How To Make An Interior Design Mood Board (3 Easy Options) — Greenhouse Studio
A mood board is a visual depiction of ideas for a design project that is used to inspire other people. A mood board is, at its most basic level, a collection of photographs. During the early planning phase of a project, this collage is the go-to tool for any designer. It is a collection of ideas derived from the early conversations between a customer and a designer (or anyone wanting to design their own space). Its purpose is to develop a clear direction for a project before commencing actual design work on the project.
The mood board allows you to gather all of your ideas in one spot and then take a step back to analyze what works well with what and what doesn’t work well with what.
After putting in several hours into a project, the last thing you want is to learn afterwards that it isn’t heading in the way you intended it to.
- You should read my post on How to Design a Room once you’ve completed your mood board.
Here are some ideas for constructing an easy mood board that will help you get your interior design project started off on the right foot with a good outcome.
Mood board method1 – Pinterest
Making a Pinterest board is my go-to fast and dirty method of creating a mood board. Begin by pinning images of rooms, color schemes, furniture, and accessories that you find appealing. Try not to have too many preconceived notions and instead simply start pinning things that you like the look of.
- If you can’t locate the product you’re interested in already on Pinterest, go to the manufacturer’s website, hover over the upper left corner, and check for the red Pinterest “pin” icon, which will appear on the majority of product page photographs. It is possible to pin directly from a brand’s website by selecting this option.
- Try it out on any image on this site by hovering over it and pinning it.
When you hover your cursor over a product image that you wish to pin, the Pinterest “pin” button will generally show, allowing you to save it to a board of your choosing. Make certain to incorporate all of the components of your room. It’s easy to overlook the less exciting but still crucial elements of a room, such as window curtains or flooring. Pinterest makes it simple to go back into your board and add or remove items till your heart’s content.
Interior design mood board elements
- Pinterest inspiration boards for your space’s overall “feel,” atmosphere, or room-style
- Furniture pieces – both those that reflect what you already have and those that represent what you will need in order to understand how they will function together
- Artwork, rugs, and window coverings are all examples of what I mean. Paint swatches (the colors of which differ greatly when scanned vs real life. See my page on choosing paint colors for further information.)
- Flooring and accessories are included.
After you’ve finished creating your mood board, take a moment to reflect on it. Allow it to marinate in your mind for a few minutes. After you’ve given your thoughts some time to marinate, you may make any necessary revisions or modifications if anything doesn’t seem quite right. When it comes to design and life in general, I believe in the need of ” gut checks.” In other words, pay attention to how you’re feeling, and don’t attempt to fit a round peg into a square hole, as it were.
Pinterest vs. graphic design software mood boards
Once again, the benefit of using a Pinterest idea board is that it is simple and quick to create. It doesn’t seem like a bother to go back in and make the necessary adjustments. It is suitable for the needs of any homeowner, as well as for professional interior designers. (It can also communicate with professional design software such as Morpholio.) Some of these mood boards/design process tools, for example, are problematic because, despite the fact that they are only tools for the design process, they may be time-consuming to build.
This is something I consider in particular when it comes to old-school hand drafting.
As an example, I used to construct my landscape plant palettes for customers using Adobe InDesign in order to demonstrate to them what the plants I’d specified in their planting plans truly looked like in real life.
(I’m sure the customer just assumed I’d cooked up something on the spot- as if!) Now I make Pinterest boards for my clients, and thus far no one has objected to this practice.
When I was younger, I used to create my planting palettes in Adobe InDesign and then print them out on 11″x17″ pieces of paper. Although I now utilize Pinterest boards, I still use InDesign to create multi-page graphical PDFs, such as the Design Guide that I give away to blog subscribers.
How to make your Pinterest board digitally portable
When creating your mood board with a graphics software, one of the primary considerations is whether you want it to be digitally portable, whereas your Pinterest board has to remain on Pinterest. What you really want is an actual document that you can email to clients or utilize in places other than Pinterest. If you want to capture the entire page, I have a free Google Chrome addon for you called freeGoFullPageScreen Capture. When you click it, it will snap a complete screen capture of everything that is now shown on that screen, including your mile-long, scrolling mood board.
You have the option of saving it as either a single continuous PNG file or as a PDF that is divided into pages.
A screen shot of the Greenhouse Studio’s Pinterest board “Garden Rooms,” obtained with the free Google Chrome application “GoFullPage” Screen Capture.” While viewing the board on Pinterest necessitates scrolling, the addon grabs the entire board in a single click.
By typing “full page screen capture,” you’ll be sent to the Chrome Web Store, where you can download and install the extension for free with a single click on your computer.
