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    13 May 2022

    3 key elements of a great interior design moodboard

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    An interior design moodboard is the first step towards transforming a space with intention.

    Online moodboards such as Pinterest can help with getting the imagination fired up. 

    But there’s something about putting together a physical mood board that makes for a more creative look and sets the foundations of an inspiring space. Here are three key elements of a great interior design mood board to help get you started.

    Note: Don’t feel compelled to stick down your mood board with adhesive – at least, not yet. We often play around with different combinations of images and inspiration until we strike the perfect balance. Pinning to a corkboard is a good idea that will allow you flexibility as your concept evolves.

    1. A strong Design Direction

    The first thing is to find an interior design style that speaks to you. At BOWERBIRD Interiors, we have three core Design Directions – Light, Moody and Hues. But there are literally hundreds of interior styles and sub-categories – from French farmhouse to shabby chic. Narrowing down your options and focusing on one style will ensure you have a consistent theme throughout your home. You can check out our collection of Design Direction images on Pinterest for some ideas.

    2. Compelling colour story

    Once you have decided on a Design Direction, it’s time to weave colour through your interior inspiration. Note: your favourite colour may not be the one you want to stare at every day, nor the one that suits your home the best. You may want to refer to colour psychology and choose colours which will influence your mood in certain ways – for example, blues are often helpful for productivity in a home office. And it’s also important to choose colours which complement each other – you can use an online colour wheel to select the right shades. 

    Many companies will provide paint swatches and materials for free. Not only does this come in handy when you actually need to purchase these items, but it gives dimension to your mood board. Read more on the things to consider before picking up a paintbrush straight from our Creative Director.

    3. It’s a vibe

    It goes without saying that your interiors mood board should feature pictures of, well, interiors – pieces of furniture and decor that you can clipped from magazines or printed from your favourite interior Instagram account. But also think outside of the box and collect images which evoke a certain mood or vibe you are aiming to create in your lifestyle. These may be artistic prints, fashion photography or even a personal pic of a happy memory. Whenever you feel stuck or lost in your styling, you can return to these images and find inspiration again. 

    Expert styling is just a click away

    At the end of the day, it all comes down to how you want to feel in your home. It’s fun to do it yourself, but if you want a professionally styled home which will look beautiful for many years to come, we are here to help. Just get in touch at or 02 9531 2233, or use the contact form and our team will be in touch to organise a free consultation! 

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