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.
The above picture 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.
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.
Another solution that has really taken off recently is to use software instead of “physical” story boards. Websites like The 3d Architect allow you to create your room in 3d detail in order to get a feel of what the finished room will look like.
This is great when you already have a storyboard you like and can simply input the colors you’ve chosen along with the basic interior design. Now you can see what the finished room will look like in a more realistic way without having to make a lot of costly mistakes.
Software like this used to cost a lot, so only pros were really using it. But today, some of the bigger companies let you use their software for free. Or a very low rate. This makes it another great tool for laying out your room’s interior without a lot of hassles and mistakes. Just one more tool to add to the tool box.
Use your storyboards as references for color, size and style to avoid costly mistakes when it comes time to make your purchases.