and much more effective. The very act of cutting up, moving things around, and pasting down will solidify your choices for a start. Use a large piece of foamboard as the base and get creative.
  2. Remember to use your samples in proportion to the space they will use up in the room. For example, wallpaper, paint and flooring samples will be larger than trimmings and accessories.
  3. I also place items relative to where they will be. The pendant light image (if I’m using one) will be at the top of the board for example and the flooring at the bottom.
  4. Don’t lock down an idea or style too early in the process as this can be detrimental. Postpone pasting everything down until the last moment.
  5. If you are compiling the moodboard to show to others, don’t underestimate the power of a few well-chosen words to reinforce the mood you are trying to convey.
  6. If you are compiling the moodboard for yourself, live with it for a week or two before you make any rash purchases.
  7. Have fun. This is the bit where you can keep changing your mind before you have committed paint to a single wall.

How to Master the Art of the Moodboard - the finished details

All images for this post are courtesy of Furniture Village (affiliate link).


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    Kimberly Duran

    September 5, 2018

    I agree that I rarely create a mood board for my own home but I think it’s a great way to convey something to someone else and sometimes it’s far easier to ‘feel ‘something with imagery than it is with just a worded description. Fantastic tips for putting one together (and I like the idea of looking at a magazine upside down!) I have to say, I quite love the interpretation of the moodboard you’ve shown on your post – that room is pretty spectacular! xxx

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      September 5, 2018

      Isn’t it just. And that wallpaper just keeps following me around haha. x

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    September 5, 2018

    What a great post! It never occurred to me to look at magazines upside down and I do indeed get distracted by the entire pretty picture! Also, I definitely prefer a physical moodboard to a virtual one – I like to really see and feel the textures. 🙂 xo

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      September 5, 2018

      Aww, thanks hun. x

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    Elysium Screens

    September 5, 2018

    It’s amazing moodboard and especially the color combination enhance the beauty. Thanks for sharing this wonderful piece of art.

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      September 5, 2018

      It’s my favourite wallpaper so I had to share 🙂


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