Lucy Penfield of Lucy Interior Design Delights Clients With Vibrant Mood Boards: Now She Tells You How

Moodboards provided by Lucia Interior Design

Mood boards aren’t new, but the way designers use them continues to evolve. Lucy Penfield, the genius and design director behind Lucia Interior Design in Minneapolis, recently rocked her Style by Lucy’s Blog with uplifting mood boards celebrating color and textilesas well as advice on planning perfect party.

We therefore asked him to guide us in creating his own mood board, the ideal starting point for thinking about redoing a room in your house. Whether you use a software tool (such as Photoshop, ClothWhere Milanote) or choose to create something in person, designing a mood board “uses inspiration as a springboard,” says Penfield.

As an example, she suggests redoing a room with a “seaside or beach vibe.” Before any pinning, online or practical, says Penfield, “start with something that really resonates with you and that you can’t live without,” like a work of art, a family heirloom or a beloved piece of furniture that can become the inspirational focal point in the room.

Next, “identify the color you can’t live without”, which in this case could be azure blue. Now choose a complementary color, such as coral. “As I start to gather ideas for the mood board, I’ll go to the paint store and get swatches of these colors as placeholders,” she says. Then pick a base color, “like a sand dune color, which might appear like weathered oak flooring.” Next come silhouettes and shapes in the form of sofas, side tables or chairs. The walls? Think “a warm white reminiscent of the seaside”.

At this point, says Penfield, you’re still collecting images. If you use Pinterest, Google or another search engine, copy and paste the link into a Word document for future reference. Also take a screenshot of the image and put it in a folder. You are on your way.

Once you’ve gathered your images and sources, “you’re ready to organize and edit,” says Penfield. Start with the floor, then the rug, then “build the repertoire of silhouettes and shapes with the sofa, tables, chairs and lighting. Start layering,” she advises. “Then sprinkle in flavor, tang and spice, pop and bounce, in the form of artwork, accessories and wallcoverings.”

For this hypothetical seaside room, include open-back chairs for transparency; textures like grasscloth in the form of a raffia wallcovering or light fixture; and performance upholstery on the couch with a stripe or print. “Now check out a book on Capri [an island in Italy’s Bay of Naples]and study how to make the room pop with color,” she continues.

Incorporate family heirlooms, found objects, artwork, and other decor from your local vintage shop, local art gallery, or sites like Minted or Society 6 “that will blow your mind.” This is where you “add layers of personality,” says Penfield. Integrate everything into the moodboard until “the eye is captivated”.

Soon you will have the inspiration for a new look as attractive and exciting as one of Penfield’s boards. “We are all in lack of carelessness, of light, of joy, of cheerfulness at the moment”, she says. “The paintings we create for the blog bring joy to people. You can create your own mood board with a designer or do it yourself. Just start dreaming, then turn your vision into reality.

Betty K. Park