Get in the mood with the family

Updated: Mar 24, 2020

As you all know the world is facing a very tough and saddening time right now, and there truly is a lot to think about whilst being at home more than usual…Here at BRIC Interiors we completely believe in the benefits of keeping a positive mind-set, even in the tougher times…but, we know this can be difficult.

To take your mind off things, we want you and your family to get your creative cap on and get inspired in your home! Whether your kids want to re-vitalise their bedroom or your looking at designing a new kitchen space, putting a mood board together can be a fun, exciting experience and ultimately, it’s a time for you and your family to interact and connect over something enjoyable over the next few weeks. Get your kids involved by looking through catalogues and magazines, colour swatches and samples! You may be surprised what you come up with, and it may be completely different to what your first imagined your new Livingroom or dining room to look like.

In every project at BRIC Interiors, a mood board is an essential and effective tool we use to get a better feel and vision for the project. By definition, a mood board is an arrangement of images, materials, pieces of text, etc. intended to evoke or project a particular style or concept.

It will give an idea of what the finished product will look like and allows everyone involved to agree on a direction before the work has fully started. Essential things to put into your mood board can furniture images, paint swatches, fabric samples and images of the space itself. If you are an artistic person, feel free to draw up some sketches of the space.

So…Let’s get this show on the road, shall we?

Clear the table! Get out the colouring pens, sticky notes, scissors, tape, laptop and paper. If you have any interior design magazines lying around Scottish home and garden, bring them to the table!

To get started we want to share some tips and tricks that we have been taught over the years to make the mood board as good as it can be. All it takes is some essential elements…

Start to brainstorm together as a family around the table- Think about what you want? How can you evolve your space? When someone asks about your dream bedroom, what do you think about?

Next step…Are you planning on digital or a physical mood-board? In our studio, we mix with both depending on the project. Is it a big project with many different spaces that may change a lot over time? Or is it a smaller main space that you’re ready to put your stamp on?

A physical board can be better to zoom into the details with physical fabric samples and colour charts to give a better feel for the ambience of the space. It also keeps it loose and creative as your literally getting your hands in! On the other hand, digital mood-boards are a fantastic way to send to a friend for their opinion, or if you don’t have access to a printer. If you do have access to a computer, we recommend getting onto Pinterest to discover some amazing, inspirational interior design projects. Search for carpets, lighting and pillow arrangements, this is a great way to start getting enthused.

If you are choosing to make a physical board, choose a base colour for your cardboard backdrop (if you don’t have access during this time to a board, go and find some old sheets of paper and stick them together!) This exercise is truly about opening up to creative ideas and not getting to stuck in with all the details.

If you are planning on using a lot of bright colours and whites in your mood-board why not use a dark baseboard or paper to allow the colours to really pop. If you are going for moody atmosphere with your space, you could go either way. A dark backdrop could help enhance the whole ambiance of your proposed design.

Let’s be honest, images are far more fun and interactive than a lot of text. We would recommend keeping it visual and leave text to a minimum. For any text you do have, make sure the font goes with the mood of the board and left justified.

Get playful by adding some colour swatches or physical items to emphasise any colour you want to have in your space. This can bring your mood-board to life. Colour is essential in any project, try different variations of colours in your mood-board to get a feel for what works and what doesn’t.

Don’t be afraid to show your creations, we would love to see what you have crafted! Don’t forget to tag us on Instagram!

The BRIC Team.

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