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How to Create a Mood Board

How to Create a Mood Board

Mood board with farmhouse style home images

In planning for a room refresh, remodel or renovation, dreaming is the fun part. Other parts of the project, like deciding on layout, creating a budget and sourcing items (more on those later) can be tedious, but dreaming up a vision is the heart and soul of a room refresh. Step one is to create a room vision, and step two is to gather inspiration, starting with a mood board. But how should you go about it?

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European farmhouse style sink area in kitchen with farmhouse sink
Deb Foglia’s kitchen shows off traditional farmhouse features like an apron-front sink and open shelves, but also has European touches such as diamond paned windows. Image by Ryan Liu.

Gather Your Resources

Where should you look for the items in your mood board? Pinterest is a great place to start (check out our farmhouse-filled boards!), as well as other social media sites you use, such as Facebook and Instagram (hint: we have content for you there too!).

You can also get inspiration from hardback, physical sources as well. If you’re not already subscribed to American Farmhouse Style, planning a room refresh or remodel is a great time to do that because we have tons of inspiration and ideas for you! You can also look at home decor books and company catalogs (Ikea has a great inspiration-filled catalog) for sources.

Repaint kitchen cabinets to white with farmhouse style
This DIY kitchen has hand painted cabinets that transformed it from ’80s drab to farmhouse fab. Image by Victoria Van Vlear

Consolidate Your Mood Board

The next step is to find a place to consolidate all the pictures you find that you love. If you like to look at ideas digitally, you can create a board on Pinterest for your remodel, or take screen shots of your favorite ideas and put them into a photo album on your phone. You could even save a collection of photos on Instagram, using the bookmark icon on the right side under the photo.

Physical mood boards are great too, because you can move images around to group by color, style, texture, etc. Cut pictures out of magazines and books, or print pictures off the Internet you love, then assemble them on a big poster board or pin them onto a cork board to consider.

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Analyze Your Mood Board

Once you’ve saved pictures you love, it’s time to analyze that mood board. Take a look at the overall mood board and notice the elements that come up again and again. Is it a certain color palette? A type of layout or furniture? How about a material? If the photos you’ve saved consistently have a herringbone tile or flooring pattern, then maybe that means you should use herringbone in the reclaimed wood wall you plan to DIY.

And you don’t have to just look through pictures of the room you plan to remodel. If you’re renovating your kitchen, for example, and photos you love consistently have German Schmear in the form of mantels, exposed brick walls and exteriors, then maybe that’s an indication that your backsplash should be brick with German schmear paint technique.

Outdoor porch with chairs and table for a mood board
From our 2019 project house. Photograph by Ridgelight Studio LLC.

Write Down Your Thoughts

As you discover these “Aha!” moments in what you love, don’t forget to write them down! Whether it’s a furniture outline, type of architectural style or color scheme, these elements will all help you assemble the actionable items you’ll take as you remodel your room.


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