How To Prepare A Moodboard For Your Christmas Decor

when i was growing up the christmas decor was the same almost every single year, until i was in my teens and then i think my mom went a bit crazy and decided to go all out on a black christmas tree (awful choice in hindsight) and decorations galore. to my horror at the time our loyal christmas tree, which had been with us for as long as i could remember, was shoved outside in the cold with all of the old baubles and tinsel which were deemed no longer worthy of the warm fireside spot in the living room. in the years since the loyal christmas tree has made it back into the house, the black christmas tree has been disposed of somewhere and normality has been restored.

as a homeowner myself now, and being wired the way i am in that interior design and decor is very important to me, i like to think i won't allow a terrible christmas tree/decor choice befall upon my home. and to avoid a christmas decor disaster it takes careful planning. and with planning comes a moodboard!

here's how you can create a mood-board to achieve swoon-worthy christmas decor this year.

1) Decide On A Colour Scheme

look to your existing decor to help you identify a colour scheme. if you have a monochrome colour palette generally then consider adding one or two pops of colour using baubles and gift wrap. if your colour scheme is already quite neutral and you use a pop of colour in your decor consider using the same colour in your christmas decor, or temporarily remove your existing pops of colour to add in a new one for a total refresh for the festive season!

2) Consider The Natural Elements

kind of inline with the above, when you're choosing your colours consider your choice of natural pieces. with christmas comes alot of greenery in trees and garlands. lots of browns in woods and cinnamon sticks. if you have a monochrome scheme, then perhaps a black or white christmas tree. otherwise a green christmas tree, fake or real, will work with most colour schemes anyway. 

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3) Look Beyond The Internet

it's easy to dive straight onto Pinterest when looking for inspiration, but a lot of ideas can be sourced elsewhere. look to shop windows, magazines, the outdoors and even think about the decor in friends and families homes - what did/didn't you like about their schemes and how could you incorporate your take on those things into your scheme?

4) Begin Collecting Images & Things

by all means jump onto the internet and source some inspiration, but don't forget to take photos on your phone and print them out whenever you see inspiration when you're out and about - even if it's something like a sprig of holly that suddenly sparks an idea within you! take a picture and note the idea for later - even better, take a cutting of the holly! cut out images from magazines and start to compile them. in addition to images compile items such as christmas candles in jars that will work within your scheme, pinecones, sprigs of holly and berries, items you already own that you can incorporate in a new way.

5) Lay Everything Out Together

once you've started collecting items and pictures you'll soon begin to see a common thread amongst the items. begin arranging the items and pictures onto a piece of a3 paper. place the items strategically, grouping them where you imagine they will work within your scheme. for example, a candlestick surrounded by garland, decorated with pine-cones will work as a table setting and should be placed in one corner. however, the pinecones will work on the tree and also in small groupings spread around the room, so save a couple and place them on the board elsewhere. attach a piece of tinsel, images of baubles you like and a snippet of the gift wrap you plan to use. 

6) Edit

keep coming back to your moodboard and have another look - don't drive yourself crazy, but this careful planning stage will help you keep focused on your christmas decor, help you avoid disastrous and impulsive purchases and may even save you some money too! 

it will become very obvious, very quickly exactly what doesn't work within the scheme and what you may need more of. the moodboard may even create new ideas and will help you to create a stronger, more unique scheme. 

7) Go Shopping

your moodboard will be too big to take with you while you're shopping, so take a good quality picture of it before you head off to the shops to purchase what you'll need. keep referring back to your moodboard and remind yourself of the purpose of creating this scheme. no doubt you'll come across items that you absolutely love, and may even consider changing your entire scheme for, but that will take you right back to square one. my rule of thumb is - if it doesn't work within you scheme, can it be painted? are you confident to paint it yourself? is it an item you've planned into your scheme? if you can answer yes to all three of those questions without hesitation then go ahead and buy it. if not, then don't. there may well be a perfect alternative in the next store!

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i hope you've found this quick christmas decor moodboard guide useful. i'd love to know what your scheme is this year - leave a comment below!