When planning for your home, finding your inspiration is very important. Even if you’ve decided to hire a designer/contractor. They should never spoon feed you because you’re gonna be the person living in the space, not them. Arguably, you are the one who really knows what you like/dislike because you already have years understanding yourself (long before you start planning for your new home).
A professional is hired for their knowledge and ability to provide their expert opinion from their perspective and ideas by thinking outside the box. With that said, it can be hard to explain your own ideas in words to your designer/ contractor, it’s very important to be able to convey them clearly to avoid as much misunderstanding as possible. And vice versa, your designer should also be able to show you his/her ideas (in the form of a mood board) so that both of you can agree on what is to be executed.
// FIND INSPIRATION //
Finding inspiration doesn’t just limit to the digital world, you might find them in magazines or even by taking actual photos yourself. If you need to jolt down notes, you can keep a binder with magazine tear sheets or prints from your computer. Whichever way or ways you choose, it should be one that you’re comfortable with, as time goes you can edit or add to your inspiration board with ease.
// ORGANIZE BY ROOM TYPE //
Categorize your inspiration by rooms; bedrooms, living rooms, kitchens, etc. You might have a few boards on bedroom alone, label them clearly so it’s easy to identify, such as happy Modern bedroom, fresh Scandinavian bedroom, etc.
You’ll soon find common things in these images you’ve collected. It becomes clearer to you that a certain look appeals to you more than the rest. Find words (adjectives) to describe the overall look you’re attracted to. It’s like asking, “what are your ideal qualities of a lover?”, you might answer honest, loyal, humorous. Describe how you want your ideal room to feel, use words such as “happy, airy, fresh, chic, calm, fun, glam, elegant, etc.”. Once you have decided on three words, stick to what you’ve decided and continue gathering inspiration based on that.
// DECIDE ON A COLOR PALETTE //
Now that you’ve identified repeated colors and furnishing, it’s time to put them together. Use any application that you’re comfortable, you don’t need to make your board impressive, they just need to be easily understood. You can use Paint, Microsoft PowerPoint/Word or Photoshop, etc. You can search for any texture using Google images.
Name your board (I named this bedroom Happy Modern Bohemian) and included different colors that made up the entire room (see above). The furnishing is optional (such as fabrics, wall texture (if applicable), metal(s), accessories like plants). I’ve decided to show them here because I love including them on my mood board and because this is how I show my clients what they’re getting. Seeing them side by side is a great way to help visualize a space and balancing a room from going too masculine or feminine. In this case, my bedroom is leaning towards feminine because I’m going for the Bohemian look. After you’re done with your board (for the time being), ask yourself if this is the style or final look that you want?
// CREATE YOUR MOOD BOARD //
Putting them together allows you to have a sense of how they look together in the same space. Doing this is a great way to avoid regrets on wall color, spending on furniture that doesn’t work with the space or style. Some mistakes we can make in our home reno can be hard and costly to rectify, sometimes we might feel pressured to include something during a last minute event that we actually didn’t need. Always take time to plan and allow yourself to go back and forth to your board, making changes for new ideas or a new found love. Do not ever rush to create your mood board in a day, it takes time to realize what you truly love and your style to be reflected on your board.
I’ll be working on the 3D reveal of the Happy Modern Bohemian bedroom as well as items on above mood board listed with links for your shopping. Stay tuned. :)