Posted by Rebecca, November 4th, 2010
I know mood boards are the popular form of getting room ideas out there, but I’ve never made one and I’m not sure if they are totally me. I normally don’t find stuff then decide to put it in a room, but rather I think of things then go out and find them… or make them, if possible. I notoriously drew our condo living room with colored pencils while I was still in college, before we even owned a piece of furniture. David Bromstad would be so proud.
I looked into getting some sort of software that I could use to get my room’s actual dimensions, where I could try paint on certain walls, a piece of furniture over here, see how the wall color looks with this or that in front of it. But from the little research I did, they are rather expensive. My latest method of planning things out/making things visual so Mike stops looking at me like I’m looney? Paint. As in, Microsoft Paint.
It started with some frame arrangements for over our mantle… (note: these are not drawn perfectly as they were made in like 2 seconds..)
We decided to go with neither of these. Then I whipped up a similar type deal for one of the walls in the office…
The idea of green office walls has since gone out the window.
Then there was the idea for our Expedit bookcase…
This one is very rough but I wasn’t planning on sharing with everyone. It was again a way to show Mike what I was picturing in my head. The green cubes are storage bins, the gray ones are left open, the white are Ikea inserts, 2 cabinet doors and 4 drawers. But I’m not planning on keeping the white totally white. I just didn’t have time to sketch that in 🙂
So I figured I’d share, since I like using this method to see what options are most visually appealing. Plus it takes about 5 seconds to make these things… no new software or techniques to learn! Of course, Photoshop is an option as well, but everyone has Paint!
How does everyone else normally get ideas out of their heads? Mood boards? Sketches?