Most of you are probably familiar with mood boards, but you might have some questions about how to create a mood board. Mood boards or inspiration boards are used by designers in every field. Interior designers often rely heavily on mood boards to convey an aesthetic vision to clients. No matter how well one communicates, the old adage ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’ rings especially true in the design world. If you are redecorating on your own or using an interior designer, creating a mood board is a great place to start. If you’re wanting a beach-y, modern, slightly traditional room (that could totally make sense) it might help to have some images of rooms or products that you could use to help achieve your desired style. Your mood board does not have to be specific, but rather it should convey the “vibe” and style of the look you want to achieve.
Create a Mood Board
Digital Mood Boards
There are many different ways to create digital mood boards.
You can use a Pinterest board as a place to collect assorted images and inspiration. This is the first place we start when designing new projects. You can make a “secret” board to collect inspiration for your project and share with your client if you want. After inspiration has been collected and you are ready to start looking at specific products, it’s time to start your mood board.
Olioboard and Polyvore are both great resource for creating mood boards. Polyvore is for fashion and interiors and Olioboard is designed for interiors only. Both have libraries of product you can choose from. On Olioboard you can upload your own images and Polyvore uses a system much like Pinterest to import product images.
Many professionals use programs like Photoshop to create their mood boards. Photoshop will give you the most creative freedom, but is expensive and there is a steep learning curve to the program, so for hobbyists and even some professionals, the previously mentioned tools are much easier.
Physical Mood Boards
If you want to go old school, that’s ok too! Maybe you’ve seen some gorgeous rooms in magazines and would like to borrow some of their design ideas. Feel free to cut them out and paste them on a piece of paper or poster board. You can even use a cork board to pin clippings or images. The idea is to visually convey a mood and vision, the medium isn’t necessarily important.
Mood Boards will help take you from an idea to a finished product. This isn’t the actual mood board that was used to inspire this project, but it pulls together elements that were used in the room. You can easily see how this mood board could be used to inspire a similar room.
Image by Sara Kerens. Design by Jaclyn Joslin.
Mood Boards are useful tools for professional and amateur designers alike. Now that you know how to create a mood board, you can use it to help you bring your abstract vision to reality. Our brick-and-mortar shop is full of new, modern furniture and accessories, and we also have a selection of fab vintage goods. We’ll help you select the right pieces to create your dream space.
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