How To Create a Mood Board

If you are planning to decorate the interior of your room, you begin with the seeds of an idea in your mind or imagination.  Then, to make a visual representation of the design idea that you have in your mind, you create a mood board, which is also known as a design board, sample, board, or a presentation board.  Mood boards are similar to the ones commonly used by interior designers when they prepare a visual rendition of the design concept to show to their clients.  Mood boards can help you a lot, too, in visualizing how you wish your redesigned or redecorated room to appear.  In this article, you will learn some tips and ideas on how to create a mood board.

  • Colors and textures.  Give in to your intuition and desires.  When you choose colors and textures, not all of them will be appealing to you.  Only a few will be able to reach out to you and evoke the kind of mood or feeling that you would like your room to have.  Gather pictures of the items whose colors and textures evoke your desired mood for your room.
  • Furniture and items. You can get a lot of ideas about furniture and other fixtures that you can include in your room decoration.  Good sources of ideas are interior design magazines, books on home decorating, furniture advertisements, and websites about online decoration or home improvement.  Sometimes, a picture of a designed room will appeal to you and catch your attention.  Cut that photo out and include it in your mood board.  You can also cut out the pictures of individual furniture items, fixtures, and accessories that capture your fancy.
  • Fabrics.  You probably have a favorite fabric type or texture.  You will want to include in your mood board the type and texture of the fabric that you’d like to use in your furniture upholstery, as well as in your bed sheets and curtains.  You can get sample pieces of the fabrics that you already have and paste them onto your mood board.  Or, you can also ask for sample pieces from fabric stores.  Some stores can give you samples for free.  Others will charge you a minimal fee.
  • Paint color.  The color of your wall paint is very crucial, as it can either add to the mood or subtract from it.  In your mood board, you can visualize the mood by painting the whole board with your favorite paint color to serve as background or base for your board.  You can buy samples of paint colors from hardware stores.  You can also glue sample swatches of your paint color choices.
  • Arrangement. Visualize the arrangement of your items on your board.  Arrange the furniture and fixtures (i.e., your clippings and cutouts) according to your desire.  To make rearranging easy later, use removable tape or adhesive.  Your mood board is a brainstorming board.  The design on it is not yet final.  So, you will need to add or remove some items later.
  • Lighting. Try to experiment with lighting effects using your mood board, too.  The amount and position of lighting can affect the general feeling of a room.

When you redecorate your room, you will be spending money, time, and effort.  So, to make your room’s interior design look pleasing to you, create a mood board to help you visualize your end results.


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