Mood board method2 – Adobe Illustrator
If you want to construct a mood board where you can change artwork and text, such as the one shown below, I’ll show you two distinct approaches you may take.
Adobe Illustrator Mood Board
Adobe Illustrator is the program of choice for creating mood boards and other visual representations of ideas. I do, however, make extensive use of the Adobe Suite of tools. Aside from the traditional Adobe applications (Illustrator,Photoshop, andInDesign), I recently created my first YouTube videos using AdobePremiere Rush, a program designed exclusively for social media video, and I am a huge fan. Photo editing software such as AdobeLightroomis the industry standard, and I use it to edit all of my photographs.
As a designer, you’ll find AdobeAcrobatto be a useful tool for handling multi-sheet AutoCADdrawing sets in PDF format for digital or print output.
Presented here is a mood board for the Greenhouse Studio home office, which was produced using Adobe Illustrator.
Photo credits: upper left: inspirationsdeco.blogspot.com, lower left: @melissamlo via Instagram, lower right: @melissamlo through Instagram Margo Hupert’s website address is margohupert.pl.
Basic steps for Adobe Illustrator mood board
A thorough Adobe Illustratormood board “how to” is beyond the scope of this article, however the following will get you started:
- Collect the images for your mood board (see Capturing Imagesbelow for more information). Make a new file in your computer. Select “File – New” and enter the dimensions of your Artboard
- To include pictures into your Adobe Illustrator mood board project, select “File – Place” from the menu bar. You now have the ability to effortlessly resize and move your picture. Text may be entered using the Text tool (represented by a huge “T” in the main tool bar)
- When you’re finished, you’ll want to export it to a file type that can be seen outside of Adobe. Click “File – Export As” and choose either JPEG or PNG as the file format.
You may view another example of an Adobe Illustrator mood board in the post on a Black and White Bathroom Mood Board, if you’d like to see another example. Adobe Illustrator was used to create the final mood board for the Greenhouse Studio interior design. Using Illustrator, you will have the capability of scaling photos and including vector graphics such as text into your designs.
Mood board method3 – Canva
Canva is a popular free alternative that many people use for creating mood boards and social media templates, among other things. The Canva subscriptionPro option, which includes a really easy tool for eliminating the backgrounds from your images(trust me, this is vital), is available for roughly $10/month and contains a slew of bells and whistles. Other designers I know swear by this tool. Canva is a terrific choice if you want to build mood boards and social media templates for the majority of your projects.
Creating a Canva mood board
The following are the fundamental stages in constructing your ownCanvamood board:
- Create a photo collage by going to Canva and selecting the “Photo Collage” option in the middle of the home page (for some reason, Photo Collage does not appear in the Templates drop-down menu). Using the Template choices on the left, choose a mood board or other sort of template. Click “Photos,” and then drag and drop free stock photos or insert your own imagery into the template frames that have been provided. (SeeCapturing Imagesbelow for further information.) Colors, text, and other embellishments can be added in the same way. Upon completion, download your moodboard by clicking on the downward pointing arrow in the upper-right corner of the screen.
The following is a basic color palette mood board that I produced with Canva.
Collect your photographs online by right-clicking them and selecting “save image as” or by taking a screen shot with whichever graphic application you are using. Some product photographs (for example, those where you can zoom in) may not enable you to “save image as” – try clicking through the image first, and then trying “save image as.” Certain websites, such as Houzz, embed their photographs, making it impossible to save them. You’d want to take a screen shot if “save as” doesn’t work since it allows you to crop only the section of the screen that contains the image you want rather than the entire screen as we explained previously.
- Google and download the ” Snipping Tool ” for your PC – this tool allows you to choose only the items you wish to drag and cut
- Mac – Press and hold these three keys together: ” Shift, Command, 4 ” and drag the cross-hair to pick the area of the screen to capture
- Windows – Press and hold these three keys together: ” Shift, Command, 4 ” and drag the cross-hair to select the area of the screen to capture
The following is an Adobe Illustrator-created branding mood board for Greenhouse Studio:
Final tips for your interior design mood board
Whatever method you choose to make your idea board, keep in mind that it is a fantastic tool for gathering all of your design ideas in one place, comparing them, and determining how well they fit together. After you’ve created your board, take a step back and consider your options. Do you enjoy what you’re seeing and does it make you feel good about yourself? Great! Instead, revise your plans and substitute alternative ideas, furnishings, and colors as needed until everything is how you want it to be, then start over.
We should take advantage of the fact that our projects take time to get off the ground, whether we are our own “clients” or professional designers, and make the most of the time we have to enjoy the planning process.
