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Want Better Mood Boards? Change YOUR Mindset!

WE THOUGHT THIS WAS GOING TO BE SUPER EASY: CREATE A NEW MOOD BOARD COURSE THAT TEACHES INTERIOR DESIGNERS HOW TO PRODUCE PROFESSIONAL MOOD BOARDS (INCLUDING PRESENTATION TECHNIQUES) AND SIT BACK WHILE OUR STUDENTS PUMP OUT AWESOME MOOD BOARDS.  

BUT IT DIDN’T QUITE WORK OUT LIKE THIS…

Don’t get me wrong, there were lots of excited Interior Designers taking our new mood board course, and they were creating better mood boards but there was a fundamental issue that we kept witnessing, every time we saw a new mood board posted in our Facebook Group or on Instagram.

Interior Designers were using our recommended layouts but they were still using old/bad habits when choosing/inserting images into their mood boards, after taking our course.

WE WEREN’T PREPARED FOR THIS. BUT WE KNEW WE HAD TO ADDRESS THIS HEAD-ON IF WE WANTED TO ENSURE OUR STUDENTS PRODUCED BALANCED, STRUCTURED AND COHESIVE MOOD BOARDS; JUST LIKE THE ONES WE TEACH IN OUR COURSE.

 

Grid Style Mood Board

Let’s get one thing straight: the reason the mood board above looks effortlessly beautiful is because all of the individual elements of this mood board work together to create ONE balanced and cohesive document.

What individual elements are we referring to?

front facing images

mix of scales with good proportions

combination of inspiration/product shots

 

THE MINUTE YOU DEVIATE FROM THESE RECOMMENDED INDIVIDUAL ELEMENTS, YOU’RE AT RISK OF PRODUCING A LESS IMPRESSIVE MOOD BOARD. 

 

Our mood board course isn’t just about learning how to use Canva and Photoshop to create mood boards. It’s also about how to choose and curate images with INTENTION. If you want to create balance and structure, you need to start considering the type of image that will suit your mood board and its overall composition. If you wish to elevate the standard of your mood boards then you need to start changing your mindset:

 

you need to stop forcing images onto a mood board that look out of place (like angled products or images that are too small)

you should be more selective with the types of images you’re going to include and most likely will have to start REDUCING the number of images (including too many images happens A LOT – mood boards don’t need to include EVERY single product or material)

you will need to take a step back and consider the overall flow of the mood board and whether it is balanced and cohesive

 

I get it: you’re Interior Designers, not Graphic Designers but it’s still imperative that you take the necessary time to consider whether the images you’re including in your mood board are actually enhancing it; otherwise what’s the point?!

I have gone into a lot of detail as to why I chose and positioned the images on the mood boards in our new mood board course and you really need to pay attention to this to help you improve your skill and knowledge in this area. It’s such a waste of your time to take our course and then continue to choose images for your mood board using your old habits of ‘that’ll do’.

 

Magazine Style Mood Board – Definitely NOT produced using a ‘that’ll do’ mindset!

The days of chucking images on a screen and hoping for the best are gone! This course is about encouraging you to put more thought into your image selection and placement so that the final result is much more professional.

This course is going to be more of a learning journey than you realise!

We would encourage you to continually take a step back and ask yourself if the image you’ve included ENHANCES or INTERRUPTS the flow of your mood board. If in doubt, contact us or post your mood board in our Facebook Group for a second opinion.

TOP TIP: Just like the SketchUp course; I would ask you to create the SAME mood boards that I create in this course so that you can see for yourselves, how the mood board is gradually created, including the actions I undertake to the images: like cropping, resizing, duplicating and colour correction.

We hope you found this useful! Drop a comment below if you would like to get involved in this discussion!

REGISTER WITH THE SKETCHUP HUB TO DOWNLOAD OUR FREE EBOOK FOR MORE DETAILED ADVICE ON HOW TO PRODUCE STRUCTURED AND BALANCED MOOD BOARDS (YOU’LL GET ONE FOR FLOOR PLANS TOO!) 

READY TO GO ALL-IN?! CLICK HERE TO TAKE OUR ONLINE MOOD BOARD COURSE! WHERE WE SHOW YOU HOW TO CREATE PROFESSIONAL MOOD BOARDS USING CANVA AND PHOTOSHOP.

 

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2 responses on "Want Better Mood Boards? Change YOUR Mindset!"

  1. A great blog post Anita. I would certainly second your comment that students should create the mood boards in the tutorials first before branching out and making their own. This gives a better understanding of the whole process.

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