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How to Curate and Collect Your Interior Design Ideas

When considering a makeover for any room in the house, mood boards can be fantastic tools to help you visualise the overall scheme you want to achieve. Whether physical or digital, they can help you organise your ideas and build a design story.

A physical mood board is an interior designer's bread and butter. When producing ideas for clients, they usually display tactile swatches of fabrics and materials, layout sketches, images from their portfolio or suppliers, and paint colours. They can help the client- and themselves- to visualise the end result, change or add ideas, and are handy to refer back to throughout the project.

Digital mood boards are much more practical in everyday life, despite being less tactile. With platforms such as Pinterest and Canva available on every smartphone, you can take your mood board with you when purchasing paint or accessories, ensuring a perfect match. Pinterest is a comprehensive app that suggests Pins based on your search history and 'saved pins', offering you ideas- such as colour schemes- that you'd perhaps not previously considered.

When you begin to collect your ideas, it can help to create different boards for different aspects of the room. For example, you might create a board solely for kitchen splashbacks, cupboard handles or flooring. As you add to the board, you'll begin to see a common theme, a progression of ideas towards the final decision. As Pinterest suggests Pins based on your likes, you'll delve deeper into interior design, discovering innovative design elements and quirky accessories.

We never leave the house without our phones, meaning we have cameras ready to capture real-world inspiration as it strikes. It could be earthenware crockery in a department store, a seasonal window display, or a beautifully restored facade of a home similar to yours. Add these images to your digital mood board and see how they react with the existing ideas. Only include images you love, then add, change or remove those which don't enhance the scheme you're beginning to create.

Take photos of anything from the existing scheme which you want to include in the makeover. If you have an attachment to a sideboard, for example, building the design around the colour, material or handles can provide starting inspiration for the room. If the ideas just don't add up to what you initially visualised, Pinterest is the perfect place to discover ways to upcycle tired furniture.

Once your individual boards are ready, it's time to bring them together as a whole. Common themes and ideas will begin to stand out, such as colours for cabinetry, worksurface materials and pendant lighting, which altogether, will turn initial ideas into cohesive schemes.

If you're using an interior designer, add descriptions and annotations of what it is you like about each element, and which pieces are must-haves or interchangeable. This will help the designer to visualise your ideas clearly and ultimately bring the space to life.

At Thomas James Bespoke, we work closely with a number of highly talented interior designers who understand the impact that thoughtful design can have on everyday life. Contact us today to discover how we can help you bring your ideas into being:


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