Is your mind cluttered with multiple design styles that just don’t seem to all fit together?
If you answered yes, it’s time to get clear. Locking down a clear style vision will eliminate excess stress and confusion surrounding your design decisions.
It’s okay to love various design styles, but while creating your space it is important to get clear on the overall aesthetic of your project.
Instead of thinking, “I want a mid century, modern, bohemian, jungalow, 70s home,” refine this statement into, “I am envisioning a mid century home with hints of natural bohemian decor to offset the overall old school charm of my space.”
The later statement provides an overall aesthetic, mid century, with two accent styles, natural bohemian and old school charm.
If you have one overall aesthetic that you can firmly decide on, then great! Keeping it simple always makes the process easiest. Just don’t be afraid to show your personal style, because your home is your sanctuary and place to run wild with your creativity.
So, now what?!
Get all those style ideas out of your head and onto a vision board! It’s time to give life to the design that’s been taking up so much space in your brain.
Your vision board can be made in endless ways. Some popular vision board techniques are digital programs where you can create collages with photos and words from the internet such as, canva.com or adobe illustrator & photoshop. The color and pattern collages below were created using canva.com.
Or, a personal favorite, the old school way– gathering magazine clippings or printing off photos that inspire your vision and placing them on a wall, bulletin board or taping them to a notebook. This hands-on vision board will allow you to freely move and manipulate your elements. You can also utilize fabric swatches with this method, which helps to really get a feel for the textured elements.
Whichever way you decide to create your vision board, remember the most important part is to stay aligned with the overall aesthetic you chose.
And if your vision changes?
No worries– this is a part of being a designer! Sometimes you may fall in love with a sofa or a dining table that just doesn’t quite fit in with your overall design. If this happens, start over! That is the beauty of the vision board. It can change. As your visions change, make sure to get clear on your new overall aesthetic if that changed as well.
What goes on your vision board?
Everything! Anything! All of it!
This is your time to get creative and hammer out your deepest ideas. Your board can be made up of photographs from spaces you admire, photographs of scenery, photographs of decor, fabric swatches, patterns, crystals, coasters, plants, petals… the list goes on and on!
A vital element to include is your color scheme. Use paint samples and swatches to display your colors on your vision board. Laying out your colors will help you to decide which colors will work in your space.
Books are a great place to gather inspiration, but you definitely don’t want to cut out all the images of your favorite coffee table books. A good solution to this is to lay your book open-faced on the page with the image you admire, on top of fabric swatches and other elements you’ve added to create a flat lay. Then photograph it! This way, you can see the overall look and feel without having to compromise your book!
Overall, vision boards are a great way to get clear on your vision and to stay clear. You will be able to easily notice the pieces that do not fit in and need to be switched for something fresh! Vision boarding is also a great way to refine your style and to get creative with innovative color combos. Not to mention, they are also fun to make!
We hope these vision board tips help you to create your next project with a clear style and overall vision!