Let’s chat mood boards! I created this mood board, not necessarily for MY living room, but to show you start to finish what I typically do. But to be honest, these are totally my vibes and I would be thrilled if my living room looked like this! I’m going to let you know exactly how I came up with this.
I’ve been creating mood boards for years. I’m a visual learner, and I need to see everything together before I pull the trigger on any interior design project.
The first thing that I do is open Pinterest and start browsing. Search ideas. Here’s a few that I often search for: Neutral decor, whimsical home, modern interiors, floral wallpaper, simple gallery wall ideas, vintage rugs, herringbone tile, french cottage inspired, found wood, velvet pillows, organic modern design, brass light fixtures…. you get the idea!
literally all you need is ONE idea to spark your Pinterest search. It can totally become a rabbit hole.
Start a board and start saving everything that you like to it. It doesnt matter if it doesn’t match or flow, because you’re just trying to figure out what you like right now. Eclectic is perfectly fine. THis board will hopefully start to be filled with your aesthetic.
What room is it that you’re designing? Let’s say its your living room. Then you need to determine what are the items you want to fill the space? Make a list.
Couch, faux tree, Lamps, Rug, Side tables, Mirror
Now look through your board. Did you pin any of those when you were establishing your aesthetic? ahhhh, You were drawn to a camel leather couch. Perfect. Take a screen shot and crop it down small so that only the main image is seen. Go back to Pinterest & browse again.
Also I look on FB marketplace for some one of a kind pieces to add.
Ok, say you want to fill a empty corner with a faux tree. But you have no idea what kind. That’s ok, search for the size of tree: large, realistic faux tree living room. Then, browse until you see one that makes you stop dead in your tracks. Add that baby to your board! Don’t forget to save the items to your pinterest board so that you can go back and reference it to find the original source if you’d like to purchase. it.
Now you have two things for your mood board. Keep going! The more you search on Pinterest, and add things to your board, the more Pinterest will continue to show you things based off of what you have searched for. Because of this, I find lots of my fav things just by browsing the home screen.
Now look for a rug. Are you drawn to neutrals? Rich colors? Soft texture or jute? Search that. Search idea: large, vintage rich colored rug. You know what to do next!
Once you have saved all of your favorite items to your pinterest board and have taken a screenshot and cropped all the images down, you’re ready to create your official mood board.
I make my mood boards on Instagram because it’s super easy and fast! I open IG stories, make the background image white for your base. Start adding your photos one by one. You can rearrange them and make them bigger or smaller to fit your screen. Save your image instead of posting your story, unless you want the world to see of course.
That’s it! I know a lot of people use Canva to create their mood boards, but like I said, I like fast and easy and Canva takes more steps than I’d like.
I hope you found this helpful! Now get out there and create your first mood board babyyyyyyy!