They say that ‘Failing to plan is planning to fail’. This certainly applies when it comes to your home improvement project. The key ingredient for any successful renovation project is planning.
We are inspired by images of beautiful home interiors and we want to recreate some of what we’ve seen. We want the stunning open-plan living spaces; the large bi-fold doors that bring the outside in; the luxury hotel style bathrooms – we want it all – but how do we bring the magazine pictures to life in our own homes?
Simple – do what the experts do and start your project with a MOOD BOARD.
A mood board is a brilliant way to communicate and bring your ideas to life. It is the start of the creative process. It is the putting together of materials, images, colours, samples and words to create a blueprint for your project design.
The first thing to bear in mind is this is where the creative process begins and, as such, there are no hard and fast rules to follow. However here are some pointers to get you started:
This is extremely important as it allows you to think clearly and logically about each space and how you want it to look.
Grab your magazines, colour swatches, fabrics, words and anything else that inspires you and begin to cut out images, select colours, styles, patterns or whatever else you like the look of. This patchwork of ideas will come together on a mood board and begin to tell your story and reveal your style.
An important part of any room décor planning is to ask yourself the question ‘How do I want the space to look?’ Inviting; cosy; modern; contemporary; homely – whatever your words are, put them on your mood board. They really will help you to create the look you desire.
This stage is about piecing your ideas together. For me, this is my favourite stage. As you begin to piece the images together you can see the whole look of a room coming to life. This stage is all about how it feels. You will instinctively know if the different elements work when they are put together. This could take several attempts at creating different compositions. Keep going until you create a combination you are happy with. Once you are there, use this mood board as the guideline for the space.
No one ever said it will be easy, but I can guarantee this stage of planning will definitely be worth it!
*Guest blog supplied by Sai Siddique from Sai Interiors*