How to Make the perfect Mood Board, with Nathan Turner | Pottery Barn

How to Make the perfect Mood Board, with Nathan Turner | Pottery Barn


Hi, I’m Nathan Turner, here at my store in Los Angeles, California, and, I’m talking about mood boards, and what is a mood board?
I use them in my normal practice of decorating homes. A mood board can start with something as simple as a piece of paper
with a color on it that you happen to love, or a swatch of fabric, or a photo from a vacation,
and you start to layer upon that. This mood board that I’m doing is a bedroom. One of the biggest
inspirations for this room is this Picasso painting that I found in a magazine, and it has all the colors that I wanted to implement
into this room, it has the violet, and yellow, and green, and gray and even just hearing me say all those colors in one breath sounds like
this is too much, but when I saw it in this painting, it was so soft,
and pretty, and lovely, that it really validated the fact that I can use these colors together. I always start with a floor plan. That’s the best way
to really start mapping out your room. I, like a lot of designers, use a program called AutoCad, but you can use Pottery barn’s Room Planner which is
just as good. This is key in step number one. So once you have your floor plan, it’s a really good idea
to start figuring out what fabrics and colors you’re going to use. And I suggest getting swatches and samples, and Pottery Barn’s
Design Services are great, they literally have all the fabrics that are carried,
you can get carpet samples, even wood finishes from actual Pottery barn products. And now I can implement them onto my board, and
see what works and what doesn’t, and what really makes me like this room. So I wanted to make the room feel luxurious. The first
thing I thought of was the the flooring. That’s the first thing, it’s what you feel
when you walk into the room, and the carpet is also going to help me define the
space in the room. So if you look at my floor plan, I can really play around
with the different sizes that it comes in, and see which fits nicely. The other great thing about
doing a mood board is you have all these different color combinations, and you’re
trying to sort out which one you want to be the dominant color, you can put down a ton
of gray, and say oh well maybe that’s going a little too dark for me
and add more violet, or yellow, and it really gives you a good sense
of which colors make you happy. Accessorizing a room is key, it really is, it’s
where you can add personality, and really personalize a room. And on my mood board
I have a lot of jewelry references. I love this big clunky amethyst necklace, and I want to implement that with some rock crystal lamps
which I think will be kind of modern but still be within keeping of the
room design, and don’t forget inspiration is literally everywhere. I’d say
most of my ideas come from something that I saw on the street,
and I just snapped it with my cell phone. This is really your chance to personalize your room. This
is the last finishing touches that are going to tell people who is living in this room. A really important thing about the mood board is that
it takes your vision and your ideas and puts it into something tangible. So then you and
your partner or your spouse can work on the whole thing together and also painters
or vendors that you’re going to have helping you to execute
this room, you’re going to have a tangible example of
exactly what you want to do, and that’s going to help eliminate a lot of
challenges as well.


7 thoughts on “How to Make the perfect Mood Board, with Nathan Turner | Pottery Barn

  1. Hi PotteryBarn, just wanted to let you know that we've created an online solution inspired by Photoshop to create digital mood boards in the cloud. Would love to hear your thoughts on it. The software is called SampleBoard.

  2. great video sir thank you.i dont have access to all these materials and fabrics,can i use photoshop and collect photos of fabrics,colors,materials furniture and create mood board?i know it wont have the feel and texture of the real one but maby it does the job

  3. Hi. If you want to build it yourself just google for 'Woodprix' . I know you'll find good solutions for your idea.

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