Mood Board Example

When you come to a designer, you will be asked two important questions, “What is your style?” and “How do you want to feel in your space?” To answer these questions, you could use terminology like modern, Scandinavian, or simple elegance, but being a visual bunch, we think it’s even more helpful to share a mood board or an inspiration board. Sharing imagery that conveys your style and desired feeling is paramount to clear communication with your designer. It helps us understand who you are and what will feel the best to you.

If you’re looking for the right words and terminology to reflect your style, take a look at a blog we wrote about six design themes that may resonate with you.

For the visual portion of communicating your vision with your designer, here are some tips on how to create and share a mood board.

1. A Mood Board or Inspiration Board Should Include

2. Add Everything that Calls to You and then Edit, Edit, Edit

There’s a rule for accessories that is just as true for fashion as it is for interior design. When you’re done selecting your accessories and you’re ready to head out the door, remove at least one item. Applying this rule to a mood board means you should add everything that you like at the beginning. Get your sugar rush on the design candy, but then edit it down to your favourites. You don’t need to show 10 versions of a kitchen. Be ruthless and whittle that down to one or two.

3. Have Fun and Be Free!

Exploring what you like is the fun part. Let your mind be free and be mindful of those gut reactions to the imagery you’re ingesting. You can draw your inspiration from anywhere. As designers, we love textures and shapes. We might look at a plant and use that as inspiration for the colour or texture of a textile. Perhaps you fell in love with a chair you saw at your favourite coffee shop. Snap a photo of it. Anything is fair game for inspiration, so be adventurous.

A Few Mood Board Sites & Apps to Try

Houzz Ideabook

Mood Board Houzz Logo

Houzz is an online platform for everything home related. On this platform, you can find local interior designers, like Krista Hermanson Design & Construction, custom home builders, suppliers and trades. You can also draw inspiration from projects these professionals have produced and easily add them to your mood board that Houzz calls an “Ideabook”. Houzz has countless how-to articles and you can find directions on How to Create and Use Ideabooks using this link. Once you’ve saved your images to your Ideabook, you can share the link to the Ideabook with your designer.

Mood Board Houzz Ideabook



Pinterest Board

Mood Board Pinterest Logo

Pinterest is likely the most recognizable tool for the masses to organize their inspiration for all areas of life. You can have multiple Pinterest boards simultaneously. Alongside that vinarterta recipe you’ve been meaning to try, you can add a kitchen board, a bathroom board, and a living area board. It’s as easy as clicking a little red pin and adding it to a board of your choosing. Share the link(s) to your board(s) with your designer when you’re ready.

Mood Board Pinterest Board



Canva Mood Board Template

Mood Board Canva Logo

Canva is an excellent resource that is loved by many creatives. It’s user-friendly and many of the features and templates are free. Search for a template that you like and customize it using images that delight you. Once you’re satisfied with your design, you can share a link or download a PNG, JPG, or PDF to communicate with your designer.

Mood Board Canva Template



We hope this gave you some good information to get creating your mood board. Finding out what you like is such a beautiful and cathartic experience. When you’re ready to transform this inspiration into reality, let’s talk. We can’t wait for our first design meeting and to help you live the life you want in the home of your dreams!

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