Why You Need A Mood Board For Your Design Project

What is a mood board?

A mood board is described by the dictionary as “an arrangement of images, materials, pieces of text, etc. intended to evoke or project a particular style or concept”. You can create physical and digital versions of mood boards. Physical mood boards are made with swatches of fabric, paint samples and magazine clippings. Digital mood boards are created with appropriate images collected from online sources.

What goes on a mood board?

The contents of your mood board depend on the project you are designing. For example, if you’re designing an interior you may want to include imagery of the theme, furniture, light fittings, text, paint or wallpaper. Or, if you are designing clothing then perhaps you could prepare your mood board with material, magazine clippings, prints that have caught your eye or drawings. There are no rules about what to include on your mood board enjoy getting creative – often the creative process of building a mood board inspires the best design ideas. 

Why make a mood board?

The main purpose of a mood board is to visually communicate an idea or concept. If you have to talk through your design ideas with people, a mood board is the best way to do so. Here at Ceba Solutions, we work alongside our clients to design commercial spaces. Mood boards allow us to ensure we are on the right track and help us communicate our ideas and concepts with the client. Here are some examples of mood boards we have created for projects.

How do I make a mood board?

If you want to create a physical board then you can simply start with some cardboard or a notebook and simply get creative. If you would like to create a digital mood board then there are some great free and paid software programs online than you can access.