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Interior Design Tools - Storyboard / Mood Board

Coming up with an interior design plan is almost as much fun as seeing your dream project come to fruition. One tool commonly used by interior designers to show clients how a room design will come together is a storyboard / mood board. This design tool is not reserved for use by professional interior designers alone, you can step into the designer’s shoes and create your own design storyboard.

Where To Get Interior Design Inspiration

Home Decor Magazines / Catalogs - clip out pictures of rooms, furniture or accessories that you admire
Online - download and print images or bookmark pages
In stores and showrooms - take your camera with you to snap pictures of any items that catch your eye
Right here at SuzyRenovator - view our growing collection of inspirational storyboards

Components of a Storyboard

  • Inspiration - attach inspirational pictures of rooms that illustrate the decorating style or interior design you would like to achieve in your room
  • Furniture & Decorative Accessories - include pictures or photographs of furniture and home decor accessories that you want to incorporate in your room’s new design - these could be pictures of items you already have or pictures of new items you’d like to purchase such as a sofa, chair, occasional table, lamp, wall art, etc.
  • Drawings - a scale drawing of your room’s floorplan will be a valuable component of your design storyboard - drawings should include the room measurements and the locations of electrical switches, electrical outlets, windows, doors, and light fixtures, as well as any heating/cooling vents - it’s a good idea to also include potential furniture layouts within the room - when shopping for furniture this drawing will help you to determine if certain items will fit within your space
  • Fabric - attach fabric swatches for all fabrics you are considering using in your space - this will include fabric for throw pillows, drapery fabric for window coverings, upholstery fabric for any existing items that require re-upholstery or upholstery fabric samples for anticipated new furniture purchases
  • Wall Color - paint samples or wall paper samples
  • Flooring - include samples or pictures of all flooring materials such as hardwood flooring, cork flooring,tile flooring, carpet, and area rugs
  • Notes - keep notes about sources, prices, any special considerations and measurements in a small envelope attached to your storyboard

Use the guideline shown above to make a storyboard for each room in your home that you plan to remodel / renovate.

Here is an example of a storyboard for a teen bedroom. This storyboard / mood board includes pictures of furniture, accessories, and an area rug, as well as fabric swatches.

Storyboard - Teen Bedroom

A storyboard does not have to be built specifically on a ‘board’. You can keep your interior design ideas in a file folder or an envelope. This will make it easier for you to carry them with you on shopping trips or fact-finding expeditions. Essentially, your storyboard is a tool for keeping your collection of interior design ideas for each room together in one easy to access location.

Use your storyboards as references for color, size and style to avoid costly mistakes when it comes time to make your purchases.


1 Bathroom Remodeling - Money Saving Tips — SuzyRenovator { 04.15.08 at 2:29 pm }

[...] together an inspiration board for a little perspective on the direction in which you’d like to go with your bathroom [...]

2 GENET KEBEDE { 10.21.08 at 3:17 pm }

can you send me some ideas of stortboard for home decor 2009

3 Nabeela Niazi { 04.13.09 at 2:33 pm }

i need to design a college foyer can u suggest a mood board suitable for the area?

4 ned { 10.02.09 at 11:15 am }

tnx nad good luck ! helpul

5 ned { 10.02.09 at 11:16 am }

can u send me some story board for dinning are tnx and more power

6 Tessa van Niekerk { 03.01.10 at 1:58 pm }

I have been collecting pictures and brochures and carpet samples and paint chips since my teens. I have finally purchased my own small apartment and can put the storyboards to use. It is amazing to see how little my basic taste has changed over the years, although fashions definitely came and went. This is a very good idea that I would recommend to anyone who has an interest in decorating their personal space to their own taste.

Ps. Even if you plan to use a professional for decorating, the storyboard that you collected will help them to design something you’d actually be COMFORTABLE in!

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