Whether you’re planning a fabulous trip, establishing your life goals, or, in this case, designing your home, having a creative reference is key to actualizing that which is uniquely YOU. There’s something so freeing about letting your mind wander to all things inspiration: art, literature, nature, and color. Most importantly, to see what you innately connect with and what most accurately represents you and brings you JOY.
The greatest value of a picture is when it forces us to notice what we never expected to see. - John Tukey
Here, I’ll break down how to create a Design Vision Board, which will help you determine your direction and style as they relate to colour, shape, texture, and pattern.
Think of this first phase of the vision board as a genuinely creative and carefree exercise. Have some tea, a glass of wine, anything that gets your creative juices flowing, and look around you, at nature, in magazines, online, and pull all the things that you connect with. Comb through all your resources, including your imagination, and collect any samples you currently have (or want). Remember, they don’t have to necessarily be interior design specific. It can be a colour, or the pattern of a leaf (make sure to take a picture). These are ideas that can be laid out roughly for reference, knowing that it’s not the final working edition.
Consider this a labour of love. All your hard work will certainly be worth it when you see your space come together in a way that's personal to you.
Your visuals should consider the following:
Whether your more comfortable with a tangible board or compiling everything online, the choice is yours!
This will be your design schematic and storyboard, where everything is considered in relation to each other. Every piece needs to earn its place. Everything gets checked (and re-checked ) for scale, colour, functional objectives, texture, feel, and so on. Don’t be alarmed if there are changes in this phase: better to know now than during installment (so be sure to know all your measurements).
I like to have a 48-hour (or 72 if you’re a bigger procrastinator) window to think things through before moving ahead with any purchases. This allows me to pay attention to anything that might surface to rethink and re-edit.
I've gathered some websites and apps that can help you create a Vision Board online.
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