How To Make A Mood Board– 5 Great Methods

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I hope I’m not the only one that gets stuck when they start a project. You look at this blank box that a room is and then your mind goes just as blank.

A mood board can totally help with that! You can get a quick overview of what you’re going to design with. But do you know how to make a mood board? Which style works for you?

I’ll show you how to make a mood board using 5 different methods. For an easy printable version of these 5 mood board styles, check out my FREE library! Not everybody’s brain works the same so why should their mood board?

By the way, when you have chosen a mood board style, be sure to check out the 28 major interior design styles. It’s a great guide to help you figure out what style you may like and work with best.

Where Should I Start?

Before you even begin to choose a mood board style, you need to begin by choosing an interior design style, or a few, that seem to work for you. Do you tend to leave things on the table? Or do you want something with super clean lines?

I have an article that explains 28 Major Interior Design Styles that will help you to choose something perfect for you. Do not try to create a mood board without having some idea what design style you prefer!

How to make a mood board

How To Make A Mood Board With Pinterest

Cost: Free

Ease Of Use: 7/10

Portability: 10/10

how to make a digital mood board with pinterest

Basically, Pinterest is an online bulletin board. You save ideas to your profile in the form of “pins” that are like papers pinned to a bulletin board. These pins can be accessed at any later date easily from your profile.

Since Pinterest is a visual search engine, imagine Google image search and you have a basic idea, it is great for getting quick ideas. It provides a person with only a few minutes a rapid method of getting ideas for their project.

If you don’t already have one, you can sign up for a free pinterest account at https://www.pinterest.com/. If you want somewhere to start, follow me at Just A Homeowner and you’ll get tons of great ideas for your home.

Who Is This Perfect For?

The Pinterest mood board is perfect for somebody who wants a lot of input all at once. A person who gets distracted when too many ideas are present will struggle with this type of mood board.

You do need to be somewhat internet savy to use Pinterest. If you don’t know how to access your internet, this one probably isn’t for you. However, you don’t need to be a web designer.

Positives

  • Great for people who don’t have a lot of time
  • Perfect for anybody looking for quick inspiration
  • Works on the same process as Google so most people understand it
  • Great for visual people that need to see a project or product
  • Allows for access across phone and computer platforms so you can take your mood board on the go

Negatives

  • Difficult for people who get distracted easily
  • Overwhelming for somebody not used to the platform
  • Does not allow for physical samples

How To Make A Mood Board Using Canva

Cost: Free

Ease Of Use: 6/10

Portability: 10/10

how to make a digital mood board with canva

If you haven’t heard of Canva, I can’t blame you. I hadn’t until recently and now I sob when I think of all the wasted time. Canva is an online graphic design tool that lets you design professional looking mood boards.

Don’t worry, it’s completely free to sign up. They have tons of templates, images, and special effects so that you can make your mood board pop. You do need to have some idea of what you want to end up with before designing or else Canva can overwhelm you.

If you need to sign up for your free Canva account, head over to https://www.canva.com/ to sign up and start designing. I’ve sourced a great starter video that takes 10 minutes to walk you through the basics.

Who Is This Perfect For?

Canva is excellent for people who want to be slightly more independent and creative when they create a mood board. It lets you put anything off the internet onto your mood board so you can be more free.

This option is great for anybody who wants a more professional look to their mood boards. It’s a great option for starting interior designers who want to have a good presentation to a client for example.

Positives

  • Completely free and professional looking graphics
  • Great option for people who want to work independently
  • Tons of free templates, photos, and graphics
  • You have absolutely no boundaries, the entire internet can be used

Negatives

  • Difficult to start for first time users
  • You need to have an end goal in mind for Canva to work well for you
  • Does not allow for physical samples

How To Make A Mood Board In A Binder

Cost: $10

Ease Of Use: 9/10

Portability: 7/10

how to make a mood board with a binder

Aw, the classic binder method. Using a binder allows you to create a mood board with incredible ease and not that much of an investment. You only need to buy a binder and some page protectors.

Binders are also more user friendly since every child uses them from a very young age. By adulthood, anybody can easily figure out how to use a binder so there is no technology barrier.

A binder is the perfect way to allow you to make a mood board that is a combination of your own products and products around you.

Who Is This Perfect For?

Binders are perfect ways to make a mood board for people who draw inspiration from anywhere. You can easily take an article out of a magazine or a plant from your front yard and collect it as inspiration.

This is the perfect method of making a mood board for people who don’t really love technology but want something portable. Binders fit into backpacks very easily.

I would recommend a heavy duty, 2″, D-ring binder to protect your samples and an inexpensive pack of page protectors to keep your pages in. Page protectors do allow you to keep small physical samples.

Positives

  • This is the perfect combination of low-tech and portable
  • Great for somebody nervous about using computers
  • Good option for small physical samples you may need like fabric swatches

Negatives

  • Does not allow for large physical samples
  • Binders and page protectors do require a small upfront cost
  • Difficult to share with somebody far away

How To Make A Mood Board With A Corkboard

Cost: $7

Ease Of Use: 10/10

Portability: 5/10

how to make a mood board with a corkboard

You cannot find a more classic option for a mood board than a corkboard and some push pins. This method of creating a mood board is amazing for people who want to “take a step back” and look at the whole design at once.

This is how many professionals prefer to make their mood boards for their own personal use since it allows for quick alterations. There is no logging in and there is no question what is on which mood board.

This lets the user juggle many different projects at once. Even the standard homeowner can benefit from this since you could be designing multiple rooms at a single time.

Who Is This Perfect For?

Anybody who is designing multiple designs will appreciate the corkboard method. A corkboard allows for incredibly fast changes to your design.

You should also consider a corkboard method if you are nervous around technology. If you are confused by how the internet works, this is a great way to make a mood board without a computer.

Positives

  • Low technology option for a professional mood board
  • Allows for lightweight physical samples
  • Gives the user a quick option for altering design options

Negatives

  • Not a portable option
  • Takes up space on the wall

How To Make A Mood Board In A Box

Cost: $2

Ease Of Use: 10/10

Portability: 7/10

how to make a mood board in a box

A box allows for the ultimate in flexibility. Anything can be put into a box to allow a designer to get a completely unique design.

There is no requirement as to the size of box either. You can use anything from a moving box to a shoe box if you want. A box also lets you keep all sorts of physical samples available if you need them.

Who Is This Perfect For?

This is the most low tech option available to a designer. If you are collecting things that you want to put together for a design, rather than pile it all on the floor you can put it in a box.

This does not allow as much flexibility as other styles so it’s good to be working on a single design at a time. The ease of this style allows people short on time to work on their designs though.

Positives

  • Super low tech and easy to implement
  • Does not take up too much space in your home and can easily be stored out of sight
  • Lets you store large physical samples

Negatives

  • Least professional looking mood board style
  • Does not allow for quick removal of items/ideas
  • Difficult to organize paper articles or pieces of samples

Final Thoughts

If you are wondering how to make a mood board, just start with something. You will find that some mood boards work better for you than others. You will also find that the perfect mood board for one project may not work great for others.

Don’t overthink it when you are trying to figure out how to make a mood board. Let yourself gather a bunch of different items that you love and let that drive your design.

Most importantly, if you are wondering whether or not you should put something on your mood board, remember the interior design style that you selected in the beginning before you started to collect your inspiration pieces.

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