When you come across interior designer, you probably will hear about moodboard. But what is a moodboard? Do you really need it? How can it help in the interior designing process? And should you pay for it?
Moodboard, just like its name would suggest- is a board filled with mood J It’s a general idea and feeling of each room that interior designer is working on.
Why do you need a moodboard? When you meet your interior designer for the very fist time, there is a lot of ideas flying around. You probably have so many options and ideas for every room, you love every single piece of furniture and your style is very modern and classical with some additions of shabby chic and vintage elements. Sounds familiar? And we know, that after brain storming you might have your final idea in your mind, yes. But so does your interior designer! Next logical and safe step is for a professional to complete a board with all of the final ideas just visualised for you and him to discuss and agree or disagree. If you ever have a choice between having a moodboard or leaving this step- our advice is to always ask for one.
What your moodboard will include? Ideas, ideas, ideas. We do put pictures on them, but not always they are real products from the stores that you will go later on, so don’t stress if you don’t exactly love picked elements. Those are only ideas to help you visualise final effect. Sometimes moodboards will include few discussed options. What we also do, and love on our moodboards? We show you colour schemes and how colours work together. We might include even real fabrics for you to feel and see how they might work for you.
How can it help in the designing process? It will give you an idea how your spaces will look. Sometimes you see things differently than your interior designer. Very often clients will name the styles they love and confuse modern with classical for example. You, as a client, don’t even have to know any style or the name! It’s interior designer’s job to figure out what you really love, so don’t worry. But a simple moodboard will clear everything! After seeing something very different than you have said you can discuss your design even further to make sure your interior designer and you speak the same language and you both have the same idea.
But should you pay for a moodboard? Some places offer them for free just because they don’t require much work, ideas are just copied and pasted. If it works for you, that is what you should go for! But if you want to see your project taken care of individually and very carefully, then you can negotiate the price with your interior designer. Creating one moodboard equals few hours of work, sometimes even going to the shops to take fabrick samples hence you will pay. You need to remember that all of the interior designers should be ok with you negotiating the price of their services, so you can always ask for discounts! J And if the moodboards need to be changed just because you and your interior designer had different ideas- you shoulnd’t pay for any changes.
So now, when you know how to use a moodboard, you should feel confident when meeting your interior designer. If your first meeting will have only a huge brainstorm and made you feel unsure of your work together, just wait for moodboards! It will definitely show you whether your interior designer is the one to work with!
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