15 Applications for Making Mood Boards
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Get Inspired: We have 15 Mood Board Creation Tools for INTERIOR DESIGN.
The Purpose of a Mood Board
is to act as a visual tool for talking to clients about concepts, branding your business, or reviewing color and the primary impression of your lifestyle to create ideas for your home. Picking out and curating images can help you find and learn more about your style preferences.
Mood Board tells the story of color, texture, pattern, mood
A mood board is very useful in the beginning stages of a project. This is a visual tool that helps yo define your style and preferences and is especially helpful when designing your home. You create a collection that delights you, and you can start to see them for your preferences.
Types of Mood Boards
There are different types of mood boards. They are concept tools used in Interior Design, Fashion, and Business Branding just to name a few.
Gucci by Alessandro Michele: Show Moodboards
For Interiors, a physical mood board will contain product images and materials. I love adding elements I picked up on a hike or a visit to the beach into mood boards to help us connect to nature and its color palate.
Other types of mood boards/concept boards are electronic. These are image collections creating a mood, like this one show by June Letters.
These are both effective and the choice to use one or the other it is dependent on the overall budget, as well as the tools and resources available to you.
Digital Mood Boards
This is another quick electronic mood board I created for another design consultation for a luxury dining room with handmade items as the main feature. The client loved a boutique in Manhattan that I sent them to visit, and I then created this visual to help direct them through their selections and to communicate a feel and style.
Many times I will choose electronic over actual materials depending on the project scope and fee. Using the electronic concept method is great if you have a couple of hours to create a material mood board.
Anyone who has attended design school knows that material boards / physical mood boards can take a long time to beautiful perfection. Sometimes paying for 10 -15 hours for the beautiful board, isn't how a client would choose to spend a portion of the design fee.
These tools for-a small or budget project will keep them simple yet effective for great communication and a streamlined process.
How to Make a Digital Mood Board. 15 Great Resources
APPLICATIONS and RESOURCES
Here are some tools to make a Mood Board for Interior Design Presentations.
ADOBE SPARK : FREE
“Mood Boards creation is free!
Bonus application: You can also take it one step further and Create branded social videos with Spark premium. Only $9.99/month. Iconic Imagery. Mobile and web. Premium Tools & Effects. Beautiful Typography. Share everywhere. Free Professional Themes. Auto Add Cinematic Motion.
2. ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR: This is a simpler version than the profession Photoshop
Many times I will start on Pinterest, and pin images to a secret board. From there I use images to create my mood board.
Adobe Illustrator Single App
Get Illustrator as part of Creative Cloud for just US$20.99/mo.
3. GOOGLE SLIDES:
Yes, my friend Carla Aston shared this little trick with me. The best part, they are FREE!
This is a company that offers training and courses on creating beautiful mood boards like this.
Collaborate for free with an online version of Microsoft PowerPoint. Save presentations in OneDrive. Share them with others and work together at the same time.
Create beautiful designs with your team. Use Canvas's drag-and-drop feature and layouts to design, share and print business cards, logos, presentations and more.
Canva also has many great tools like the Pallett Generator!
8. PAGES :
“Pages is a powerful word processor that lets you create stunning documents. You can even use Apple Pencil on your iPad to add comments and illustrations by hand. And with real-time collaboration, your team can work together, whether they're on Mac, iPad, or iPhone, or using a PC.” I use pages for all my E-Books, Team Yearbook collages and more. Its an easy tool. I like easy.
Tip: Use insta alpha in the PAGES PROGRAM and remove backgrounds.
or ClippingMagic.com, removes image backgrounds too.
Another Apple program that is easy to use. Keynote makes it easy to create stunning and memorable presentations. You can even remove backgrounds!
10. DESIGN FILES: (*****) Five Stars
Design Files. Online Interior Design Platform has it all. This program saves the location of the file, price, description and more. You can also send the doc to the client w approve/reject buttons and control what they see like price, description and more. It’s a game-changer.
Plus you can invoice from the project all items on your mood board!
Plus…. you can remove backgrounds from products!!!
StarterFor early-stage professionals,students & side businesses
3 Client Projects Total
1 Designer Account
All Features Included
Priority 5-Star Support
Join DesignFiles’ Community
HOME DESIGN SOFTWARE: Create 2D / 3D FLOOR PLANS, shopping lists, and 3D showcase views.
This is what a SHOPPING LIST looks like.
Sample 3D views : Homestyler
Make an impression in print.
Design everything from stationery, flyers, and posters to brochures, annual reports, magazines, and books. With professional layout and typesetting tools, you can create multicolumn pages that feature stylish typography and rich graphics, images, and tables. And you can prep your documents for printing in just a few clicks.
BTW: Polyvore: Where is Polyvore?
This site has shut down as of 2019. The options above are much better anyway.
It should be easy for a client to say what is going where all together this list would not be complete without a mention of Pinterest. We collaborate with clients through the project on a group board of ideas. Here is my one of my most popular boards: dvd Interior Design : Kitchens
Collect and play with images. It is best to create these boards over a few days. Add and remove images and materials as more oar contributed. This is something the is learned through doing. Enjoy the process and learn to move things around and edit with the clients' input and responses. Use your keywords (only 2-3 is best) and allow the board to communicate these words with better depth and understanding.
12. PHOTOSHOP: ADOBE
Great imaging and photography tool. I may have saved the best for last….
Whether you’re looking for everyday edits or total transformations, our graphic design software offers a complete set of professional photography tools to turn your snapshots into works of art. Adjust, crop, remove objects, retouch, and repair old photos. Play with color, effects, and more to turn the ordinary into something extraordinary. Lots of tutorials and great results. I like that can remove the background from any image!!!! There are other apps that help you with this too, but its nice to work on something all in one place.
Adobe Photoshop Single App
Get Photoshop as part of Creative Cloud for just US$20.99/mo.
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13. Millanote: FREE
Milanote is an easy-to-use tool to organize your ideas and projects into visual boards.
How A Mood Board Can Win You the Project
It can be difficult to define emotion with words. He says, Asian calmness, and she says modern classic. These are just words. I find over and over that despite words, many times a couple will have a common ground or person will want something in words, yet visually something else altogether. A mood board is a nonverbal approach for designing and defining your look.
Creating the mood board helps you to be clear about your design direction and thoughts that you are presenting.
A mood board also helps you, the designer, visualize the design of a room, get a better sense of the finished space, and identify pieces that will complement the look as your move into the selection and specification process.
Having a mood board helps you work with clients and yourself to narrow your focus, provide inspiration, create a vision that relates well to your brand for business, and lifestyle for home
So the tips to the layout would be to make your main piece of furniture the largest. Then, you work from there. I would place the lighting near to the pieces they will be next to. The flooring options, the accent chair options, and accessories, etc..
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Pages: Apple iMac
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