Are you in the mood for a Mood board? Mood boards are the foundation of every designing journey. Whether you are a seasoned professional, a student of design, or are staring at your first white space, mood boards are where the magic starts.
When it comes to designing an interior space whether your home, office or apartment /flat mood boards are a perfect space to start your ideas flowing. As an interior designer mood boards are one of the first things I turn to when planning out a space to help visualise and gather inspiration to build a concept. On my Boards I gather all ideas and influences and establish important Biophilic variables that I want to incorporate. Furniture, colours, fabrics, materials come together creating a theme pulling all your ideas together.
The process of creating an interior begins with a blank space. That is your mood board.
A mood board is simply a visual tool that allows you to convey a concept and put ideas together. They are usually very well thought out and planned with an arrangement of materials, colours, images, textures and key words that evoke or portray a particular concept or style.
Often times we come to a project with a clear idea of colour or theme, however matching and mixing colours/themes/textures becomes more and more complex as the process continues.
Not having a mood board, would be like just declaring you like the colour blue and then picking the first blue paint you come across in a potential palette of over 300 shades.
Why do we use a Mood Board?
- Mood boards will help you to articulate a clear vision that you have in mind for a particular biophilic project.
- They are important starting points to get things done. This help focus and refine ideas for your project.
- Mood boards allow you to visually communicate your ideas to other people who may not at the beginning be able to understand your concepts. Colleagues, partners, and relations will be able to clearly see your vision on your mood board. It allows you to develop a clear and concise design plan that you want for the space.
How to Create a Biophilic Mood board
Start with an image of the Room, or better, theFloorplan.
Starting with a floor plan or an image of the room you want to design will allow you to see what space you have available within the room. Now that you have decided on the room think about what biophilic elements you want to incorporate into the room. This may be environmental features, natural patterns and processes, light and space or natural shapes and forms.
Start your Research Magazines, Pinterest, Books or Instagram.
The internet is full of never ending inspiration;Pinterest or Instagram are great places to start. But make sure you don’t fall down that rabbit hole of looking at one thing and then all of a sudden, hours have flown by! This is a great starting point as there newest feature‘shop now’will help you to locate the items that you have fallen in love with from that image or something similar. Another great way to get inspiration are from magazines like, or. Or from interior blogs which may even give you tips on how the process goes for prepping certain items or rooms to finishes and durability of items that you maybe considering.
Choose your Biophilic Colours
The next key stage is to start thinking about what you want your colour palette to be. These colours may reflect your outdoor space, be inspired by nature or even a memory from a holiday, travel or cultural experience you encountered and feel inspired by. When it comes to picking colours think about the purpose of the room, the feel you want to create. I always recommend starting with a base colour and then adding a few accent colours that will either compliment your base colour or contrast nicely alongside it.
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Using a colour scheme that represents the local natural environment or brand colours in an office space to create a sense of belonging through attachment to place.
Select your Flooring
A biophilic approach to flooring will allow you to create a more naturalised feeling within the space whilst inspiring the rest of your design elements. For example, if you are working from home you could create zoned spaces to differentiate between your working and living space through textural contrasts of colour, pattern and texture that mimic the natural world. Consider looking at and.
Get that Space Lit
If you are thinking about changing your lighting, think about the interplay of light and shadow within the space. This can be created through dynamic and diffused lighting that mimics natural sunlight, moonlight or even the twinkles of a star.
Top Tip try to optimise the natural light within the space as much as possible as this will help to regulate circadian rhythm; research shows that natural light is the most sought after element of a work environment. 44% of offices workers say it is their top priority.
Blinds | Curtains | Shutters
If the space you are designing has windows, then it’s time to think about whether to utilise blinds, curtains or shutters within this space. Using blinds and shutters will allow you to control how much natural light flows into the space AND be a feature unto themselves. Get creative using curtains and blinds that have natural patterns, shapes and forms that mimic the outside world such as a tropical print or woodland print.
Wallpaper is an excellent way to add dimension to your room, whilst embracing nature and outdoor spaces. Create a calming and restorative space through natural wall murals; nature murals are a unique way to introduce a living space with colour and is a focal point within the space. Natural views and depictions of greenery, immediately calm and revitalise us.
Furniture is a huge aspect of any interior, think about what key pieces you need for the space, then find out what their dimensions are as this will help you whittle down what will work in the space and what will not. Also take into consideration the visual ascetic of the room you don’t want the room to look cluttered. When it comes to picking your furniture think about using natural materials like cork, bamboo, sustainable timber, rattan or stone. Ask yourself “Would this space be better served with one focal piece, or smaller pieces?”.
Lastly soft furnishings are where you can bring your personality into play through accent colours, textures and materials. Consider the many shapes of nature such as curves, soft edges, contrasting of straight lines and right angles and patterns. Think about adding pieces of art or even creating a gallery wall with your favourite memories of nature and being in outdoor spaces - these will immediately trigger-happy hormones that will lift your mood and boost productivity and creativity. You can add texture and pattern through layering of soft textiles like cushions and throws. Remember that touch and the feel of a piece of art of furnishing is a vital sense of all people.
Your mood board is the starting point. Once you have everything arranged on your board, you can step back and let your thoughts and ideas come together OR, see where you want to make changes, additions or take a different look.
A tip I use, is when I have assembled a mood board, I remove one item and see if putting it back consolidates the project.
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