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Mood Boards - forget Pinterest, it's time to get hands on

Updated: Jan 13

When tackling a brand new project, there are so many factors to consider - but one of the most important things is ensuring you fully encapsulate the client’s vision. You can do endless research, fill countless documents and brainstorm as much as you like, but nothing is quite as visually effective as a good old mood board.

Mood boards have recently increased in popularity, thanks to sites like Pinterest (and the Saved Collections feature on Instagram) making it easier to collate all your inspiration into one easily accessible location. Mood boards are the perfect medium for assembling all our ideas for interior design and architecture projects, as they enable us to see the colours, textures, patterns and materials in one place.

Get Touchy Feely

Digital mood boards are great for certain types of projects - but for interior architecture and design, we want to be able to feel the different textures and see the vibrant colours in person. When piecing together a physical mood board - handling each fabric sample, piece of wood and colour swatch - we become fully immersed in the vision, and it brings to light what’s really working. We find it particularly useful to get hands on in this way and create a tangible mood board, rather than work off a screen.

What's working - and what's not?

After we’ve put together a mood board, it’s helpful to sit back and take it all in to assess what it looks like as a whole. Sometimes, some of the ideas we were originally enthusiastic about don’t sit quite right among the rest of the colour palette or fabric selection. Mood boards bring to light what really works, what needs a little bit of adjustment, and what needs a complete rethink. Certain colours might need toning down, and we might need to tweak a pattern or two.

The client’s dream

Ultimately, our main aim is to create a breathtaking, effective space that fulfils the client’s original brief. A mood board allows us to assess whether our choices of carpet, fabric, wood and colour palette create the impression and atmosphere the client wants their space to evoke. It allows us to make changes early on in the process, saving time, resources and money further down the line.

Often our clients prefer a physical mood board as opposed to a digital one, as it helps them to really visualise the space, which can otherwise be difficult to do.


Try it yourself - or let us give you a hand

Whatever creative personal project you’re embarking on, try your hand at mood boarding. It’s a wonderful, immersive and highly effective way of putting all of your aesthetic inspiration and ideas together.

Our in-depth industry knowledge and vast supplier and product relationships enable us to give an educated edge to your sample selection. If you need in depth knowledge of the materials and finishes that will work best for your project, be it commercial or residential, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us for a chat - we’d love to help out.



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