Please share your experience in the comments section below – I’d love to hear about it!
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How to Build Your Dream Interior Design Moodboard
Greetings and welcome to Interior DesignYou, a virtual design conference hosted by Alessandra Wood, Vice President of Style at Modsy. Learn some of the fundamentals of interior design, as well as how to make your house more personal, in this course. Build your own moodboard with Modsy’s brand image and content specialist Karina Lameraner, who guided us through session three, Building Your Own Moodboard. Watch it in the video below, or read on for a synopsis of the event! If you are decorating a space, moodboards are an excellent method to get the creative juices flowing and start the design process.
They assist with the discovery process, the combination of furniture, colors, and design, and the visualization of how everything will go together.
What is a Moodboard?
In either physical or digital form, a moodboard is a collection of images that may be used to inspire you. It may be wide, serving more as a vision board for things you enjoy in many various aspects of your life, or it can be more focused, assisting you in determining what items fit together in a particular area of your life. A moodboard for interior design ideas may be created in a variety of ways. There are a few of different sorts of moodboards that you can use. And each is distinct in that it serves a certain purpose and has a distinct aesthetic direction.
A Few Types of Moodboards:
The first form of interior design moodboard mixes furniture and décor elements together to assist you in visualizing how all of the pieces will fit and complement one another in terms of style. It’s a terrific idea to construct a moodboard like this while you’re out shopping for furniture or before you go shopping for furniture. In the event that you come across a beautiful piece that you like, whether in a shop or online, you can add it to a moodboard to aid with inspiration overload or to explore how it can go with other things you already own!
Using this style of board, you may experiment with different textures, finishes, and paint colors to see how they will interact in a certain room or environment.
Essentially, it’s an assortment of inspirational photos that when taken together create an emotional response and hence determine the tone, or actual mood, for a location.
The primary goal of this exercise is to collect photographs that you enjoy and are naturally drawn to.
All three of these distinct forms of interior design moodboards assist in the discovery phase of the creative process, as well as the pairing and storing of items together. The three moodboard styles listed above can be combined into a single board as well.
Why Create a Moodboard?
Moodboards are excellent tools for visualizing how a place will come together throughout the planning process. High-level concepting and visual experimentation with various design concepts are accomplished through the usage of wireframes. A moodboard’s primary use is to gather ideas and provide a general tone or vibe for a design project, which is outlined above. A moodboard does not have to be created while you are actively working on a home improvement project, of course. You may just construct a moodboard to keep yourself motivated, or you can tinker and experiment with items that catch your eye and save them for later use.
When it comes to constructing a moodboard, inspiration is essential. Furthermore, while creating a moodboard to collect home design ideas, it is essential to creating a location that you will like! How does one, however, go about gathering inspiration and actual pictures for moodboards? Pinterest is a terrific place to start since you can not only uncover a plethora of inspiration and images, but you can also store and organize it on boards, which is quite convenient. Similarly, Instagram is a fantastic resource for seeking ideas.
- You may also take a break from the digital world and look for inspiration in printed materials such as books and periodicals.
- Expand your horizons by reading travel books and fashion periodicals, and allow yourself to be influenced by design elements in all aspects of your life.
- It’s also possible to wander into the foreign area of your local magazine stand and select a few periodicals from various nations to read.
- Some of Karina’s current favorite magazines include the following: Athena Calderone’s Live Beautiful is a collection of short stories.
- Elle Decor Dwell is a lifestyle magazine that focuses on interior design.
- And, of course, you may look around you and take in the sights.
- Look in more unexpected places for inspiration when developing your design style, mood, and overall aesthetic.
Consider your clothes, the brands you buy from, the restaurants you frequent, or the destinations you prefer to visit on vacation. In each area, there are typically small components from which you may draw inspiration, which can aid you in determining your overall path.
Building a Moodboard
When creating a moodboard, we recommend starting with a huge, broad picture and gradually narrowing it down as you progress. Starting with a single image or piece of furniture, work your way up to the finer details as you go along. You are not required to have everything in place at the same time. Gathering images you like over time is a crucial part of the moodboarding procedure! Create a color scheme by using paint swatches and things that represent your favorite furniture pieces; use architectural aspects and textures, as well carpets and flooring ideas; and layer particular pieces of art, lighting, and décor that contribute to the overall atmosphere.
And keep in mind that when it comes to creating a moodboard, there is no right or wrong technique.
Follow your instincts and let the components to speak for themselves as they come together.
