Using a moodboard to style your interiors

Welcome to part 3 of Bold Type Studio´s blog series on moodboards! If you have not yet read the first two articles, I recommend you have a look at them before reading this last post. In the first blog post we introduced the concept of a moodboard and had a look at its potential uses.

 My home´s moodboard

My home´s moodboard

In the second article, we instead looked at how to create a moodboard without the use of Illustrator. It´d be good to already have an idea of both what a moodboard is and how to make one, before diving into using a moodboard to style your interiors! 

Most of us buy furniture out of necessity and home decor out of a whim. The whim part is a tricky one, because we end up collecting objects in different styles and un-matchable colours. Which is fine if you´re after functionality only. But if you are reading this blog or if you are following me on Instagram, I am pretty sure you do care about style, too. 

I personally love home decor and I love having a vibe rather than a messy assembly of things. My simple solution was to create a moodboard of my ideal home vibe and use it as a guide. 

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A moodboard (like the one I made for my home that you can see here) would help you pick your decor in the right style and in the right colors. Also, I think that while it is nice to get inspired by beautifully styled photos of interiors in magazines and Instagram, we have to consider our own taste, too. In the long run, you can get tired of a home that does not feel entirely yours, so personalising it is of utmost importance. A personal moodboard serves this aspect, too.

Just to reassure you, you do not need to throw away your furniture now and buy new one to make it fit your moodboard. You can still move things around your home and use the moodboard to guide your future purchases and then replace everything little by little (which is what we are doing!).

Now I am going to share an example from my own moodboard and my own flat. I am not an interior decorator and surely there are many things one could professionally do better, but here is a way to do it for us non-interior pro. 

 Grey tones in the dining area

Grey tones in the dining area

Your home moodboard  will be composed of the vibe you want to create (given by the photos you add) and the colours you want to use (given by the palette). These two should be coherent and work well together, so as to create a cohesive effect. The feel I wanted to create in my mooboard is one giving a sense of relaxation and peace. It should be minimalist but warm, so I opted for mostly beige and nude tones rather than - say - a graphic black and white. I love all greys, too, but not for the living room - so my shades of greys are mostly kept in the dining area.  

You may be wondering why I put two different colour palettes in my moodboard. The one on the upper right is for the main furniture pieces. I love my sofa, big carpets, furniture to be in soft colors. My second palette is instead to guide my accessories´ and small home decor choice. So, the accessories can be black, dark grey and blue-grey. Green is left for greenery and leafy plants (I do not use flowers indoors much).

 Apothecary vase by Lagerhaus and soap dispenser by  Kuishi

Apothecary vase by Lagerhaus and soap dispenser by Kuishi

We are slowly replacing our old furniture, but while waiting for the revamping to be complete, small decor items can keep it together and help create the feel. 

As I mentioned above, I fancy a bit of vintage feel. I added photos to my moodboard of a vintage lamp and of some vintage decor.

Our Ikea Hektar floor lamp (near the sofa) does add a bit of that vibe, and so do the small decor items around - such as the small apothecary vase from the Swedish Lagerhaus and the soap dispenser from the British Kuishi, which I really love. Kuishi was a great discovery for me, as their glass dispensers combine the beauty of vintage with a modern look and have frosted or matte effects that I really love. Plus, you can find any possible colour and even have it customized, which is great when you need an item to really fit into your colour palette. 

 Eucalyptus bouquet

Eucalyptus bouquet

I added some greenery ideas on my moodboard. I mainly use small branches of green leaves plants, such as rosemary, lavender or eucalyptus. I also would fancy some dried wheat, as it resonates with the calmness of the vibe I am trying to achieve and it has a color that would fit well in our living room (I added a photo on the moodboard, too).

As we moved recently, we have not yet sorted out wall decor. I like to pick wall art that has a meaning to me, so I generally do not buy art that is trendy - even if it matches my colour palette. Personalisation is my keyword! Considering my moodboard, I will likely pick some art prints I made that have the closest feel (like the Line Art Flower you see below).

As we move forward into re-decorating our home, I will keep referring to the moodboard. The bedroom, especially, could benefit from a calmer and cozier look. I am thinking of adding - for instance - linen bed covers and a vintage styled lamp.  

 Line art flower by  Bold Type Studio

Line art flower by Bold Type Studio

I hope the examples from my home gave you an idea of how a moodboard can be used to guide your home decorating efforts.

I understand that creating a moodboard may seem like a heavy and time-consuming task to some of you. If that is how you feel, you can make use of my Moodboard Creation service. We can design the right vibe for your home and you can keep it as a reference for your home decorating over time. 

How would your moodboard for your home look like? Please share it with me! Tag me on Instagram with @boldtype_studio or just comment under the post. I would love to know!

* Disclaimer: Kuishi´s soap dispenser is a sponsored product. However, I truly love it and was honestly looking forward to sharong it with you!