DESIGN | PROCESS | RESOURCES
I've been worried about creating content knowing how insensitive it may come across to build my portfolio and create loads of design content while we're dealing with these dire global circumstances. Although this free time has much to do with the quarantine, it's the time to be alone, and build ourselves up in whatever way works for us. Over the course of the next few weeks (and months) I'll be uploading more blogs and more content for those who may need a little inspiration.
If you haven't read my other posts, head on over to read about the Grand Street project in the "The Main Theme" blog and "The Powder Room" blog. More about that project will be posted once the renovation is complete and decor and accessories have been ordered.
The Overall Concept
In any interior, whether it's just a couch switch, a re-paint or a full gut and structural removal, you always want to start out looking at the bigger picture. As a Designer, I like to stay away from taking a Pinterest image of a full space someone else designed and trying to copy it (Although, often, when I ask clients to find "interior inspo" the first thing they do is find a photo and tell me to replicate it.) You want to collect ideas from different sources, and combine them in your own way. This guarantees that you are not just taking someone else's concept and calling it your own.
Unless there's a specific piece of furniture or fixture you want for your space from an image you pinned last year, try to look at sourcing your own furniture and pinning a mood board of specific items and elements you think may look nice. Not photos of full interiors. Any photos of complete interiors you use should be used to get the overall feel in a separate mood board, they should not be there to give you an image to copy and paste into your own space.
The Moodboard Do's
For example, this moodboard includes sourced objects and elements: a specific sofa, coffee table, rug, and fireplace. The moodboard doesn't include another designer's whole concept, but it takes elements you may perhaps be specifically interested in. Maybe you want a glass railing with a black handrail border, or you want a warm feel with a venetian plaster fireplace with an exaggerated and elongated electrical fireplace installed. You can add and delete items as you change your mind, but this guarantees all your ideas in one place without other elements you aren't as passionate about taking over the overall look of the board. This is what you want the board to look like
It's better to hone your ideas into elements rather than taking full images of other interiors.
The Moodboard Don'ts
When creating mood boards you want to avoid adding as many random inspiration images as possible that you "like". Pinning every image you like not only makes it hard for you to list what you like and dislike about that specific image, but it also distracts you from your own design because there may be elements in the full inspiration images which you don't want to be included in your own space.
You want to isolate the components you like, not mix and mash images of a fully renovated interior like the example below. Are you following so far? Try not to compile multiple images of the same kinds of spaces. instead, it should look like the one above. Why?
Here's the issue with mood boards like the second one I created.
1. There are multiple fireplace styles and designs. This doesn't help you. What do you like about this fireplace? Do you like the detailing in the niche in image 1? Do you like the mantel in image 2? Do you want a fireplace with shelves on either side? If you said no to any of those questions. delete the image from your board.
2. So you prefer a modern wood and matte black kitchen from what I can see in images 3 and 4. Let's break this one down. Think about these questions: Do you like the upper cabinets to be the same as the rest of the cabinets like in image 4 or a totally different finish like in image 3? Do you like the paneling in the cabinet doors or do you want them to be flat and minimal? Do you like the long strip light pendant or the ring pendants? Do you like the paneling under the island or the flat full length panel with no detailing?
3. Okay, so you like the modern monochromatic fireplace look. The recess in the ceiling in image 5 changes the feel of the space. Do you want that in your living room? What about the marble fireplace. Do you also want that detail or do you want it to be stone? What about terazzo? What about the shelves in image 6. Do you want misaligned shelves, or do you want them to be wall to wall? What about the window panels in the wall?
If you are unsure about those answers, the process is simple--eliminate every image which has anything you do not like.
Unless you want the lighting fixtures, the detailing, the finishes, the furniture and the scale to be the exact same, it's best to move away from creating mood boards of just full rooms of interiors when it comes to choosing furniture and accessories for your space. You may not like everything in the space, but it's better to find isolated images of what you want, rather than bigger picture of elements you don't like.
This also assures that when your design comes to life, you are not replicating another designer's work completely by copying every detail of that interior.
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