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How to: moodboard a colour trend

How to translate a color trend into a mood board- Eclectic Trends

We’re excited to share with you the third in a series of tutorials prepared for us by trend guru Gudy Herder from Eclectic Trends. This time Gudy will be sharing with us her latest colour spotting from the Salone and showing us how to translate it into a moodboard. If you’ve missed the last two posts, you can find them here ‘How to create a colour mood board’ and  ‘How to mood board a moody bedroom’.

Over to you Gudy!

Today I am featuring the final mood board taking part of the three month challenge we have been offering at the at{mine} community, where I share tips&tricks when it comes to structuring and storytelling on your board. We have created a a rather new mood board category, too. This time it’s all about

How to translate a colour trend into a mood board?

I am just about to finish up my Salone del Mobile 2016 Report (this year I made a comprehensive, in-depth book out of it with more than 100 pages) browsing through hundreds of images. Colour is always an important chapter, moreover with quite some changes going on in the color world.

It’s not about single colours anymore, but

  1. brands works with colour combinations of 2-3 colors (see the mood board featured today)
  2. brands use tone-on-tone palettes within one hue

I have to say colour spotting is one of my favourite tasks on trade and design shows. As soon as I step on the fairground and start seeing a shade I believe is interesting/new, I start immediately taking pictures. Whenever I have observed this colour three times, I assume, it’s going to be ‘something’. That’s an editorial rule, by the way.

Three times popping up the same style is considered a possible trend.


The starting point was the terracotta-curry check sofa by Moroso being the very first design I saw. I always start with Moroso when visiting the fairground. It’s not easy to say who are trend curators today in the Interior Design world, but this Italian brand is definitely one of them.


The colours found on this image and confirmed later on, were translated then into a colour fan. The range goes from peach and blush to rust, terra-cotta, and now curry and sunflower.

My may Mood Board-Color palette-Sanone16


The next step is getting different materials together that express this palette and see how to apply these in paint, fabrics and other surface treatments.

color board

Materials via JAB | Akzo Nobel | Farrow&Ball | Auténtico Chalkpaint | NCS | Yutes



The former collage is more likely considered as a color or sample board. Since we have not included images so far, we would not call it a ‘proper’ mood board.

How to translate a color trend into a mood board- Eclectic Trends

Images clockwise: &tradition | Moroso | Twils | Bla Station | Dedon | Kettal | Moroso

Integrating now all the images I took on the Salone del Mobile 2016, I can finally explain a story and show how the color trend has been used by several brands.



Make-up colors range from pale pink, to blush and peach. It’s a quite feminine but not a girly statement anymore. The palette looks more grown up. Terra-cotta and rust resembling iron oxide can look sophisticated if combined with black and gold. Another option is to stick to a more natural palette getting a more rustic look&feel.

At this year’s edition, adding a pop of yellow adds a fresh look and makes sense since the oxide hue is made of yellow, orange and brown. (I believe, orange will celebrate a larger come-back, too.) I hope you have enjoyed this challenge during the past month. If you have further questions on moodboarding, just drop me a line.

Warmest, Gudy

1 Comment

  1. This is a great post – I haven’t seen something like this before but it’s so useful. One of those ‘didn’t realise I needed it until I got it’! Thanks Gudy 🙂


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