Why moodboard is so efficient?

Mood board is tool to organize your ideas, to have a overview.

what do you need to buy, why, if they will be harmonious in your space.

Sometimes you buy table and you buy wrong chair it doesn’t fit in the style of your living room.

The moodboard give you an perspective for your room, what you should buy and what you should avoid.

A easy way to start your mood board is for


you select some photos of your main idea

what you can after you can start select your favorite style

depends on the room you are going to design my suggestion is always select the big furniture first, until you select the little itens.

the furniture is the most expensive and the hard decision to make, since you have this settled the others things it comes together.

Whether we are actively planning a project or in the dreaming phase, an interior design mood board is a first step in getting our projects off the ground, nudging us from the dreaming and idea phase to planning and doing.

The purpose of a mood board is to help explore ideas and figure out the general style, mood, colors, and overall feel of a room or project space.

Ask any interior designer, and they will say the mood board is their go-to tool for the initial planning phase of a space. It’s a means of visually communicating ideas for a design project.

The mood board lets you put your ideas together in one place, then take a step back to see what works together harmoniously and what doesn’t to inform your design direction and avoid potentially costly mistakes down the road.

If it’s for your own home project, you can use it to clarify ideas swirling in your head or to communicate those ideas (and get buy-in!) with your significant other.

If you’re creating a mood board for a client, it sets the design direction of the project. You’ll present one or more idea boards to your client to see how they react. They can then provide feedback on whether you’re on the right track of what they envisioned.

You don’t need to have all of your ideas completely pre-determined by any means, but having general ideas ahead of time about the overall direction for your project will provide guidance for your choices as you progress.

Getting down to brass tacks, it’s a wise idea to create an idea board before you spend any of your (or your client’s) hard-earned money or waste much of your valuable time. The last thing you want is to have put several hours into a project only to hear that it’s not going in the right direction.

Once you have your mood board and are ready to move forward, I recommend reading my post on How to Design a Room.

So how to create a mood board? Read on and I’ll explain all about it.

How to make your mood board - method #1 My favorite quick and dirty way to create a mood board is to make a Pinterest board. Start pinning rooms, color schemes, furniture and accessories that you like. Try to avoid having too many preconceived ideas and just start pinning what appeals to you.

  • Look for the individual shots of furniture with only the plain white background so you can see it alone with your other items without the “visual noise” of a staged room scene.

  • if you can’t find the piece you’re interested in already on Pinterest, go to the manufacturer’s website and look for the Pinterest “pin” icon to come up on most all product website images. Clicking on this allows you to pin directly from a brand’s site.

  • It’s red with the Pinterest “P” - you can hover over any of my images and do the same.

Be sure to include all the elements of your space. It can be easy to forget the more boring but important pieces like window treatments or flooring (which is what I did in my first Affinity board further down). Pinterest makes it easy-peasy to go back in and add/subtract to your board til your heart’s content. Idea Board design elements

  • Overall “feel”, mood, or room-style inspiration pins for your space

  • Furniture pieces - both representing what you already own and new pieces you’ll need so you can see how they will work together

  • Artwork

  • Rugs

  • Window treatments

  • Paint swatches (these vary wildly when digitized and on monitors vrs reality. Check out my post on picking paint colors.)

  • Flooring

  • Accessories

Once your mood board is complete, take a step back and mull it over. Give it some time to percolate in your head. Once your ideas have marinated for a while, make any edits or adjustments if anything just doesn’t feel right. I’m big on “gut checks” with design and life in general. So pay attention to this feeling, and don’t try to force a round peg into a square hole so to speak.

View fullsizeThe Greenhouse Studio home office mood board created in Pinterest.

Pinterest mood boards vrs. graphic design program mood boards Again, the great thing about a Pinterest idea board is that it’s easy and quick. Going back in and making changes doesn’t feel like a chore. It will work for any homeowner’s purposes and even for professional designers. (And can connect to professional design software like Morpholio.) In fact, a problem with some of these mood board/design process tools is that even though they’re just that; a tool for the design process, they’re often a lot of work to create. (More than meets the client’s eye anyway!) The unintended consequence can be that sometimes we’re hesitant to change them up and deconstruct them when they need it because of what’s gone into their creation. I especially think about this in relation to old school hand drafting. I bet architectural and landscape architectural plans were modified waaay less back in the day of blueprints because it literally required the designer to go back to the drawing board for every. single. change. '

Case in point: I used to painstakingly create my landscape plant palettes for clients using Adobe InDesign to show clients what the plants I’d specified for their planting plans actually look like. By the time I’d tracked down suitable plant images, saved them, cropped them in Photoshop, created the InDesign document, placed the images in InDesign, lined them up, and typed and lined up the labels/text, and then have it professionally printed, it was a lot of time! (Which I’m sure the client just thought I’d whipped up without a second thought. As if!) Now I create Pinterest boards for clients, and no one has complained yet. (I still use the Adobe Suite for many other purposes - see below.) I can share the board with them via Pinterest, and they can add their own ideas to it if they want.

View fullsizeI used to layout my planting list pages in Adobe InDesign and then print them as 11”x17” sheets. Now I use Pinterest boards for planting list “mood boards,” but I still use InDesign for creating multi-page graphical PDFs like my blog opt-in Design Guide.

Digitally portable mood board files One reason you might think you need to create your mood board in a graphics program is that you want it to be digitally portable, whereas your Pinterest board has to stay on Pinterest. You want an actual file to send to clients or to use somewhere other than Pinterest. Enter one of my favorite apps, the free GoFullPage Screen Capture. It’s a Google Chrome extension you can install, so it will sit on the upper right of your Chrome browser. Click it, and it will take a full screen capture of everything you have on that screen, including your mile long, scrolling mood board. The difference from a a typical screen shot is that is can only capture what’s visible on your monitor. You can save it as either one continuous PNG file or as a PDF where it’s broken up into pages. Voila!

View fullsizeA screen capture of the Greenhouse Studio “Garden Rooms” Pinterest board taken with Google Chrome’s free extension “GoFullPage” Screen Capture.” Viewing the board on Pinterest requires scrolling, but the extension captures it all in one click.

Just type in “full page screen capture” and it’s the first thing that comes up.

View fullsizeType “full page screen capture” and you’ll be directed to the Chrome Web Store where you can install it for free with a single click. View fullsizeOnce installed, you can find it on the upper-right side of your Google Chrome browser.

Mood board wrap up Whatever means you use to create your idea board, just know that it’s a great tool for pulling your design ideas into one place side by side, and seeing how they work together. Make your board and then take a step back - what do you think? Do you like what you see and does it make you feel good? Great! If not, tweak your ideas and swap in and out other ideas, furniture, colors etc until it works the way you want it to. Most of all, take your time and have fun with it. It often takes a while to get our projects rolling, whether we’re our own “clients” or professional designers, so we might as well make the most out of enjoying our planning process.

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