While at my daughter’s Girl Scout event this week I had a conversation one of the mom’s who said “people who are creative the way you are is a GOD given talent. I never seem to know where to start when decorating my home”, she said with her 3rd new born straddled on her lap as she tried to eat with one hand. I recall those days..
Anyway, this got me to thinking of how it may be easy for me to get inspired by a magazine layout, a decadent table scape, or maybe even my favorite boutique retail store to get my latest color palette for my next project or pattern for a wall treatment.
However, I can see how most people can get overwhelmed by all the Houzz, Pinterest and HGTV galore that it would be hard to see past all the glitter and eye candy in order to really get to a conceptual vision for just one room!
Not to say that those resourced aren’t great for getting you started, but it really takes more than just pinning to your heart’s content to create a room. You have to take into account where to buy those coveted items you have stuck on your virtual board, how much time it’s going to take to pull it all together, and most of all how much will it cost?
When looking for inspiration step outside the computer for a moment and check out your favorite hotel, restaurant or your last vacation spot. Take in the sights and smells and textures! I know those are the most obvious of choices. What about your favorite movie? My personal favorite source of inspiration is the craft store especially the scrap-booking and gift wrapping aisles! With all the colorful patterns and creative color pallets you’re sure to find a jumping off point.
Once you have found a few source’s of images stick to just 4 main images for a room ideas. Next add in 2-3 actual items that you have found and priced out that could go into the room. Then, select 2 main colors that are recurring and a design element that speak to you the most. If you have fabric or tile swatches add those in as well and look to them for color or a pattern that could be used. Do this in a PowerPoint, Photoshop or InDesign to create your layout.
Mood Board Sample for Project-Steps 1-4 are shown in image above to start.
Lastly, or you can do this part first if you have a clear sense, but most people don’t so this is why I say to do this part last. Review your board and give it a name or theme of some kind. Think of descriptive words and keep to a min. of three or meshing the words together. For example Colonial Med., Coastal Glamor, Vintage Mod you get the idea. It should be something that describes your personal design style and how plan to achieve it. I do these mood boards for every job I start and present up to 3 to each of my Client’s in order to get them to stay on track with a vision. It’s my visual concept statement if you will; that represents a story of them and the way I plan on seeing the new space to come alive.
Material Board – True items selected for a family from based off the Mood Board above. It always helps to lay out your new items with your current pieces to see how they talk to each other. Ask your self are they have a happy conversation or are they yelling and bickering? If it’s one or the other no matter what you will feel more confident in your purchases.
This only takes a few hours of research and laying it all out, but it really helps and I can only hope that when you start your next decorating project you’ll give it a try.