In my quest to design my new home (and life) to rival those images I see in magazines, I’ve been spending a lot of time looking through other design blogs and trying to learn from the pros. I recently read a post by Sophie Robinson about the process she goes through when designing a room/house/football stadium. I found it helpful how she started by building a colour palette and moving on from there so I’ve tried to emulate her approach below (almost to a Tee).
I’ve been thinking a lot about our living rooms and so starting with the easiest one first. The room with the blue velvet sofa (that’s sat in storage while we wait for the lazy builder to show up again).
I spent a lot of time scrolling and scouring the internet (aka on Pinterest) to find these images. Let me tell you, there are a lot of “blue and grey” living rooms out there so it took time for me to really get the feel I wanted. Deep, rich hues and lots of texture. Natural light to make sure those dark colours don’t overwhelm. Colours that pop against that background and styles that wouldn’t date immediately. Finally, I’m conscious that interiors trends come and go, so I want the key elements to be timeless.
I used the second mood board to tease out more particulars including the lighting scheme and potential products. I will say that I’ve bought a few items already (remember that blue velvet sofa?) but this exercise made me think a lot about lighting. My search originally focused on mid-century “sputnik-style” light fixtures, but I realised that not only do I have a low ceiling, I didn’t want my room to be too heavily styled around a mid-century theme. Once done I looked at everything together, and now I’m not as confident in the fabrics I’ve chosen. I want to incorporate colour, not just grey and blue because how boring, right? But I’m still not a master of mixing and clashing though, so somewhat trepidatious. Interior design is so personal, but even so, I’m worried I’m going to “screw it up”.
Not to be dissuaded, I forged on ahead and pulled together a third and final mood board that incorporates all the elements I’ve identified. The only thing I’m still not sure about is those reds, but I know they look great with the orange fabric so I’m willing to take a punt.
I will say that this exercise has been incredibly helpful in forcing me to identify fabrics and colours and all sorts. It’s also made me incredibly excited to get started putting the room together. It will be a while yet, but that’s a different story for another blog post…