Tools + Resources
Are you ready to learn how to moodboard like a pro? It all comes down to employing the appropriate tools. (And don’t worry, they aren’t difficult to understand.) A application like Keynote (for Apple users), PowerPoint, or Google Slides are our favorite tools for creating a digital moodboard. These tools make it simple to drag in images that you’ve collected, organize them in layers, and move them around the screen using your mouse. Canva is a free program that is straightforward to use. It allows you to create moodboards using your own pictures, and you can use it on either your phone or your laptop.
- Create a moodboard on your computer by securing photos to your desktop as you go.
- Then you can effortlessly drag inspiration photographs onto whichever moodboard you are currently working on, or you can just copy and paste photos into a document!
- Try clipping photographs from magazines and attaching them to a corkboard for inspiration.
- Additionally, it is a fantastic solution for individuals who enjoy cutting images from magazines and catalogs!
- Take a deep breath and dive in!
- And remember, with Modsy, we can take your moodboard ideas and bring them to life with our virtual interior design services, which you can find here.
Also available is our style questionnaire, which will help you determine your interior design style as well as what your style says about you. So, be inspired and have a good time with it!
Ready to turn your moodboard into reality?
Foyr Neois a one-stop shop for all of your digital interior design needs, from concept to completion. Interior designers may plan, develop, and produce creatives in a matter of minutes with this software. The most appealing feature of Foyr Neo is its web-based interface, which gives interior designers with all of the tools they need to create digital mood boards on a budget. If you choose, you may also install the program to make things easier for yourself. A sophisticated tool, Foyr Neo renders photos in 4K resolution, making it a perfect choice for professionals that need to provide client presentations in high quality.
- Aside from that, a number of easy tools make it easier to understand design, even for complete beginners.
- Consequently, you won’t have to invest in separate software packages for distinct tools that do either designing or rendering tasks.
- Other than readily available templates and designs, you will also have access to real-time data for a variety of creative tasks.
- The premium plans start at $49 per month, but you shouldn’t pass up the opportunity to try them out for free for 14 days.
Creating an Interior Design Plan + Mood Board
I recently shared a handful of my favorite tools that I use to operate my design firm as well as this blog. All of these items are necessary for running my workplace smoothly (as efficiently as possible; things are never totally seamless), but my primary go-to device on a daily basis is my Intel 2 in 1 laptop and PC! This is my go-to computer from dawn to night for everything from developing design ideas to writing blog articles to perusing the web for inspiration. Frequently, I’m asked what applications I use to produce the floor plans and mood boards that I post on my blog and utilize in client presentations.
- No matter whether I’m building a room for myself or for a client, the process always begins with gathering inspiration and making notes on the prospective area in question.
- There is no requirement for a common thread or a particular style.
- Essentially, if you like something – for whatever reason – you should tag it.
- What do you want the atmosphere of the room to be like?
- Following these initial stages will allow me to begin putting together the overall appearance, feel, and functionality of the space or rooms in question!
- AutoCAD is the program I use for this.
This software, which has been around for many years, is the most commonly utilized by experts in the architectural business.
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Alternatively, you may use SketchUp, which is a 3D modeling application, to create your designs.
I download photos from the internet by saving them to my computer’s desktop or by taking a screenshot of them.
If not, don’t worry, it’s simple!
When you click on it, a screenshot of your computer screen will be taken at that same instant.
BOARD OF EMOTIONS Once I have a firm grasp on around 90 percent of the pieces that I want to include in the space, I begin the process of creating the mood board.
It contains a part for collage-making and is extremely user-friendly.
I was ready to publish the Furniture Plan and Mood Board as soon as they were finished.
This is the mood board for the bedroom space.
This is the process of designing the design and producing the mood board, from the very first thoughts and ideas all the way up to the actual construction of a real living space!
As I previously stated, it is my primary tool for running my business.
All contact for such initiatives takes place entirely online.
Sorry to tell this, but it’s the truth.
I provide a wide range of services.
There you have it.
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How To Make A Mood Board For Interior Design
I’ll walk you through a short and simple lesson on how to create a mood board for interior design inspiration. This may be used to plan room layouts and color palettes, among other things. Affiliate links have been included in this content for your convenience. More information may be found here. Have you ever wanted to plan out a room renovation but didn’t know how to picture it all? This is a common problem. I’ll teach you how to complete this task quickly and easily online. It’s quite useful when it comes to decorating, and I’ve used it several times when constructing a new space for my family.
What is a Mood Board?
