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Get in the mood

A mood board brings together design choices. Suddenly, without staging furniture in an actual space, you can visualize items and colors side by side. You can make an inspiration board for each room and customize and connect your spaces with color and style elements.

I had the pleasure of putting together these moodboards for a client. It blends some of my favorite elements: mid-century inspired and modern design. My client wanted bright colors and to modernize and compliment her home's midcentury vibe.

In the example below, I experimented with:

  • Color

  • Texture

  • Shapes

  • Finishes

  • Material

  • Size

This is what I put together:

Mood board / inspiration board with mid-century modern inspired  living room furniture and and furnishings.

You can transform the inspiration board by changing one or more elements. I you love the furniture but not the color pallet, many of the items above come in alternate colors.

3 ways you can make a design like this one your own:

  • Change colors: swap out neutrals for the bold organges and blues

  • Change materials: e.g. select a fabric instead of a leather couch

  • Experiment with shapes: try a rectangular coffee table or one with a marble tabletop

When I sent my client the mood boards, I did just that. I included a shoppable version with a number of alternate complimentary pieces at various price points. (Yes I know shoppable isn't a real word, but it useful anyway). She love the sculptural coffee table, but had little kids so a glass top wasn't a great option. Simple solution: swap it out for something with a similar vibe but different material.

You can tie rooms together to create a cohesive flow from room to room

The splashes of orange from the lamp and coffee table tray carry through to the nightstand. If you love the nightstand and, but orange isn't your thing, you can transform the look by switching to the olive or ivory version instead.

Tip: cary design elements though a space but don't make them overtly matchy-matchy.

Before you order any furniture, conceptualize the layout in the space. Below I sketched layout concepts for the furnishings in the photos. These are not to scale, so more accurate drawings would be helpful to gauge furniture sizes.

It's hard to visualize what a space will feel like from 2D drawings, so use some blue tape on your floors to get a better idea about how a piece of furniture will feel in you space. The blue-tape coach is usually sufficient to determine if it will be way to big or way to small.

I made these with screenshots Canva, but you can craft your own the old fashioned way with magazine clippings. If you'd like shoppable pdf of these mood-boards above, contact me via email and just put "shoppable mood-board" in the message section and I'll send you a copy.


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