Interior Design, Mood Board, Room Edit
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How to: The Mood Board

Since my last post, a lot of you have asked what program or site I use to create my room edits and interiors mood boards. So I thought it would be useful to some of you out there if I spilled the beans.

Making Spaces 70's Front Room Mood Board

Anchorman does Danish Design

I don’t use anything fancy. I’ve never dabbled with photoshop and haven’t downloaded anything onto my laptop. I have a Macbook Pro and a penchant for Google image. Oh and one more thing….

Mood board for the Office Refit


Pages is a word processing application, similar to Word for Windows I guess. It came pre-loaded onto my Mac as a freebie, so I would never have thought a simple word processing app would have helped me to create mood boards. But it seems Pages has everything(ish) I need in order to give it a bloody good go.

Dark and Moody Gentlemen’s Study

Here’s how:

Open Pages.

And open a new blank, landscape document.

This is now your canvas on which to begin creating your new room edit.

What next?

It’s always good at this point to add the things that are not going to change in the room. The things that are staying. Perhaps the flooring, or a particular piece of furniture? This is where you have to be patient and find the right image of what you’re looking for online. Once you’ve found it, simply drag the image onto the Pages document.

You’re going to want to find a good quality image for flooring and wall colours as they will provide the back drop to the rest of the board. So use the TOOLS function, top right of the image search and select LARGE.

Then it’s a matter of scrolling through to find an image that best resembles what you have. And in the right orientation.

Once you’ve found something that will work, click VIEW IMAGE to the right of the image. This will bring that image up full size in a new window. The it’s time to drag and drop that image onto your Pages document.

Ok, so you’ve started.

What next?

Now it’s time to fiddle around with that image in Pages. Double click the image and it will bring up some options. Re-sizing or cropping. With this pic we will need both as we just need the floorboards for today’s room. Not the fireplace or the built in cupboard.

To re-size, drag the corner boxes outwards and inwards as you need to.

And to cut a section out, double click and highlight the area you want to lose. Once you’ve done that, you’ll end up with something like this:

Ok, so at this point, let’s say you have a sofa from, oh I don’t know…. Marks and Spencers? Let’s say this one:

That’s pretty bonkers isn’t it? And something you might find tricky to plan the rest of your room around. So let’s use the Hendrix sofa for our demo.

Ok, so now we drag that image from the screen onto your Pages document again.

Now to get rid of that white stuff around the sofa so we can see the floorboards again.

Click IMAGE to the right of the board and go to INSTANT ALPHA.

Use the INSTANT ALPHA tool to remove the white background by clicking and highlighting everything you want to remove on the image. In this case, the white backdrop. It can take some time and patience to do this, but once done you’ll be left with a sharp crisp image of just the sofa.

Now you’ve got the sofa all cleaned up, you can resize it and move it anywhere you like.

Now time for the walls. What do you think? Paint or wallpaper? Let’s choose a neutral, a colour i’m planning on using on a new project actually. Little Greene’s French Grey Pale.

I could just use the digital image of this colour for the walls, but I always find they’re not accurate and make room edits look really flat and lifeless. I always try and find an image of real life walls painted in the colour i’m wanting to use. Not only does it shows the colour more accurately but how the light alters its appearance.

**repeats google image search, finds image of room with French Grey Pale walls and drags image onto Pages doc**

Next we need to re-size and crop some bits out. Then it’s time to pop that image in the background by right clicking the image (or two finger click for the Mac users out there).

Once it’s at the back you can see which bits need a little snip. I’ve got rid of the door  here.

So what about the rest of the wall?

If you copy and paste the wall and send it to the back again, you can layer it up to create the rest of the backdrop. Like this:

You can see a faint line where’s it’s overlapped and the socket is repeated too. But it gives us a good backdrop to work from no?

From here, it’s about adding in bits and pieces you like the look of. Maybe you’ve already got a Pinterest board of stuff you like? But you’ve been concerned the pieces you’ve picked won’t work with the rest of your room? Add it and see how it looks and feels.

Mood board for Edwardian Bedroom Redesign

Mood board for the Upper Brook Street Project

Creating a mood board is a great way to try something you wouldn’t normally and it’s really helped me to gently guide (push) clients in the right direction. People tend to stick to what they know. It’s easy and comfortable. When they can’t visualise how something will look, the fear kicks in. If I can provide them with a mood board that supports and really showcases a design idea, then at least it enables the client to make an informed decision on what they’re saying yes or no to. Pretty important.

So top tips:

  • Google is your friend. Use it. Google Image and Google Shopping are your go-to product and image finders
  • Select something you like, drag it onto the board
  • Instant Alpha (get rid of the background you don’t want)
  • Resize and Crop if needed
  • Keep layering everything up in the right order
  • Add final details such as plants, books and accessories to make it feel more realistic. Like an online collage

Creating mood boards takes practice, but the more you do it, the quicker and easier you’ll find it. It’s all about experimenting and not being afraid to try something new. Nothing to lose, apart from a few hours…. yes, a mood board can take hours to complete, depending on how difficult the brief is. For this demo, I gave myself an easy brief with an unlimited budget, so I could crack on and get it up on the blog for you guys.

So…. where were we?




What do you think? Do you think it works? I really like this classic backdrop with the large statement pieces sharing the space.

Ooh, I forgot to add in my screenshots above the ARRANGE function. If you need a piece of furniture, anything really to face the opposite direction.

Simply click on that item, click ARRANGE on the top bar and you can flip individual images horizontally or vertically. A pretty useful tool to get your room looking just right.

All of the items in this room edit have been found using Google Image or Google Shopping search. It’s not a secret interior design shopping site or anything, so each and every image is there, ready and waiting for you.

Here’s a quick list of where some of the pieces are from;

  • Ceiling Light – Dwell
  • Black Cabinet – Maisons Du Monde
  • Artwork – Kylli Sparre
  • Rug – All the hues
  • Floor Lamp – The Lollipop Shop
  • Side table – Swanky Interiors
  • Large Coffee Table – Furnish
  • Shell Chair – Hans Wegner

And here’s a bit of fun. The same room with the neutral walls taken out and replaced with a black and white, oversized vertical stripe wallpaper, inspired by the sofa.

Now this would be all kinds of awesome/crazy! Anyone brave enough?

So then, has this been of help? I really hope so as it’s taken my flipping ages to get this written up. Let me know if a mood board would give you the confidence to move forward with a design. And maybe go for that rug you’ve been eyeing up on Pinterest for the last two years, but have been too scared to go for it…?

Looking forward to reading your comments on this one peeps.

Ever wondered how to create your own room edit or interiors mood board?





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