Let us begin with the fundamentals. What exactly is a mood board, exactly? It is, in essence, a visual depiction of a collection of our thoughts and ideas. Interior design may be a collection of textures, paint colors, furnishings, carpets, artwork, and other decorative elements, among other things. You may be as elaborate or as basic as you like with your writing as long as it is accurate. You may also create a mood board with images of your favorite places. This provides you with an overall impression of the design, and it is useful to go back to it during the design process as needed.
During today’s session, I’ll show you how to accomplish it the digitally-enabled way.
I’ve found that creating a mood board is an excellent beginning point for all of my room renovations.
Where to Begin?
I prefer to begin a design project with a single piece of inspiration. The room may have attracted my attention because of a photo I saw on Instagram. Alternatively, it may be a beloved rug or piece of art that I want to create a pattern around. It’s possible that I fell in love with a certain wallpaper. It might even be an heirloom – a quilt that has been passed down through the generations, a historic piece of furniture, etc. Whatever you decide, I recommend starting with just one item for your mood board and working your way up from there.
I also believe that being loyal to your design style and the overall atmosphere of your house is beneficial.
This might need some introspection.
I eventually understood what I was pinning again and over and over again: a combination of old and modern pieces that were a little bit of both.
How to Create a Mood Board for Interior Design
I’ll walk you through each stage of the process.
It’s a little complicated, but it’s completely feasible. Not to mention that you may complete this task on either your PC or your smartphone.
Step 1: Start Saving your Favorites.
Starting with photographs, furnishings, and other items to add to your mood board, whether on your phone or on your computer, will be a good place to start. Do you remember that one sliver of motivation? Make sure you have the picture form; you may need to look for a comparable style online or take a quick snapshot of it to ensure you have it. This lovely rug from Rugs USA is my personal favorite. Rugs Made in the United States Rug from El Dorado You can save photos from Google and other retailers by selecting “Save Image As” from the menu bar when you right-click with your mouse.
Unfortunately, not all photographs can be saved, and in some cases, you will just have to go on and choose another image.
- Furniture, carpets, window coverings, beds, cushions, artwork, and flora are just a few examples.
Step 2: Canva
All of my mood boards are created using Canva. Simple to use, accessible as a mobile app (for times I want to work from my phone), and it has nearly all of the features I want. It is accessible for free, or you may upgrade to the Pro version for a little fee. Personally, I like the Pro version because I use it a lot for blogging and other online activities. It is recommended that you download Canva from the App Store if you are working on your phone. In the event that you are working on a computer, you may just go to Canva.
I organize all of my furniture selections into a folder on Canva so that I can access them quickly.
Step 3: Upload Images
To begin, you’ll need to upload all of the photos that you saved in Step 1 into Canva. Here’s how you can go about it. In order to begin, you must first click on the”Create a Design”button located in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. I like to use the Instagram Story or Pinterest Pin templates, but you may use any proportions you like in this situation. Perhaps you have a tiny squareroom or a long rectangle room that you wish to decorate to fit your furniture. Second, when the template appears, you will notice a side panel on the left side of the screen.
Step 4: Design your Mood Board
Now comes the exciting part! Once you’ve uploaded all of your photos into Canva, it’s simply a question of picking the image and dragging it over to the template you’ve created. It’s really simple! You may either click once on the image or drag it over with your mouse to the desired location on the page.
You may use Canva’s rules to ensure that everything is centered and perfectly straight. I normally start with the rug and then layer all of the furniture pieces on top to get a sense of how it will all come together visually.
resize/crop your images
Resize your photographs by selecting them and dragging the white dots in their corners to the size that you choose. For example, if you wish to remove part of the empty space surrounding your image, you may crop it using the white lines (or use the”Crop”button in the top bar) on the right. It’s a lot of fun to experiment with them!
remove the background from your images
Canva Pro users have access to a useful function known as Background Remover, which they can utilize to make their designs stand out. With the click of a mouse, you can take your furniture photographs and erase the backdrop from them. To make advantage of this function, you must first subscribe to the Pro edition and then navigate to ” Effects ” in the top bar. Background Remover is the first option that appears when you type into the search field. In the event that you don’t have the Pro version, you can access Remove.bg.
flip your images
Another element that I particularly enjoy is the “Flip” button on the top bar. This is especially useful if you have a chair that is oriented in the opposite direction of where you want to go. That problem is solved with a simple flip of the coin!
pull in coordinating colors
Canva also offers an incredible function that allows you to pull in complementary colors from an image. This is something I discovered by chance, and I’m quite grateful that I did. Begin with a picture from which you wish to extract colors; this might be your one item of inspiration, a rug, or a piece of art, for example. Then, on the left-hand side panel, select ” Elements ” to continue. Scroll down until you reach the ” Lines and Shapes ” area, which can be found under the search bar on the left.
