This is our Monthly Mood Board and second part of our How to create a tone-on-tone color mood board series dedicated to Violet shades. I was very intrigued to see if our color forecast on violet would be confirmed in Milan. At a certain moment I stopped taking pictures of the many evidences I saw, but I have to admit, in Italy deep violet is a cultural question dating back to garments that were exclusively worn by those in charge of a higher ecclesiastical office. Whether they are trending or not, you will always find pops of red and violet design at any Salone del Mobile edition.
If you are a regular reader, you will have noticed how many posts we have published on tone-to-tone color palettes. It was about time to translate these into mood boards.
Here go three practical steps:
1. Decide on one main color and gather elements in lighter and darker shades
For this mood board, I decided to work on violet but include also wine, purple and lilac what means these color have more or less blue or red added.
2. Make sure you work with tactile objects and different textures
Violet is historically a color of power and wealth, represented on the board through semi-precious stones (amethysts), swatches of fur and velvet.However, I was interested in giving it a different less baroque edge, looking for imagery from Vogue from the 1970’s as a counterpart. Textures are represented through elements such as fabric and color swatches, amethysts and a texture photography.
3. Look for elements that bring some light on the board
Unless it is your intention to work on a darker and uniform display, it can be interesting to add some light to guide the eye and offer different points of interest. This is done here with all three images balanced throughout the mood board. Points of interest can be created by
a) working with clearer colors being white the most powerful
b) placing portraits where eye contact is established with the viewer
The mood board was created after putting several color ideas together on the wall as you can see below:
All mood board images taken by Ampi Aristu
If you are interested in learning how to put a mood board together for professional projects, I have uploaded a new and last date for a masterclass in 2017. It’s going to be in October and I would love to share with you some of the most effective techniques I use.