I really, really love the process of design. Starting with something that is broken or outdated or empty and transforming it following a trusted process and using timeless design principles is incredibly satisfying for me.
I’ve mentioned in my design goals for the year that I would be tackling my basement, and changing it from cold and unwelcoming to a place my family really can use (and wants to use). I want to spend my money wisely and make good solutions so I’ve been trying to follow the process of design, rather than jumping in and making quick decisions. So far I’ve created a floor plan, drawn some preliminary sketches, and started a Pinterest board to keep track of all my ideas.
The next step was to whittle down my ideas into a mood board for the space. A mood board isn’t so much a literal representation of actual things I am using in the room, but more a feeling I want to create in the room and some ideas I want to incorporate. Just like you use a floor plan to make sure the furniture you buy will fit into the room, you use the mood board to make sure that the colors, patterns and textures you find will go together and stay true to your vision for the room.
Here’s the mood board I created for my basement.
You can see that it’s not very big or complicated, but gives an overall feeling. Pinterest is a great way to start gathering ideas, but take some time to edit your board down to what you really want for you room. If you don’t have Photoshop, you can always gather photos into MS Word or Powerpoint. Give it a try next time you are re-doing a room!