Creating a moodboard is a great way to get in tune with what really speaks to your personal style and is a great aid in determining how to decorate your home. When it comes to your bedroom it’s especially important for this space to represent your truest sense of self as it is the place that greets you in the morning, and the room that helps prepare you for rest at night. Create a mood board by pulling together photos, swatches of fabrics, pieces of text and maybe even small objects to help determine a concept for your room.
While being trend-conscious is fun, you should initially focus on determining what you really want out of a space, and a moodboard can help with that. Once you have that figured out, you can start deciding which trends you want to tie into the room.
A great way to get started is to think about what colors you like. We as people tend to have a very instinctual gravitation and emotional reaction to certain groupings of colors. When looking at colors for your bedroom try to determine which ones you find to be soothing and comforting to you. Select photos that you find calming for your mood board and you’ll likely find a pattern in terms of which families of colors you find soothing.
Benjamin Moore just announced Simply White as their 2016 color of the year. In Scandinavian countries, where winters are long and daylight hours are shorter, white plays an essential role in home decor as it helps brighten spaces that may otherwise become dark when natural light is limited. Though this may not be the case where you live, try to think of how color can aid in benefiting your day-to-day experience.
Accessories whether they are tools, or strictly decorative should evoke positive feelings. To help you with selecting accessories take a look at your moodboard – what shapes do you see repeatedly showing up– do they contain softer or harder lines? What materials and colors are repeatedly showing up? Woods, metals? Light colors, dark colors? This will help you determine what to look for when choosing accessories.
Consider incorporating items from your travels or old family heirlooms into the room – it’ll help bring you comfort and trigger fond memories. Avoid going overboard on the accessories as clutter can be overwhelming, especially in a space intended to be restful.
Mood lighting gets its name for a reason. Lighting plays a huge role in how we feel. Your room’s ambient lighting should provide overall illumination for the room. It should be strong enough that you feel inspired and can complete tasks like getting dressed, but not so bright that it’s jarring. Task lighting is key in a bedroom (think bedside table lamps) as it allows you to unwind and do something like read a book, without the lights going off all at once.