• Owl Design


Updated: Apr 11, 2020

Spending much more time looking around your house recently and thinking it could do with a change? Don’t know where to start? We are here to help! You might not be able to do any actual purchasing or decorating at the moment, but all good interiors start with a mood board, so this is the perfect time to get your creative hat on and plan ahead.

1. Choose Your Area. Focus on one area of your home at a time. Whether it is a whole room or just a corner of a room, pick your area and dedicate this mood board to it.

2. Start a Pinterest board for your chosen room/area. If you haven’t used Pinterest before it is a free online platform that is basically like a virtual cork board. Every time you see something you like the look of online you can save it to its own 'board' naming them to suit your interests or project, such as ‘Living Room’ board or ‘Favourite Recipes’ board. Once you’ve used it will wonder how you ever lived without it! You can find a simple tutorial here.

3. Next up is to write your own brief. It can just be a few words or expand to a few sentences if you like. Work out what do you want to do in this space, how do you want it to make you feel, how do you want to use it and who will use it most?

4. Start searching! This is the fun bit. Start scrolling through blogs, Instagram and Pinterest for ideas and get pinning. Some of our favourite blogs, Instagram pages and online magazines to get you going are Yellowtrace, The Design Files, Living Etc, Est Living and Cabana Magazine. And of course, don't forget our Instagram page!

5. Now is the time to start adding to your mood board. Keep your brief handy, it is always good to reference back to. You may love the look of a velvet chaise longue you’ve pinned but if the brief was a practical, comfy sofa that all the family can fit on it may not be right – for this project. To help you get going we have set some dotted outlines for you to fill in with your images.

Tip: remember it might not be the whole image you like the look of, just an element. That’s fine, it is the start of creating your own personal look and style.

6. Choose your products. Once you have all your images it is time to start finding your products. It is a good idea to list what items you are looking for beforehand so you don’t get distracted. We have left space at the right for you to do this. It is also useful to put your wall colours on the mood board so you can see what your chosen items will look up against it.

7. Keep track of your budget. As you go along add your chosen products to a budget sheet. You can use Excel, Google Docs or Numbers. It helps keep track of what you have found for when you are ready to order and also keep track of the total cost. You can easily see if you've gone way over budget or not. Below is a link to a template, here is an example of how to fill it out:

8. The finished board. You can use every inch of the board or keep it quite sparse, whatever suits your taste, budget and the time you have to dedicate to this task. But whatever your style the board should give an overall impression of what the room or area will look like once finished, a little something like this:

9. Download your templates. We have put together a mood board template in Powerpoint and a budget sheet template in Excel for you to personalise and get going on your own projects. You can download them here. Be sure to tag us or email us your finished mood boards, we would love to see them!

Still stuck and would like some more help? We offer a remote, budget friendly design service called Flying Start, get in touch with us for more details or to discuss your project. Usually priced at £780 per room but for the month of April we are offering a 20% discount.

Simone & Sophie x


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