One of the great useful skills I learned while studying interior design is making a mood board to get an idea of the style of the project before making any actual plans. The main idea of a mood board is to literally create the mood of the space before any actual products or finishes are chosen. It helps steer the style choices from the start so that the final design will stay cohesive and consistent throughout the project.
Five reasons why mood boards are necessary to start your home project
I always start planning my home décor projects with a mood board whether the project is big or small. It’s a step you don’t want to skip for many reasons. If you’re not yet convinced here’s five reasons why I think it’s a necessity to make a mood board for every single home project.
1. You get a clearer idea of the style of your project
When you start planning a home decorating project the first step is often going to Pinterest. After pinning for a while you’ll have about a million different ideas floating around in your head. It can easily start to feel overwhelming and lead to procrastination (that’s what happens to me every. single. time). But once you start collecting those ideas onto a mood board all of a sudden, the ideas worth keeping become much clearer.
2. You get the broad picture of the items you’ll need to start sourcing next
Once you’ve made the decisions of which ideas and products really work with each other the next step becomes much easier. Even if you can’t get the exact items you have selected for your mood board it helps with sourcing similar items when you already have a collection of images of the style you’re going after.
3. A well-made mood board helps you stick to your planned style throughout your project
It’s very easy to end up buying wrong items when you’re in the furniture store looking without a clear plan of what you should get. You might also end up buying items you find online that seem nice but don’t really work with your overall design plan or the visual of the space you want to create. It’s much easier to stay on course with a mood board to guide you when making purchases.
4. You’ll avoid costly purchasing mistakes when you see which items work together early on
Make a mood board, print it out and bring it with you when it’s time to go shopping. I guarantee you’ll end up saving a ton of money when you have a visual plan with you. You’ll also make the sales associate’s life easier when they can clearly see which items match your needs that they can recommend to you.
5. You’ll get very excited to get to the execution part of the project after seeing your finished mood board – trust me!
Mood boards can also work as a motivation boost to get your project started. Once you see the idea that’s in your head come into a visual form it’s impossible to not get excited. You’re more likely to push off starting to execute your project if it doesn’t feel tangible. Mood board is the first step to make your project come to life and start to feel like it’s an achievable goal.
Keep an open mind and you’ll have so much fun making your mood boards
One thing to keep in mind is to steer away from any judgement and just let the creativity flow. You can always adjust the single elements and build new layers. But to get started you just have to start from somewhere. No judgement. Be patient and keep working on your mood board until the mood feels just right to you. And don’t forget to have fun! You can worry about the specifics later but at this point you should just enjoy your creativity.
To get started you can go to Pinterest and just search the style you want to use. For example, type “bohemian bedroom décor” or “modern interiors” or “eclectic living room furniture” into the search bar. Then just start pinning any and every image that you like. Another good way to get started is to open the websites of your favourite furniture stores and screenshot any products you like that might work for your project.
You only need simple tools to make beautiful mood boards
There are a lot of different tools you can use to make mood boards. The ones I’ve found to be easiest are Style Sourcebook, Canva and PowerPoint. What makes the biggest difference is the ability to remove backgrounds from the images you use and all of these tools offer that option. Of course, Photoshop is also a great tool to use but it definitely has a steeper learning curve to get started with.
I’ve used mood boards that I made during my studies as the pictures in this post. All of these mood boards were made using Style Sourcebook. I like how easy it is to use but since it’s an Australian company the products are from Australian sources. However, you can import your own images so it’s a great tool even if you reside outside of Australia.
Did I manage to get you to consider making a mood board for your next home project?