- Upon selecting your form, a little squarebox of color will appear in the top bar above your design, indicating that it has been selected.
- Aren’t you impressed with how well it worked?
- If you want, you may obtain a paint sample from your local paint store (for example, Sherwin Williams) and use it to match with the rest of the decor in the room.
position objects in your mood board
When you wish to move an object in front of another, or vice versa, there may be occasions when you need to do so.
You can do the same thing with Canva as well. You will find a button labeled “Position” on the top bar of the template, on the right side of the screen. Make a selection of your picture on the template, then choose “Position” and drag your item forward or backward as necessary. It’s a piece of cake!
Saving your mood Board
Once you are satisfied with your design, you can save it to your computer for printing or storing as a source of inspiration. The “Download” option can be found in the top right-hand corner of Canva, where you may save your design. Click on it, then click “Download” one again. Done! Whether you are creating a space on your own or working with a designer, these mood boards will be extremely useful during the design process. You can refer to them on a regular basis to help you stay on track and inspired.
I hope you find this lesson to be of assistance.
How to Create a Mood Board for Your Dream Interior Design
Gather ideas and inspiration to help you bring your design visions to reality. It may be both exhilarating and intimidating to embark on a new interior design project, whether it is redesigning your living room or redoing your bathroom. It might be tough to know where to begin when there are so many selections to make about paint colors, textiles, furniture, and other elements. Creating a mood board to help organize your thoughts is a good approach to get your design process started. Creating a collage of inspiration, which may be either digital or tangible in nature, is a useful tool for visualizing and experimenting with the design direction of your project.
“It is always beneficial to have a visual representation of how your area will appear and function.” In the studio with designer Tricia Guild Design Guild member Tricia Guild|
“It is a method of refining your ideas and altering the aesthetic, as well as a way of testing on a small scale before investing in huge amounts,” Guild explains.
Then follow these steps to build a mood board that can assist you in bringing your interior design visions to reality.
Step 1: Choose a method for creating your mood board.
If you want to see and touch goods before making a decision, a physical mood board may be the best option for you. It is possible to feel the colors and textures in person by using real items such as paint chips and fabric samples. This helps you to make the best informed selections possible. A digital mood board, on the other hand, allows you to explore a considerably wider variety of design ideas since you can use nearly any image you discover on the internet to serve as inspiration. Alternatively, you may create a mood board from scratch using applications such as Adobe Photoshop or the free website Canvato, which are both available via the Designers Guild.
the green mood board with dishes, fabric swatches, and other items is seen from above Designers Guild provided the image used in this post.
Step 2: Gather design inspiration.
Colors and patterns that you enjoy might serve as inspiration for your mood board concept. Consider parts of the world around you other than interior design, such as fashion, art, and nature, and take inspiration from those areas of the world. Working digitally, copy and paste photos from websites such as Pinterest, Instagram, and interior design websites into your mood board canvas (Pinterest, Instagram, and interior design websites are wonderful places to start). Look around on furniture and design websites to locate genuine things that match your aesthetic preferences and budget.
Prepare a collection of fabric, wallpaper, tile, paint, or flooring samples from various manufacturers, as well as tiny accessories such as hardware and fresh or imitation plants, to use as a starting point for experimentation.
includes fabric swatches and paint chips in the color celadon Designers Guild provided the image used in this post.
Step 3: Arrange and rearrange your mood board.
Move the various parts of your mood board around the board, experimenting with different color, texture, and pattern combinations. The advice from Guild is to “take your time but be confident.” She recommends that when arranging the objects, bear in mind that they should be proportionate to how they would seem in the actual space. For example, a paint color that will be used to cover all four walls of the room should be prominently displayed on the board, but a fabric that will be used to cover only a few throw pillows should be displayed in a smaller format on the board.
Step 4: Use the mood board to inform your design decisions.
Following the completion of your mood board, it is time to begin acquiring items and beginning work on the real space. “If it looks good and flows well on your mood board, it will look good and flow well in your space, providing you have employed the pieces in the proper size,” adds Guild. Work from a blueprint when shopping for furniture and supplies, and refer to it frequently as you begin to furnish and decorate the area. When you have a firm plan in front of you, designing your ideal space isn’t quite as intimidating as it appears to be.
How To Make a Mood Board for Interior Design or Fashion Collages
The most commonly asked question I hear from clients is how to build a mood board for interior design and/or fashion. It doesn’t matter if it’s every Saturday morning when I share a Weekend Sale Alert post with my collages or when I share my seasonal decorating design boards, I get a torrent of questions on how to build them.
