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Mood Boards 101: Master the Art of Mood Boards and Harness Their Transformative Power

December 19, 2023

Discover the enchantment of mood boards, the indispensable design tool that effortlessly captures a mood and lays the foundation for a visionary space. Irrespective of the style of your home project, there is one crucial factor that all successful endeavours share: a shared vision among the builder, designer, and homeowner.

Establishing this shared vision often commences with the creation of a mood board, a comprehensive guide that ensures everyone is on the same page. Read on to understand why crafting a mood board is essential, what elements should be included, and how to embark on this journey yourself.

The Significance of Mood Boards

To begin with, you need to have a thorough understanding of what you hope to achieve with your home project. However, relying solely on words can prove to be inadequate, as subjective terms like “elegant,” “bold,” “airy,” or “cozy” can hold varied interpretations for different individuals. In contrast, a mood board beautifully translates your individual visions into tangible reality, providing a multitude of shared visual references that serve as the guiding light for your project.

Mood boards are not merely sources of inspiration at the project’s inception. They act as lifesavers throughout the entire process, preventing costly re-dos resulting from miscommunication. In fact, mood boards are integral to strategizing and executing. Having these elements established right from the beginning saves you from numerous back-and-forths that can damage your timeline and exceed your budget.

Components of a Mood Board

Ultimately, any element that contributes to crystallizing the desired ambiance of the space deserves a place on the mood board. Draw inspiration from the branding of a distinguished restaurant or captivating coffee shop, an awe-inspiring image of nature discovered on Instagram, a resonating quote or words, paint chip samples from your trusted local hardware store, or even a captivating page from a design magazine.

Architects and interior designers, in particular, focus on incorporating textures, colours, materials, and finishes to envision how elements harmonize within a space. Pay attention to current trends, as they can play a significant role in informing these choices, ensuring they align seamlessly with your personal vision.

Use Your Mood Board to Convey the Desired Look and Feel of the Space

Note as well that contemporary homeowners are increasingly drawn to the modern allure emanating from darker hues. To meet this demand, Marvin Canada added the Gunmetal colour to our Modern collection. Its resounding success inspired us to pair the Gunmetal finish with a myriad of patterns, textiles, and substrates, enabling it to transcend various styles effortlessly. As a result, we are now extending this remarkable finish to our Elevate and Essential collections.

Irrespective of the desired aesthetic, the process of bringing a project to life heavily relies on mixing and matching. Isaacson advises moving towards a physical mood board, incorporating tangible samples such as tile and flooring swatches, and even the hardware for cabinet knobs and faucets.

Creating Your Own Mood Board

Just start! When it comes to embarking on your mood board journey, every individual possesses an innate sense of where to begin. Start with something meaningful to you, be it an heirloom or an inspirational art piece. Avoid overthinking it, and instead, connect with your instincts. Trust that you will continuously refine, edit, and curate more inspiration as you progressively determine the desired look and ambiance.

Originating in the realms of fashion and interior design, mood boards initially took the form of physical pinboards, adorned with paint chips, fabric swatches, and illustrations. Fortunately, the advent of computers liberated our walls from countless nail holes. With just a few clicks on platforms like Pinterest, Instagram, or even image searches on Google, you can easily curate a collection of images for your mood board.

There is no limit to who can embark on such a journey. A variety of web-based tools are available for those interested in collaborating with others. These tools enable you to toss ideas around in real-time to create a mood board that conveys the look and feel of your desired space.

So, are you ready to embrace the transformative power of mood boards for your next project? Be sure to follow us on Pinterest or Instagram for the latest window and door inspiration.



Marvin experts are experienced in working with architects, builders and homeowners to ensure your vision becomes a reality.

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