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How to Use a Moodboard in Home Design

Have you ever had an idea for how you would like a space to come together, but when you walk into that space, you immediately shut down and feel unable to bring that vision to life?

how and why to use a moodboard

I ran into this issue quite a bit when I would work on the design of the first home my husband and I bought together. I would begin a project with so much enthusiasm, but about midway through, my enthusiasm would be replaced by an overwhelming feeling of, well, overwhelm. I would have to step away and, usually, the project would either not be completed or, it would be completed in a way that didn’t leave me entirely happy. When I look back at that house now, in pictures or just from my memory, I feel as though it generally turned out how I wanted but there are still spots where something isn’t quite right (a piece of furniture whose scale is off, for example) and I know I could have planned a bit better.

When we bought our second home, it took me a long time before I began to tackle any of the rooms because I felt like I just wasn’t sure how or where to begin.

Until one night, I was so tired of our boring, beige box of a playroom that I thought I would try my hand at a moodboard.

moodboard for playroom

I made this moodboard for our playroom space. I was so annoyed with that room – it’s huge, and awkward, and I knew it could be utilized better, but I just wasn’t sure how. Plus, I was in major nesting mode (thanks, pregnancy!). It took me about two hours to put the thing together but, once it was done, I had such a fire to complete that room and bring my moodboard to life. And you know what? I did just that, over the next few days, and now when I go upstairs I feel like that room has a pulled together look. And it’s exactly the look I wanted.

I used Olioboard.com to make my moodboard. It’s a free tool, and is so easy to use. Upload your images to the site, and place them on the blank board – that’s it! You can embed links from where the images were found, so you’ll remember where you found that awesome bookshelf or that amazing painting.

The room went from a blank, boring, pointless, under-used box –

To a vibrant, fun, well-loved playroom that we use everyday –

organized playroom

organized playroom

teepee in playroom

organized trains in playroom

organized art supplies playroom

There are still a few things I want to do to the room (blinds in the windows, a television for the TV stand, some more wall art, and some paint on the walls), I can’t deny the fact that the space is now useful. Instead of waiting, and waiting, and waiting to be inspired by something and then hoping that inspiration would lead to an overall look, the moodboard helped me organize my thoughts and it gave me the motivation I needed to finally put the room together.

It may seem like a lot of work to assemble a moodboard, but the payoff is worth it. Taking the time to put together a moodboard helps you –

  • Organize your vision for the room, which eliminates the overwhelming feeling that you have no idea what you’re doing
  • Break down your project into phases, if necessary (create multiple moodboards for each phase)
  • Pre-shop anything you might need, such as furniture, organizational bins, wall art, etc. which gives you an idea on cost and availability
  • Stay on track when it’s time to go shopping; don’t deviate from the general vision you’ve created on your board
  • Nail down your personal aesthetic when it comes to interior design, which will help immensely as you work on other rooms in your house

Do you have any tips on moodboard making that I haven’t covered? Feel free to share them in the comments!