Mood boards. You’ve heard everyone talking about them. You’ve seen on blogs and in magazines. Designers use them to present their room design to a client. And if you’re building a house or just redoing a room, you should use a mood board too.
A mood board is “an arrangement of images, materials, pieces of text, etc., intended to evoke or project a particular style or concept”. For use in interior design, a mood board would include fabric swatches, paint chips, pictures of furniture, rugs, lamps, and accessories. This would give you a pretty good idea of how everything works (or what doesn’t work) together as well as the feel (elegant, casual, etc.) of the room. Since we’re building a new house I made one for every room. If I were just redecorating one room I would create just one board. Even though I had created floorplans with furniture for each room when I designed our house, I still created mood boards so I could tweak the designs and finalize my choices. It was also helpful to Sir CB to see everything and give his input.
If you’re like me, you have bookmarked website pages and downloaded images for your design(s). But if not, create a ‘House’ folder in Documents. Then create folders within your House folder for each room you’re working on. Kitchen, Master Bedroom, etc. As you shop online for fabrics, furniture and whatnot, right click the image and save it to the corresponding file. You can also use the Snipping Tool to save pictures.
How to Create a Mood Board
You can go out and buy a bunch of foam boards and start gluing, taping and pinning all of your samples to each board. But that would be a lot of work and take up a lot of space! Yuck! I found an online tool that’s fun, easy, quick and… FREE!
It’s called Olioboard. They have teamed up with One Kings Lane, Hayneedle and The Land of Nod to give you tons of products with which to create your mood boards. You can also upload your own images (that’s where your House folders come in handy).
Start by going to Olioboard.com and sign up. It’s quick & easy – just fill out their registration form with your email, username and password. You can also sign up through Facebook or Twitter. Once that’s done you’re ready to start creating!
Click the CREATE+ to start a new board. On the right side you will see all the tools with tabs and options. You can use backgrounds and textures, set a budget and add text. You can choose items from their affiliated brands and search for them by category.
Or you can upload your own items by clicking the My Items tab and uploading the pictures from your computer. Then just drag the items onto your olioboard. You can enlarge/reduce the size and bring an item forward to be in the forefront or send it behind other items. Be sure to save your work every 10 minutes or so. When you’re done, you can Save Draft or Publish. Another great feature is that you can download your new mood board as a jpeg file. I keep mine in the room folders in my House file.
Update Your Mood Board
You can also edit your boards. I use this feature to see how a piece of furniture or a fabric that I’m considering will work with the items I’ve already chosen. Just click the Me at the top of the page and from the drop down menu choose olioboards. Double click on the board you want to edit, then double click it again to open it. To remove an item, click on it and select REMOVE from the blue menu on the top left sign of the screen. To add items, drag them from the right side tools. If you don’t save your work, it will revert back.
P.S. That’s the board I created for our media room at the top of the page!
Do you have a decorating project that can use a mood board?