Creating a Mood Board

Creating a mood board is an essential part of designing any space.

What is a mood board? By definition, it is: an arrangement of images, materials, pieces of text, etc., intended to evoke or project a particular style or concept.

I’m sure you’re no stranger to hearing about mood boards or seeing them. They’re a great way to create an initial concept for any space in your home, or even multiple updates.

They help you to visualize your design across one plane, instead of trying to look at all of the elements separately.

Mood boards are multipurpose.

Mood boards don’t have to be used JUST for a room design. You can use them when selecting an overall color scheme, creating a wardrobe capsule, updating your website, etc.

Not sure where to start? Grab images that have colors you like or feelings you want the space to convey and start there. Then build off from that.

Here is the mood board I made for my mini website revamp:


In fact, I am in the process of updating some light fixtures in my home, selecting a new side table for the living room, and a hutch/credenza for the dining room. Yes, I am creating a mood board of ideas for all of these.

Sometimes, even if you’re just shopping for 1 item, seeing a few choices put together side by side can help you to determine what you like and don’t like.

Mood boards are also super handy when you don’t know where to start on a room or are having trouble visualizing the completed space.

If you start “window” shopping and then put it all together on a mood board, you can then visually see how it all will look together, without having to spend a dime or leaving your house.

Shopping without getting ready, spending any money, and while drinking a glass of wine? I’m totally in.

Creating a mood board is a time saver! It gives you a clear direction and helps you to visualize your completed project.

Here are a few tips when creating a mood board for a room design:

1. Figure out what, if any, items you’re keeping. Take pictures to incorporate them into your mood board. What do you need for your space? Are you replacing furniture or do you need to add a piece of furniture?

2. Don’t be afraid to use a Pinterest image if you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for. You can keep searching but have that image as your inspiration. I have 2 that I’m using as inspiration for when I finish my dresser.

3. It’s all about layering in items. Start by adding items in that you are 100% certain are going into the space. Again, if you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for, find something that’s a good representation. Then keep adding in items and replacing them until you achieve the look you’re going for.

4. Try to group items together that will be near each other in the space.

5. If you’re in the really early phases, just put all of your inspiration images across one plane, whether that be a mood board or a separate Pinterest board, and see how they look together.

Not sure where to start when creating a mood board?

Over in the Owl Creek Collective community, I’ve put together a mini workshop on creating mood boards that includes free tutorials on my 2 favorite FREE resources that I use for creating mood boards. Access the freebies now!

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