The following is a step-by-step instruction on how to create your very own design board or moodboard! This post includes affiliate links for your convenience in making purchases. Please see my complete disclosure policy by clicking here.
How to Make A Mood Board for Interior Design And/Or Fashion Collages
Mood boards may be really beneficial when it comes to visualizing the areas you want to build. It is much easier to see what works and what doesn’t work when you can see your vision everything on “paper.” The options are unlimited! They can also assist you in finding wardrobe inspiration, gathering ideas for party decor, brainstorming a new color plan for your house, and so much more! As much as I enjoy creating mood boards, I’ve been putting off releasing a guide for a few years because there wasn’t a very simple choice available at the time.
It is possible that the program is a little too thorough at times, and that the learning curve is too high.
They will all involve some time and work on your side, but they will alleviate a great deal of the stress associated with the procedure!
Building a house, renovating an existing place, planning clothing, or simply feeling inspired may all benefit from these resources.
1. Collect the Images You Want to Use In Your Design Board
It is necessary to collect the photographs that will be used in your mood board before you can begin creating one. You may start with one or two and add more as time goes on, or you can save them all at once and then start compiling them in the program before moving on to the next stage and starting over. If you’re having trouble with the design itself, you might find my piece on how to design a space you love to be of assistance. Simply store the photographs you intend to use in a location where you will be able to readily retrieve them later.
- Ideally, save the largest possible version of the image you can locate (some images will grow if you click on them, for example).
- Although white is recommended, the cleanest version with the least cluttered background that you can find will function just as well.
- On my computer, I right-click the image and then choose ‘Store Image As,’ after which I navigate to the location where I wish to save the shot.
- A quick aside on the photos you’ve been using.
- Keep in mind that photos are protected by intellectual property rights, and you do not want to use them in an unauthorized manner.
- In the case of designers, bloggers, and those who wish to publish their boards online or in print, as well as those who wish to sell their designs and collages to customers, it is necessary to guarantee that the photographs used in your boards are licensed for commercial use.
Don’t take photos of other people’s property without their consent!
2. Create an Account with an Online Design Platform
It has been some years since I created all of my mood boards inPhotoshop; but, there are now a number of other companies that provide comparable services. In addition, I have lately been creating several of them inPicMonkey, so I have some more possibilities to offer with you. Even while the mood boards may potentially be created for free using Canva or PicMonkey (with a few additional steps), most of the providers charge a nominal monthly cost. You may also make the process substantially easier by subscribing for PicMonkey Pro or Canva Pro subscriptions (they are fairly similar paid subscription services).
Both of these ideas are excellent choices!
Here are a few additional facts about each of them.
- Photoshop. This is the program that I’ve been using for a very long time. It is, without a doubt, the most technically advanced alternative, but because the program can do SO much more than any other software available, it may be quite scary to learn how to use it properly. It made natural to utilize PhotoShop as well, because I also use LightRoom to edit my images (you can read more about that process here). PicMonkey and Adobe Creative Suite are now available as a bundle for $9.99/month in the Adobe Creative Suite. PICMONKEYhas become a far more frequent source of inspiration for me during the past year. A lot of my Pinterest graphics, Facebook cover pics, and Instagram Story graphics are created in this location. But there’s so much more! Below is a sneak peak at some of my most recent PicMonkey projects that I’ve completed. You can also construct design boards like mine using PicMonkey Pro, which allows you to work on several projects from a single platform.
- Canva. Canva Pro offers many of the same capabilities as PicMonkey Pro at a fee that is fairly close to PicMonkey Pro. PicMonkey’s interface is preferable to Canva’s interface, but I know many people who prefer Canva’s interface, so it truly comes down to personal opinion! The good news is that you may test out the basic platform for free before making a decision on whether or not to upgrade to the Pro version. The Design School offers classes on how to utilize many of their features, which might be useful if you’re new to the platform. They also have a community forum.
3. Start A New Project
Because I presently pay for PicMonkey Pro, and because it’s the one I’d suggest as the most straightforward choice, this article will be built around that platform. In the event that you choose not to pay for the Pro option, I will make a few tweaks along the road. To begin a new project in Canva, pick “Create A Design” from the drop-down menu. The subsequent procedures will be the same as they are now, only with a different user interface. In the future, all stages will be customized to PicMonkey, although the main concept is the same in both programs.
- For the sake of this article, you’ll want to start with a blank canvas.
- You may choose their pre-determined, best size, for example, if you wanted to create a collage for a Facebook Post.
