The What, Why, and How of Mood Boards

Sometimes, the most difficult part about remodeling is just getting started. Whether inspiration is elusive or you're overwhelmed by too many ideas, a mood board may be the solution to your problems.

The 101 On Mood Boards

So, what on earth is a mood board anyways? It’s a physical or digital collection of images, fabrics, colors, and textures that represent the overall feel you want your room to have. It also happens to be a designer’s best friend!

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Mood boards allow interior designers and clients to communicate about their projects in a visual way. Designers can use it to help clients discover the style they want, or to run a design idea by a client before actually reworking a room.

But they’re not just for professional designers! If you’re redecorating your space on your own, a mood board can serve as your inspiration and focal point. Mood boards can help you discover combinations you never would’ve thought of and they can keep you true to your original design plan.

Creating A Mood Board

To create your mood board, start off by collecting a variety of images, fabrics, and color samples that catch your eye. It’s also perfectly fine to do this digitally and create a collage on your computer (though I personally love the tactile element of a physical mood board!). Check out some inspiring mood boards on Pinterest here.

To give your design focus, try picking out an image or a set of colors to build your room around. Maybe you want a room done in a minty shade or maybe you love the natural feel of a specific picture. Your focus can even be an object, like a scarf or bedspread. If you can’t physically pin it to a board, take a picture of your object and use that instead. Then, pick out the rest of your mood board pieces based around that one element.

Gallery: Teal Collection

If you can’t decide on a focal point, don’t worry! Just start collecting pieces that inspire you. A common pattern, theme, or color may emerge as you go. That’s the beauty of mood boards!

After you’ve gathered your items, start pinning them to your board. Don’t worry about precision and getting it “just right.” Let yourself be messy and creative. Swap out pictures, combine colors you wouldn’t have considered, mix and match styles you would normally keep separate. If you don’t like it, it’s as easy as unpinning one picture and pinning up a new one!

Gallery: Modern Meets Natural

Finally, when you have a mood board that you’re satisfied with, use it as your guide when you begin remodeling your space. Overwhelmed with paint choices? Go back to your mood board and see what originally caught your eye. Stumped while shopping for accessories? Take another look at your board and see what style swept you off your feet.

More Mood Board Love

Mood boards are a simple and fun design tool that are priceless in their value. To learn more about mood boards, check out How to Make a MoodBoard by Huma Qureshi and How to Create a Moodboard and Get Your Creative Juices Flowing by Janie Kliever.

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