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Make your Mood – Working with Mood Boards

I’m working on a basement remodel project with a long-distance client and have been astounded by the recent offerings of Houzz. Houzz continues to transform the language of design by digitizing useful techniques that distance previously prevented designers (and clients) from using.

I am going to do a couple Blogposts letting our community know what Houzz has been up to and how it can help you. Here’s the first one on a really fun Houzz feature…Mood Boards!

What a designers dream! Mood boards allow you to put all the parts and pieces, the textures and colors together in one visual scene. Combine wallpaper with a fabric to see if they are too busy or just the right combination! Add in furniture items to see if they “speak’ the same language. Know whether or not the furniture piece looks too “rustic” against your contemporary backdrop! Mood boards capture all of the separate items that influence a space and allow them to be read together before you ever finish out your remodeled space.

Steps for creating a Mood Board:

1) Describe the Emotion:  what feeling to do you want the space to have? Is it lively or calming? Is it refreshing or cozy?

2) Find the Focus:  select an element you love – that piece of art, the texture of a wallpaper, the deep red African JuJu hat that you can’t live without!

3) Set the Scene: if everything carries a “strong” aesthetic language, then nothing does! So find the subtle elements that you want to be in the background. Maybe its Dove White (a classic Benjamin Moore paint) on the walls, maybe its a jute rug with a rough texture that doesn’t compete but strengthens the feel. Continue to add and subtract, group and organize to get the feel you want, then, compare Mood Boards to make sure the spaces speak to each other as much or as little as you prefer!

By Melissa Kennedy