There’s a reason that creating a vision board is so popular – because they work! It’s not magic unless you think seeing something before you actually create it is magical… and I tend to think that!
Each year we create a vision board for what we want to see in our lives for the year, and even beyond the year. What this does is give us a goal that we can easily see and go after, it gives our minds something to work towards and find solutions for, even in the moments we’re not actively pursuing those dreams.
And alternatively, I use the same concept in design. This is how designers create and design a space! For each room in our home that we’ve remodeled, I’ve created a mood board or vision board of the space, complete with color choices, furniture options and more. This really helps to see how everything will look together before investing time and money into purchases, painting and more. I’ve changed plans and made different choices on furniture and colors just based on how things come together on a vision board, and it makes me SO glad that I took the little bit of time to map it out, instead of buying first and then discovering something didn’t work.
So today I’m Sharing with You just How to Create a Mood Board for a Room Makeover!
Clarify the Focal Point, if you Already Have an Idea of One.
First, start with a focal point. Every room has one. Typically for a bedroom, it’s a bed since it’s the largest item in the room, but that isn’t always the case.
For any room though, it could be a rug, a piece of art, a handed-down furniture piece, shelving, a wall design, etc. So if I already know what a focal point will be for a space, I always start there. Sometimes, though, the focal point comes later.
Photograph the Before
Another thing I do is to take a photo of the space (empty is best!), or even draw it out on paper. Both really help, but I DO like to plan my spaces digitally because then I can screen-grab the actual furniture we’re thinking about from the manufacturer’s website. Plus, it’s ALWAYS great to have the before shots to look back on when you’re done.
Plan your Color Pallet.
While I typically tend to stick to a pretty neutral color pallet throughout the house (which makes this step really easy), I do like a little bit of variation. Plus, from room to room, some of the colors can change. It’s always important to at least choose a color pallet of about 2-4 complimentary colors that you’ll stick with. From there, you can decide how those colors will be used, from paint to flooring, from linens to art and more.
There is a new tool that we’ve been utilizing from Engineered Floors called the EF-EYE Visualizer tool that can help this process by seeing new flooring choices with a simple photo of each room. I LOVE how easy this makes it! With the photo that you already have of your space, you simply upload it to the website, and click through ALL of the different flooring options –– from EF’s Dream Weaver PureColor carpet that doesn’t fade from exposure to the sun and can be cleaned with a bleach solution without spotting to TRIUMPH, the most comprehensive collection of engineered, waterproof flooring with a ceramic bead coating that gives it excellent scratch resistance. Because of the EF-EYE visualizer, you can see the carpet or hard surface products before even making a purchase or having it installed.
Between tools like this AND ordering samples, another option that I highly recommend, I’ve made BIG purchase decisions that I can feel confident about… and through looking at samples, I’ve changed my mind on colors and options based on how an item looks in our space.
Accessorize and Plan.
The next thing I think about adding is natural elements, I love plants and wood accents, so I try to find ways to incorporate those into my design. I also think it’s really important to dress your space, accessorize… for me, this usually entails little bits of gold, marble, mirrors, and prints or wall art. Lastly, I like to think about the ambiance of the room. I believe lighting and scent is a huge part of creating a relaxing atmosphere, I personally like to incorporate fairy lights, lamps, candles and oil diffusers when possible and depending on the room type. All of these items add a bit of warmth, style, and comfort to our space creating a place for us to go and unwind.
These are all items that you can plan for when thinking about how to create a mood board for a room makeover. Find prints or art online that you like. If you have a dresser or item of furniture already, take a photo of it or find a similar one online. Use magazines for inspiration or to find items of decor you’d like to add. This will give you a sense of how to finish and stylize your space.
Put your Mood Board Together.
Now that you’ve taken photos, narrowed down your colors for the room, found items online that you want (or have) for the space and found inspiration or photos for accessories, it’s time to put it all together.
Here you want to decide if you’re going to create a mood board for a room makeover that is digital or analog. If you’re creating it digitally, then you can use a program like Photoshop (this is what I use) or a free online program like Canva, to add in all of the images you’ve been saving. Start with the photo of your room, and save it from the EF-EYE visualizer with your top flooring choice, and then you can add in the other elements, like a paint color swatch, furniture selections, and accessories.
If you’re creating an analog mood board, then start with a large sheet of cardstock and grab your glue! This is how I create vision boards for my year and I love having those tangible goals in front of me. From here you want to print the images you’ve saved, like the photo of your room with the EF-EYE visualizer flooring choice, the furniture you like, and even cutouts or tear sheets from magazines for inspiration. If there are specific items you’ve found that you want to incorporate into your design, make sure to print a photo from the manufacturer’s website and add it to your board. But BEFORE you glue anything, lay out ALL of your prints and pages to cull and sort through what you do and do not want in your design. Once you’ve narrowed down selections to a design you truly love and are proud of, then get to pasting.
That’s it! These 5 steps show you how to create a mood board for a room makeover. Hopefully, through the process, you can narrow down choices, see what works AND what doesn’t and create a plan that you love BEFORE you even make a purchase; leading to a room design that makes you happy without wasting money or time on items that won’t work.
Tabitha has been named Tampa Bay's most influential mommy blogger and is the writer behind FreshMommyBlog.com as well as hosts her own online cooking show, KitchenWise . She has made appearances on Daytime TV and has been featured multiple times in print and online magazines, other blogs and websites. She's a sought after speaker and has represented many large brands as spokesmodel, including Mitsubishi Motors.
In her own words, "I want to live authentically with as much heart as I can muster, loving those around me to their fullest potential and biggest dreams. Yes, maybe a little dramatic, but living fiercely is part of my make up."