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OK, so you’re riding that now-familiar, exciting wave of building a custom home and are starting to worry you’ve bitten off way more than you can chew. All those brilliant ideas that were floating around your head are clashing with the limitless range of options, brands and features now being presented to you.

So, what now? How do you unclutter and calm in your mind, while allowing your needs and creative flair to be fulfilled cohesively?

You do what the professionals in Perth do – and channel your focus by starting a mood board!


A mood board showcases your style


A mood board is a highly personal visual aid consisting of a collection of photos, clippings, samples and textiles that represent your taste and style – and follow a style or theme.

It allows you to choose a colour palette and work out what accents you like. You can also see which materials work best and how your ideas fit together to create the mood and feel of a room or house before you commit financially.


They are also a handy resource to show retail professionals when shopping for supplies, such as tiles or carpets.

Professionals, such as interior designers, often use mood boards to illustrate their ideas to clients. And for you, they are a wonderful tool for when working with your builder on your custom home.


How to make a mood board


This part’s easy, you can go old-school with magazine clippings and fabric samples arranged in a scrap book or folder. Otherwise, you can go digital, with a range of options available depending on your technical knowledge and time available.


Pinterest is a handy platform where you can create your own mood board – and even invite people to collaborate. Canva is another great option, which also allows you to add pins from Pinterest.


Style Sourcebook is another wonderful free program that allows your creative inspiration to shine. This one allows you to collate thousands of products from different retailers to see which work best together.


What should I add to my mood board?


There are no hard and fast rules here, but you do want to try and capture all the elements of a space so you don’t forget any of the less prominent details.

As an example, your mood board could display:


  • The overall size and atmosphere
  • Colours and paint swatches
  • Furniture
  • Cabinetry and hardware
  • Flooring
  • Artwork
  • Rugs
  • Window treatments
  • Appliances
  • Lighting
  • Accessories


Once you’ve put together your mood board, ask yourself if it captures the mood and feeling you want it to create.


Think it over for a while. Make tweaks and edits where necessary. And once it reflects your imagined happy place, you’re good to go in making it come to reality.


Now’s the time to book a consultation with Zircon Living, where we pride ourselves on combining old-fashioned work ethic with modern custom solutions to create homes that are uniquely you.