How to create a moodboard

Make sure that your choice of furniture, paints and fabrics work well together

Follow our tips on how to create a 3D moodboard.

1. Gather your materials

Gather together all your decorating ideas, any inspiring images, fabric swatches and wallpaper samples and create a storyboard on an A3-size piece of plain card or in a large, plain notebook.

2. Choose your base colour

Whether it’s flooring or a wall colour, this represents the largest area of colour in your room, so it’s important to add a large sample of it to your moodboard. Adding carpet samples helps you think about texture, too.

3. Add an accent

This is an important decision. Do you go for a dramatic contrast, or an accent just a few tones away from your base colour?
Use your moodboard to play around with options and layer up the board with swatches and scraps.

4. Create mood with accessories

These will really set the tone for your decorating scheme – go for accessories which share a vibrant accent colour (say, blue, as here) and stick to a single theme; maybe vintage, or country or eastern. Don’t get carried away and mix up different styles, or your scheme will end up looking messy rather than eclectic.

Paint and wallpaper

Group paint colours with wallpaper and flooring samples.

Fabric and furniture

Pin fabric swatches nearby and paste on photos of any new furniture.

Curtains and accessories

Include curtain fabric and pictures of new accessories cut from catalogues.

Adding the final stages to your moodboard

See more ideas for your decorating projects with our decorating gallery

Look at the moodboard with fresh eyes a few days later to be sure that you’ll be creating the look you want. If you’re happy, move a stage further and paint tester pots onto the walls.

Then move around the room and look at colours in different lights as paint colours appear to change in daylight and artificial light. If you’re happy with your choices at this point, then you’re ready to put your ideas into place…

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