- In most cases, I make a custom size of 1600 x 2000 since it works well for me on a variety of platforms, including my blog (and is in the 4:5 ideal ratio for Instagram).
- After that, you may give your picture a unique name.
- The default values for the ‘Space Name’ and ‘Folder Name’ are fine for me, but you should be aware that you have the option to create custom folders for projects if you start to generate a lot of photographs!
4. ImportRemove The Background From Your Photos.
This stage is the most common reason why most individuals give up on design boards or wind up with a board that doesn’t appear as professional as they would like. It is not required to remove backdrops, but I believe you will be more satisfied with the final results if you do! Please keep in mind that, even if your stock photographs have a white backdrop, you’ll still want to remove that background for the sake of layering. Images with white backgrounds, on the other hand, will be the most straightforward to remove (as long as your product isn’t totally white).
- If you’re looking for an all-in-one solution to remove backgrounds from photographs, you’ll have to choose for one of the commercial versions of the software platforms described above.
- A lot of the hassles I used to experience with Photoshop have been alleviated because to this program.
- In order to re-save to your computer without the backdrop, you’ll first use the program to delete the background (it may take some experience to get it precisely erased).
- You’ll just import the new photographs that you wish to utilize and then go to Step 5 of the process.
- Then navigate to the location where you wish to import the image.
- Then, on the right-hand side of the screen, click on the “Remove Background” button.
- I used to have to accomplish this in a very manual manner on Photoshop, which was time-consuming and frustrating.
- PicMonkey Pro, on the other hand, makes it extremely simple and time-saving!
- It’s literally only a matter of pressing a button!
- Occasionally, you may need to go to the ‘Image’ option on the right side of the screen and select ‘Erase’ if you discover that the image has not been completely wiped.
After that, you may go back and manually remove any bits of the background that may have been left over. Fortunately, with this tool, I don’t have to do it very often!
5. Re-size your Images as Needed
To resize a picture, either click on it in the graphic or on the left-hand side of the screen under the ‘Layers’ option to bring up the resize menu. Once you see the blue box around the image (as seen below), simply click one of the dots in the corners and drag to re-size the image to your desired size. The majority of the time, I start by making it smaller and then make final sizing modifications once I have added additional goods or photos to the design. After that, you may drag the image about on your collage board by clicking in the center of it and dragging.
6. Arrange Your Images Into A Collage
You will continue to perform the steps outlined above with each additional image you choose to include in your collage. Add a picture, remove the background, resize and position it according to how you want it to appear. If you experiment with your graphic, you will discover that it has more alteration capabilities for each image. The image toolbar, which shows on the right side of the screen (as seen above), has features that might be useful. If you move your mouse cursor over any of the visuals, you will be given further information about that function.
All of this is quite beneficial!
After that, you may navigate to the ‘Layers’ box, which is shown below, and drag objects into the order in which you want the layers to appear.
Simply click on the layer you wish to move and drag it up or down the list will do this.
7. Save Your New Mood Board
Once you’ve completed your design and are satisfied with how it looks, just select the ‘Download’ menu option from the main menu. As well as the type of file you wish to use (jpg, png, or pdf), you may choose how high the quality of your artwork is. I normally save mine as an a.jpg with a high quality setting, but it really comes down to personal style and what works best for your application. That’s pretty much all, really! You may experiment with all of the different program settings, as you can also add text, apply special effects, and other such features.
Just be aware that those choices are available, and that the customizing possibilities are virtually unlimited!
Throughout your creative process, PicMonkey will preserve your creations, and it will also save them for future tweaking.
Samples of Mood Boards for Interior Design, Room Makeovers, Outfit IdeasMore
I thought I’d share some more design boards I’ve created to offer you some ideas on what you can accomplish with these boards as the instructions above only provide an example with clothing components. I hope you find them useful! The majority of the time, I create design boards in order to showcase my best purchases in my weekend sales articles! Here’s another variation that includes even more layering than the last one. As far as the fashion industry is concerned, I have found that these design boards may be just as beneficial!
When it comes to preparing for a trip, having clothing that correspond is quite beneficial!
I recently created this classic seaside bathroom design board for our guest bathroom, which you can see below!
When I use layers in Photoshop and PicMonkey Pro, I can store a template of each room in our house and then just do easy swaps for each season, saving me from having to start from scratch every time.
See how one of my design boards was brought to life in our spare bedroom!
I really like how mood boards may really assist you in visualizing your area without having to invest in or purchase any goods!
And, to demonstrate even further the adaptability of PicMonkey Pro, I utilized one of their templates to produce the pinnable picture below, which you may use to bookmark this article for later.
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