Interior design mood board (noun):
An inspirational collection of materials (swatches, fabrics, tiles, and more) that create a look and feel to kick-start the design process.
At DKOR Interiors, interior design mood boards are an essential part of our design process. After gathering insights from our clients and touring the space, thousands of design ideas start swirling around in our designer heads. Once the tornado of ideas has settled, our designers pick their favorite design concept— the one that fits our client’s style and needs to a T.
Then, we begin to select materials that best bring our design concept to life. This can be anything from tile and wood finishes we think should eventually end up in our client’s dream home to inspirational objects that emphasize the concept.
But how can we translate those sometimes esoteric design concepts and out-of-the-box material picks to our clients in an clear, simple, and visual way? Mood boards.
Boards allow you to express your design ideas with objects and materials when you can’t put it into words. It’s a physical representation of the concept I have in my creative mind, not just communicating a color palette and material choices, but also the tone and mood of our design intent.
Looking to make your own mood board? Follow our easy steps and take a peek at some of our recent interior design mood boards that are feeling just right for fall.
How to Create a Mood Board:
1. Collect Your Materials
Gather literally every sample you believe works with your client’s taste and that perfectly fits into your concept. Go to a bunch of different stores—paint, furniture, tile, fixtures, and more—to assemble your collection.
2. Group Your Options
Organize all the samples into categories: flooring, wallcoverings, color options, textures, etc. Narrow down the groupings by choosing only the items that best visually communicate your concept and help your clients understand how every element comes together.
3. Get Creative
Lay out all of your materials and arrange them so they can all be seen, but are slightly overlapping. Also, be sure to not overload the board. Too many items will be overwhelming and might distract from the mood you’re trying to convey.
Snap a picture of the grouping for a digital version you can take with you anywhere you go. (You know, like when you’re shopping!)
Get inspired with these Fall-Inspired Interior Design Mood Boards!
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