The Guide to Create a visual map (mood board) for your space
The struggle is real when we need to find our way to a new address. I don’t know how people back in the day made their way around.
But thank goodness someone invented a GPS. To make things even better, a cell phone (with data) is all we need get around stress free these days.
A step process simple as a cell makes our driving journey enjoyable. To action our space, we also need a sort of a GPS which is a mood board. It puts our mind at ease.
The concept eliminates the lingering thoughts. It helps visualize our actions in the space.
We embrace directions with confidence because we know our destination. A mood board show us what we are trying to do in the space.
This is a fancy word designers and other creatives use to guide their client.
To end the stress of creating, many free apps have seen the day to ease the creation of mood boards.
We no longer have to spend hours trying to figure out the technology to make beautiful vision boards.
The concept is now accessible to all, for free, and very user friendly.
Why use a mood board?
Mood board helps to create a visual map guide attention to the right direction. It provides an easy path to follow.
This makes it easier to navigate to lead to the final destination to transform the space.
A place does not feel complete with furniture. Furniture are essential pieces but the feel of pace is as important as the look.
A mood board keep us in check so we don’t go off track.
We can either go digital or physical with a mood board. Mood board on a computer or any other device is now faster, cleaner, and mess free compared to a physical board.
For these reasons, I am rooting for the digital one. Because no one has the time to get dirty sticky fingers that will need serious scrubbing to clean out the glue.
Mood board break down, what should we include?
Your own captured items
After we declutter, we can select items that we want to keep in the space. We photograph these items to include them on the mood board.
This is a collection of the pictures we collect. It is the images of our lifestyle, at glance. It portrays how we want the space to feel.
It does not have to stop on the mood, it could be a room layout. The focal point in the space you want to highlight.
Choose the colour you want throughout the space. Dark or light.
Think on how you want it in the space, it could be a combination.
Imagine the look you are going for. See how it will work with the space you are wishing to create, and state where you want it in the space.
It can be from accessories, pillows, flowers, vases, or paint.
Textures, Patterns, and Materials
It is important to visualize how materials will look and feel in the space. Be it if we prefer smooth or rough, soft or hard, coarse or fine, matt or glossy, silk, woven, velvet or embroidered.
The texture can make a room feel warm or cold. It set in a tone in the space, and makes the room pop.
Materials like stone, marble, metal, wood could be on display on your board. It brings in the experience and set in the vibe we want in the space.
These are the things that make a room feel complete.
We become comfortable in our home with the things we put in our space.
Colours, layout and fabric can fuel positive feelings, and improve our mood in the space.
How to create a mood board with Free templates (in no time)
If you are not tech savvy, no panic, these four apps will get you started. They let you bring your mood board to life in no time.
I have tried them, to create vision boards. I listed them in no particular other. You can use them too to set a tone for your room transformation.
The good thing about these app is that you don’t need to be all tech savvy to use them.
The process is simple.
You collect images you want to use. Take a break. Leave it. Come back later. Plug images of your styles. Take a break. Leave it. Come back later. Add notes. Save your creation, and done.
Try one of these 4 free templates to create your jaw-dropping mood board.
Select get Canva free. Create your account and log in.
You can put your imagination on display.
You can either create from scratch. Or use an existing template to turn your imagination into a visual map.
Do a template search with a keyword search. Or head in the category section to select what you are attempting to do.
Select a blank layout( or a mood board template). Add desired images, edit, add texts, descriptions, choose fonts. Keep on plugging in pictures from your collection.
Canva has an auto save built in. All your creations will save in the design folder for future reference. You have the option to upload your creation on your device when finished.
You can use this to create a visual collection of your room transformation.
You can make an arrangement of images, materials with this digital mood board. You can find inspiration and create your mood board all at once.
You create your board, you name it. Search with keywords. Click and select the search result that captures you, save it, and repeat. You can create as many boards as you like.
Simplify your transformation with a collage.
Great collage platform when you are looking to define your visual direction. This app here comes in handy for any inspiration need.
No need to sign in. you can create anonymously and leave incognito.
You select the images you wish to upload from your computer and the system creates a collage for you.
It provides a grid template to drag and drop. it allows you to add lots of images, no restriction pop up. It has effects and filters that allows to style, edit, and manipulate image with ease.
You can add a title on your creation for a finishing touch.
You have three options to choose from to export your image, your collage. Voila, you are all done. You can do all this without login or signing in, which is amazing.
You can make beautiful mood board.
The sign up is straightforward, you sign up with your Gmail account.
If you don’t have a Gmail, no worries, you can still sign up and follow the instructions, it is self-explanatory.
Don’t let anything intimidate you after the sign in. Skip the “title” selection part all together, go straight in.
Nothing complicated once you are in, there will be “pop ups” to direct you. After that, it is a matter of dragging and dropping.
You can upload file from your computer. The other option is to add images from the search screen the app provides. The search tool gives you access to a pool of image selection you can use.
What I loved about this app is that you can add in notes, checklist, insert comments which comes in handy. You can capture the ideas you want with added texts.
When you feel that your board is complete, you can export your file and save it in your computer for reference.
These templates are simple, all it took was log in, upload images, drag and drop, write notes, and save.
Now your turn, try it out!
A home is what you make of it!
An inspired timeless space does not mean compromising on style.
It should show who we are what we value, and our taste. let’s learn to create rooms that move, and inspire us.