Mood boards - what are they and how do they help you?

Planning ahead is something I've really had to embrace since starting DTI three and a half years ago.  When I started, I didn't have a clue what to do!  I mean, I know how to put a space together but running a business?!  No idea.  Eventually I learned that planning my week ahead of time helped me get things done, and it kept me accountable.  Case in point this week - it's been up to +30C in Calgary this week and I've been dutifully stationed in my office, putting together blog posts, planning social media strategies and fleshing out the inner workings of the new edesign program because that's what I planned to do.

What does this have to do with you and with mood boards? 

Well, a mood board is essentially a plan for a space.  If you have one (and follow it), you'll be able to create a consistent look for your new space and hopefully, not waste money on things that won't work.

Think of a mood board like a business plan...

When I started DTI, I thought a business plan was something only big companies had.  I also thought they were static documents that you pretty much only needed if you were going to the bank for money.  A very knowledgeable friend wisely counselled me otherwise - he said a business plan is a living document.  Your mood board is similar.  It's a working plan for your end game.

What goes on a mood board?

You can create a few different kinds of mood boards.  One could be an inspiration board.  Think of your Houzz or Pinterest boards.  Those are collections of ideas you like and you can create them digitally or in physical form.  A great thing to try is to print out 3-7 images of the spaces that really exemplify the look you're going for and tacking them to a physical board.

Another type of mood board is an actual plan for your space.  Maybe you have one key inspiration image but the rest are the paint colours, material swatches and images of items you actually want in your space.  The great thing about this kind of board is that you basically plan your whole space ahead of time before spending a dime!

A few examples...

If these mood boards seem a bit overwhelming, don't be alarmed.  Think of creating a mood board like eating an elephant - one bite at a time.  While these are likely created digitally (and by professionals), you can easily create something similar for yourself using a piece of poster paper and some tape.  If you want something a bit more sturdy so you can carry it around on your travels, use foam core (available at dollar stores, craft stores and Walmart).

What these boards have in common is a fully fleshed out plan for a space.  You can layer as much detail as you want - this board is totally up to you!

Edesign, Mood boards & DTI...

While I typically do not create mood boards for my Calgary interior design clients, I will be creating boards for my new edesign clients.  Because edesign is a more hands-on process for my clients, having a ready-made plan is a great way to allow them to add a piece here and there and know whether or not it will work.  Plus, it's a clear visual they can use to show their spouse or contractor so everyone is on board with the final vision.

Let's start working together!

If you live in Calgary, Alberta and surrounding area, and you'd like our personal services to help create a home you love, please contact us directly today!  If you live a few hours (or more!) away, check out our new edesign packages designed to help homeowners across the prairies and of all budgets have experienced help creating a fabulous home!

Until then, just remember:

The only trend you need to follow is your own, because who you are never goes out of style.
- Dutch Touch Interiors
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