I have always had a love for residential real estate and at one time I was a licensed realtor. One of the things that I learned is often times buyers find it very difficult to envision a home’s potential when looking at an empty room. This is why vacant homes are generally much more difficult to sale. It’s very difficult to fall in love with a home at first sight when your first impression of it, looks very cold and uninviting. This may even be true for a renter who has found an apartment with the perfect location but can’t imagine how they should furnish it to make it look like more than a temporary home.
They say that home is where the heart is, as it should be, and it’s one of the reasons why I try to encourage readers to be inspired to live in a home they love. One of the ways to bring that inspiration to life is to create a folder or file of images of rooms such as the one above or home furnishings that really speak to your design preferences. In fact one of the most popular ways to do this online is through Pinterest. Another way is to create a mood board, also commonly referred to as a vision board. This can be done either with an actual physical board or electronically by creating a document. So let’s take a look at how to envision the potential of a home that leaves much to be desired at first glance.
The living room below is a good size and has some nice features but it doesn’t exactly say welcome home.
Paint is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to add warmth and personality to a space or to change the mood of a room. As you can see from the before picture above and the after picture below just a change in wall color reveals an incredible transformation. For further information about using color to convey a particular feeling you might want to check out this previous post.
So here are some items that one may typically see in one of the many shelter magazines or home furnishing catalogs that might speak to your design aesthetic or preferences that might find their way in your home décor wish list file.
And here is what the mood board of these items would look like for instance for the living room of your dreams:
When the individual furnishings are brought together on one board it’s not hard to imagine entertaining family and friends in this space. This is also a good way to manage your budget by pulling together a look at various price points from low cost accessories to investment pieces that will stand the test of time. This is also a smart way to test out several color schemes before committing to a final decision. Imagine the above room painted in a buttery yellow instead of gray or swapping out the drapery fabric with a solid color. This is where your imagination can run wild without enduring expensive mistakes. This makes creating a mood board a worthwhile use of time for any home design project. And whether you’re a DIYer or working in collaboration with a designer or design consultant for product sourcing it’s also a way of creating a home that you absolutely love.
If mood boards or vision boards are a tool that you use for your home design projects and you would like to share a link to one or more of your projects please feel free to share the details in the comments below.