A mood board is a tool that helps you put all of your ideas together in one place. Interior designers use mood boards to outline the general style, desired mood, preferred colors and overall feel or a room or space they are working on. Used during the initial planning stages of a design project, a mood board helps visually convey ideas, thoughts, desires and preferences. Mood boards can also be helpful in outlining elements that should be avoided in a project, too.
You don’t have to be an interior designer to take advantage of this creative organization method. As a matter of fact, most people are already creating basic mood boards by way of a very familiar tool: Pinterest. If you see a kitchen décor concept you like and add it to the other similar kitchen ideas to a kitchen ideas board within the app, you’re well on your way to understanding how mood boards work.
How to organize your board: There are a variety of different digital tools available to help you organize your mood boards. Whether you prefer the Pinterest app, choose to save electronic images to labeled folders on your laptop, elect to organize your ideas and dreams with another software tool or simply employ paper, folders, poster board and tape, the important thing is to just get started. You can alter your method over time.
What to include: Mood boards can be organized in endless numbers of ways. You can label according to room in your home and include or have subfolders for wall colors, furniture styles, looks you love, furniture pieces you adore, rugs that make a statement, window treatments that make you swoon, bedding you adore, and accessories that reflect your personality. The possibilities are endless. Save images that convey the feeling you desire for your home. Collect images of beautiful items as you seek to replicate the same look in your spaces.
What else to include: While it is important to save a wealth of images conveying the colors, styles and pieces that speak beauty to you, it is also a good idea to keep track of items that you absolutely do not prefer. Knowing what you do not like is just as important as knowing what you love. If a particular color is abhorrent to you, make a note. If you reject the idea of a certain style of armchair or a specific type of flooring, make a note. Remember, mood boards are visual. Seeking your likes – and your dislikes – demonstrates in stark contrast between the look you are striving for and what you want to avoid.
While it sounds like a fancy interior design trick that’s reserved exclusively for the experts, mood boards are for everyone. Taking a little time to save and organize images can help you beautifully appoint your living, dining, work and slumber spaces in style and luxury.
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