Some people call them mood boards. Some call them design boards.
I like to refer to them as “the way I don’t eff up an entire room makeover.”
Potayto, potahto. Tomayto, tomahto.
Seriously though, design boards, mood boards, whatever you want to call them are so damn helpful when it comes to seeing what will and what won’t work together in a space. Before you go and buy everything for a room, you can actually get a pretty good idea of how it’s going to look all put together and change things as needed.
I can’t tell you how many times these little gems have helped me sift through twenty different pillow options to find the two combinations that actually worked together or saved me from painting a room a color that would have absolutely looked terrible with everything else in the room.
And the best thing about mood boards?
They are so easy to whip up.
Like once you see how easy, you’re going to be like, “OMG, I have so much more time to drink now since I don’t have to stress over color combinations anymore!”
Ok, well I would drink anyway.
And so would you.
Let’s just be honest about that.
Seriously though, this tutorial will save you time and money in the decorating department and at the doctor’s office because you won’t need Botox injections for new wrinkles due to stressing. 😉
How to Make Mood Boards
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Both of the them have their advantages and disadvantages. I think Olioboard can be a bit intimidating at first, as there is a lot going on when you click over to their site, however Olioboard can automatically erase backgrounds from product images for you, so that saves you a ton of time and helps you figure out what works best together easier.
I don’t think PicMonkey is as intimidating as Olioboard because it is pretty easy to navigate, however PicMonkey can’t automatically take out product backgrounds. You can do it on there, but it takes a lot more time. That being said, I used to solely use PicMonkey for mood boards, until I discovered how easy it is to use Olioboard.
For this tutorial on how to make design boards, I’m going to show you how to do them using Olioboard. If some of you still want to see a tutorial on how to make them using PicMonkey, then just let me know in the comments and I’ll be happy to do a post on that method for mood boards as well.
Create an account on Olioboard. You can pay for an upgraded account, but I’ve found the free version works just fine for me.
Since this is a project that is basically all done on a computer, I felt it best to make a screen share video walking you through the steps of how to make a mood board. Watch the video below for step-by-step instructions.
Pretty easy, right? #toldyaso 😉
One other thing to note that I neglected to mention in the video:
You can pull stock backgrounds and textures from Olioboard into your spaces if you click on Backgrounds in the box on the right where you uploaded or searched for your product images.
These can be helpful if you want to pull in a similar wall or flooring that you may have in your home to check to see how it will work with your design ideas.
They also have text, color schemes and budget tools, but those are features you have to pay for. If I want to add text to my boards, then after saving the board to my computer, I usually go to PicMonkey and add a text overlay onto the image.
If you have any questions or are confused about anything, let me know in the comments! And if you still want a tutorial on how to do these using PicMonkey, let me know that too!
Cheers to not screwing up room makeovers!