Mood Board Making: A Gold, Tan, Teal, & Yellow Living Room

We had a grand old time whipping up this nature-inspired mood board for anyone who’s looking to add some kick to their living or family room. We sadly can’t find the time to create custom mood boards anymore (it took a good 6+ hours to make one client commissioned board since we’d have to familiarize ourselves with the space, note the items that they want to keep/lose, brainstorm a new floor plan, etc). And because we don’t want to shortchange clients by tossing sub-par mood boards together (or watch mood boards disappear permanently from our site) we’ve come up with what we like to believe is a nice compromise…

We’ll be whipping up general mood boards that anyone can adapt for their own home and sharing them on the regular! Happily, we can whip up mood boards a lot faster when we get free rein to build a room entirely from our imagination instead of working with existing parameters & furnishings. In fact, they can now be completed between Clara feedings (which is totally part of our criteria when it comes to evaluating what we can and can’t do these days). So without further ado, our nature-inspired mood board full of punchy hues, branchy textures, and even a few nocturnal creatures. Man it feels good to be back.

1. We love the handsome yet playful combination of dark chocolates, deep teals, sandy wheats, cheerful yellows, and crisp splashes of white. And speaking of white, when it comes to paint for this space, we’d love to see glossy white trim along with clean white walls (Benjamin Moore’s Decorators White works for both surfaces) so the punchy art and accessories really pop. Of course a soft cream, tan, or even a subtle teal or yellow would work too if you’re not the white wall type.

2. This graphic geometric pillow paired with this saturated teal beauty will add interest and color to amp up the sandy tan tones in the sofa, coffee table, and the rug.

3. This glittering $69 chandelier introduces ambiance and softness, plus we love how the round disks (and the round shape of the fixture) will echo the curves in the round coffee table that will sit beneath it.

4. This amazingly affordable clean-lined sofa (on sale for $699) is perfect for the masculine meets feminine vibe that we have going on in the room.

5. These punchy yellow accessories will add a splash of sunny hue to any media stand, console table, or fireplace mantel.

6. This abstract yellow and amber toned art (for just $24.99!) has us so smitten that we wouldn’t object to ordering two identical prints and hanging them in thin wood frames with large white mats above the sofa.

7. & 8. & 9. The juxtaposition of the patterned twiggy rug (just $299 for an 8 x 10!) and these sleek & modern teal side tables gets us all hot and bothered. We’d love to see one on each side of the sofa with playful matching owl lamps on them (just $39.99). It’s such a fun eclectic pairing.

10. This round light wood coffee table will subtly blend in with the area rug and ground the entire sitting area. And the wood grain is such a playful pairing with the branchy rug that will rest beneath it.

11. This $159 slipper chair in faux alligator leather is not only outrageously easy to care for (so wipeable and beverage/pet/kid friendly!) but the price is pretty nice too. We imagine two of them flanking a fireplace with the sofa facing them for a nice luxe and balanced effect, but other floor plans would work too – slipper chairs are amazingly flexible.

So that’s our twiggy, owl-riddled, nature-inspired mood board for anyone who’d like to adapt it in their space. Got any favorite items among the roundup? Or any additional pieces that you’d love to suggest for those who may bring this dream room to life? Anyone out there who may be implementing a few ideas from this mood board? We’d love to see your after photos! Happy decorating…


  1. says

    What a great idea! I commend you for putting your family first but am totally excited for this new mood board thang. I think my fave here is the overall color scheme…something we haven’t really seen from you just because you’re usually working with clients’ desires. That chandy is to die for. Love it.

  2. says

    Ahh, this is great since I’m trying to decorate with teal in my living room/office. My inspiration has been Van Gogh’s “Almond Blossoms” painting, so that’s been kind of a challenge. Been looking for months for an area rug with teal in it for under $30, much like the recent rug hunt you were on. Thanks for the ideas!

  3. Lindsay says

    I am so happy you have decided to share mood boards at random from your inspiration! I think it leaves it open-ended for us (the YHL groupies) to visualize the pieces in our own spaces. Love it!

  4. Annie says

    I love it. Those are the exact colors I was planning on using in our office/spare room. Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. says

    I’m loving the mixture of these colors! I’m glad you guys still have the time to whip up a couple of these posts, since their a lot of fun.

    Random question (just cuz I’m curious), how far in advance do you write and plan out many of your posts? Just asking because it seems like you put a lot of time and effort into them and I’m curious how much planning goes into the weeks blogging schedule.

    Thank you!

    • says

      Hey Laura,

      We usually plan our posts out and write them at least a week or two in advance, but sometimes we write things at the verrry last minute (and even up to three weeks in advance, like holiday stuff, etc). Hope it helps!


  6. Katie says

    I love the pops of teal and the geometric pillows! Glad you could come up with a mood board compromise that works for you- I’m hoping we’ll still see afters of ones you did awhile ago or maybe even afters based on your generic boards!

  7. says

    I think it is AWESOME that you found a compromise! I love your mood boards and look forward to seeing them again.

    Thanks for the tip of the writing of posts – I just started a website myself and wanted to know the best way to go about writing posts, getting them up timely, etc. I like how you pretty much post at the same times every day – it keeps people coming back! I am going to have to start stockpiling posts on the weekends for my site and then posting them at specific times.