• How to create a mood board

    If you’re hoping to revitalise your home this winter and would like to do a bit of re-decorating and re-styling, then I recommend creating a mood board to ensure you get a coordinated look and stylish finish.

    Start initially with a base colour. What colour will the largest area of your room be? Think about the floor and the walls. Don’t forget your ceiling – it doesn’t have to be pure white.

    Add that colour to your mood board first and, also, if you’re going for a flooring like a carpet, which can add texture to your room, pop this on next.

    As a rule of thumb for a well-balanced scheme 70% of the room (such as the floor/walls) should be in one colour and 20% another colour, this could be your soft furnishing, with your accent colour making up the remaining 10%, which is usually accessories.

    Remember paint can look different once it is up on your wall, as it will vary with the time of day and the size and orientation of the room. So, paint the inside of a box with a tester pot to get yourself a 3D space that you can look at in different light to see how it works with your preferred scheme.

    “Next consider an accent colour – it can be dramatically contrasting to your base colour which will liven up a scheme, or a few tones away from it for a subtler look. Play with options on your mood board and use swatches to layer it up.

    “Now look at your accessories. Pick out your accent colour but don’t mix styles as this can make your scheme look disjointed. Play with prints and patterns with one shared colour, so they co-ordinate, but don’t look over matched. Pay attention to different textures to create more interest with light and shadow.”

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