What’s a Mood Board?


One of the first steps to a style update or room remodel is to gather your thoughts so they can translate to actual stuff. When you find a color scheme you love or are moved by a certain design palate, you need a place to put these insights.

One way to collect all your inspirations is to keep the magazine you found the image in, dog-ear the page, and stack it on top of the ever-growing pile of other magazines with dog-eared pages.

Or, you could just create a mood board.

This is a simple and effective way of keeping what inspires you in one easy-to-view place. Your mood board is designed to combine images of products, colors, and text so that you can keep coming back to one place whether you’re ready to add something or just want to see the progress of your project.

There’s no wrong way to start your mood board, but there are a few basic steps to follow. As the mood board creator, you have total creative control over what goes on the board.

You can do things the “old fashioned” way: Grab a cork board, and when you see a paint sample, an image of a kitchen faucet, or motif from a design magazine you’d like to keep, get it.

After a while, your collection will start to grow and take shape. Group it all together on the board in a way that will keep the creativity flowing and help you get closer to completing your project.

Or if you’d prefer, you can create a digital mood board. The entire process is simplified, and a wealth of potential online inspiration is waiting right at your fingertips. Save, copy, paste, save. What could be easier?

Of course, some people prefer the tactile sensation of a mood board they can touch and feel (especially if it includes swatches of color or fabric). Regardless, visit Oliboard.com for a great example of a digital mood board.

And, yes, if you were wondering, there’s an app for that, for iPad users.

So, when you’re ready to start collecting all of your thoughts (and others’ ideas) together in one place, simplify things, streamline the process, and remove the clutter. A mood board can help with any new design project.


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