3 April 2016Written by ISCD Team

4 Tips When Creating a Mood Board

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At Open Day this weekend, we hosted a workshop to help explain how to make an amazing mood board for your space. To make sure no one misses out, we have our top 4 tips for creating a mood board on the blog today.

Finding your personal style and creating a mood board is all about considering the story that you want your space to tell about you, your family and your life.


What is a style?

A style is the name for a trend that has been recorded as living long enough or having been embraced by a significant number of people.

Therefore what begins as a trend, if successful and if universally acknowledged will become an established style.


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Scandinavian Style


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French Provincial Style


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Modern Country Style


What is a mood?

A mood is how you want the space to feel and this will lead into your colour palette and textures. Colour has the power to set a scene and to create a mood in any room. It can be a great starting point and can tie all of your elements together.


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Texture can also create various moods in a space. Comparing rough vs smooth textures, variation on textures and textures in the same colour all create completely different moods.

When creating your mood board be sure to consider the style and mood you want to create!


4 tips when creating your mood board

Remember that your board is a collage as much as it is a visual representation of all the things you need to consider when decorating your space. It is a reference for you to use to display the colour, style and mood you’re hoping to achieve.


Step 1

Find an image from a magazine that appeals to you. Cut it out and paste it into the middle of your mood board.



Step 2

Pick out the core colour in the image and stick it to the right of your image



Step 3

Pick out the other pieces of colour and texture in the image and cut squares of each colour or images that represent texture (timber, stone etc.).

Remember to keep these proportional to the amount of colour that is in the image.



Step 4

Pick out appealing accessories, furniture, fabrics, art etc. that will complement your colour scheme and arrange these in a grid pattern around your board.

Allow for plenty of white space between your images.


ISCD has a 40-year proven track record of producing leading Australian interior designers. We know design intimately, from colour theory, to furniture selection to the latest industry trends.

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