How to create a moodboard

guest blog written by Mendy van Hoogdalem

Making a mood board is a very good one way to find out which style you like and or which direction you want to take in your interior. It ensures that you stick to your palette and color ideas and it gives you the opportunity to capture your ideas in one image and therefore easier to process in your home.

As a first step, you can search various websites and magazines and look for things you like. If there is an item or an atmospheric image that you think is really cool, you can use it as the main idea. Then you build a system of other items, colors and ideas around this atmospheric image that ensure that you eventually arrive at a plan in which you know which direction to take. You will know which products, building materials, furniture and decoration you need to purchase.

Below you can see how to build a moodboard based upon my own styles and ideas. On instagram you see the mood boards that I make for clients on a regular basis. Here you also learn more about how to make a mood board. I use a numbering with each photo / fabric / paint samples, etc., so that I explain what I mean by that specific photo on an attached document.

For example, I would like to create a mood board for mylivingroom.I want to create a different atmosphere and use different colors than I already had and want to buy some new furniture, but I am attached to the sofa. So it has to stay.

 create a mood board

Step 1: When this is my sofa, I am currently looking at the colors of the sofa and when you look very closely you can see black elements of the legs, different beige tones and in the parts where the shadow is there is a taupe-like color . In the first instance these will be the colors of my starting point.

Later in the process, by obtaining more atmospheric images you can automatically supplement your color palette with other colors that you like.

Step 2: Now we are going to look for a color palette of colors / fabrics / swatches and so on to make the basis of our mood board. If I rely on the colors mentioned above, I will initially also compile a palette in those colors. For example:

color moodboard


This palette has all the colors that I am looking for and it immediately gives extra ideas because you can now see that marble and oak look great with this. Again two elements that appeal to me and on which I can build further.

Step 3: Finally for the basis I am looking for an item or items that I would like to include in it anyway . Maybe you love plantsart, concrete look or vases with flowers. A big must is that you also include this in your mood board and home because those are the items that really make your home 'your home'.

In my case, I useposters and wall art. I think that's great and I have two beautiful posters in mind of OsareThat I definitely want to use.

 posters moodboard

 Step 4: The basis for our mood board has now been laid. We have our color palette, a main piece of furniture, which pieces of furniture to stay and two items that we would definitely like to use. Elaborating on this, we will look for atmospheric images that should bring the house into one whole. Think of wall shelves, plants, decoration, furniture and other things that you would like to process. Now is the time to cut and paste and grab all your favorite pictures. Below are a number of wishes and ideas that I really like.

  moodboard livingroom

plant lichte kleuren moodboard minimalistisch moodboard

If you now look at the photos above and you have always kept your color palette in mind, you will see how beautifully this blends together. In fact, you just made your mini mood board. In the next step, we will put everything together and you can get started in your interior with these ideas and knowledge of 'creating a mood board'.

Step 5: Merge the mood board. The furniture that has to go along, the color palette, the items that you want to return anyway and then merge your atmospheric images together is not that difficult. Stick the most important thing in the middle of your board and then work your way out to something less important. You can see my mood board below:

create a moodboard Step 6: What I have done is added textiles, paint and fabric samples by means of a rug, cushions and paint cans. By adding these images, your mood board starts to come alive and you can actually go to the stores to shop this and realize the style that is now emerging at home.

Take a good look at your mood board. Are you satisfied or are you missing something? When this is the case, just look further for even more inspiration that suits you and add it to your palette. For example, I could add extra color to my palette, such as: terracotta, green-gray, blue-green or a deep red color. You can keep it as colorful or as calm as you want. If you stick to cold colors and don't mix with warmer colors, then you're in the right place.

Lots of success with creating your mood board!

If I can help you with a mood board or other advice for the interior, take a look and who knows I can be of service with one of my packages.

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