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We’re very excited to have teamed up with internationally renowned trend expert and mood board guru Gudy Herder from Eclectic Trends to inaugurate our new MOOD BOARDS category on at{mine}!

Over a series of monthly posts, Gudy will share different mood boards topics on at{mine} with tips & tricks explaining how to create them and the different techniques you can use to gain clarity in your creative process.

To kick it off, Gudy is hosting our #StyleAtMine challenge for March and inviting you to join in to share your own mood board. As a special treat, the winning mood board contribution receives a personal written tips & tricks assessment by Gudy as well as free access to her groundbreaking “How To Create A Well Structured Mood Board” e-course. See the end of this post for all the details on how to join!

Based on popular demand, Gudy’s first post tackles the trending “moody bedroom”. Follow the process from creative chaos to final product. Over to you Gudy!

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The first question probably is: what colours to use and how to avoid a rather dark and uninviting atmosphere. After all, it’s the bedroom that should give us comfort, right?

This is my ‘system’ when I want to gain clarity:

1) Keyword Research – The Analysis I first note down my keywords thinking about what I want to express, the outcome I want to achieve, the general look&feel. After that, I translate those keywords into materials. My keywords here have been: Bedroom makeover, moody blue walls, warm wood, grey fabrics, pops of brass, cozy atmosphere, plants, elegance, tone-on-tone palette, uncluttered space.

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2) Gathering of Materials – The Quantity Process

The more, the better! It’s not about filtering yet. I call it a Creative Chaos. Books, images I have pinned and printed, accessories for metal colors, color chips, fabric swatches, wood samples. It’s still a quantity process and kind of creative chaos. I bring all elements together for the moment but without selecting too much. However, all these materials are already a direct translation of my keywords.

3) Filtering – The Quality Process

Now, let’s get hands on with our final selective process.  Mood boards when cluttered, often loose their communicative power.

These are a few techniques:

 A// Double images or materials

Do I need all the images I printed? Is the book of any use still? Out of the six fabric colors, how many do I really need? If there is anything I feel is double, it goes out.

B// Focus or weight

I am putting now all elements together starting from the center. Is there an image I want to focus on? A focus can be enhanced by a) the size of the image or b) a color chosen (imagine for a moment a pic with red shades on the board).

My focus was on the largest image I have added at the end though it’s very balanced in between all the other elements. It doesn’t show up in my first photograph but I thought I needed something that would stand out acolors. So I got an image from Hans Blomquist‘s book In Detail which I highly recommend if you search for some moody inspiration.

C// Overlapping

I have been overlapping fabrics and wallpaper, color swatches and wood samples to create depth and interest. Plants are talking about that vivid extra touch I absolutely want to have in a mood bedroom.

And there are a couple of other techniques but I really want to leave some room for the two upcoming posts on April, 01 and May, 02.

And this is the end result:

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Combing warmer elements with your darker wall color, helps clearly to make your bedroom look restful and comfy. I would go for a white ceiling, walnut flooring and pops of clearer colors on your frames, cushions, lighting. I feel grey bed linen would look gorgeous here as well brass elements such as a vase, planter, light shade or candle holders.


NOW: We have a lovely treat for you, if you got curious about mood board techniques. You can win an ecourse where Gudy explains much more during 20 clips. And she has an exclusive BONUS for you!

  • All you have to do is participate in the March #StyleAtMine Challenge by contributing your own mood board to the new at{mine} mood board category. There is no defined topic – you can pick any. We want you to have FUN!
  • The winning mood board contribution to the challenge will receive a free ecourse (without expiry date) AND (drum roll!) a personal written one-on-one tips&tricks assessment on the winning mood board given by Gudy. Since we can’t get together in an on-site workshop, Gudy likes to share a few tips with you, and we thought this extra bonus would be pretty special.
  • The winner of #StyleAtMine challenge will be announced on the 31st of March. The written tips&tricks report will be sent by Gudy one week later on April, 07 per email.

If you weren’t lucky this time, please stay tuned, we have more surprises for you to come on April, 1st and May 2nd.

But that’s not it:

Please get your free ebook on 13 Creative Mood Board Ideas as well. I have added to the very successful edition of 2015 three new categories, and you can expect to get inspired by more than 50 images. You just have to sign up HERE to receive your copy right now.