How To Make A Vision Board
Vision board, mood board, image mind-mapping, call it whatever you want! This is my go-to tool for us visual creative types. And I’ll show you my steps into how I gather my images for my boards
Vision boards are a really great reminder of what you want to happen. Your goals, your hopes, your inspirations. Looking at a collection of images that triggers that reaction will help you keep in mind the reason you’re doing something and keep you inspired.
Or maybe you just really like making mood boards. Sometimes you can’t but grab a bunch of images all featuring various shades of millennial pink, and just want to see them all together. And that is hella cool too! Mood boards can be just a super fun creative outlet.
So how do you make a mood/inspiration/vision board?
Back in the day, one used to gather up magazines and books and cut out images that spoke to them and then put them all together on a literal board. I did this when I was a kid with those huge JCPenney catalogs my Grandma would give me when she got the current seasons. It’s a really fun way to make a collage.
But for the use of an inspirational mood board for something very specific, say interior design, using the old paper magazine method can be limiting. Thankfully we have the internet!
Keep reading on as I show you the steps to creating a mood board using just your computer and an internet connection! For this example, I will talk about how to create a mood more for your interior design inspiration.
Step 1: Start by searching Pinterest
…or Google images, or Bing, Instagram, whatever. Just search for a specific interior style you like. Go ahead and take 5-10 minutes to pin or save all the ones that speak to you. Don’t get too caught up in you want your space looking exactly like this. It can be just a certain chair, or the color of the walls, or even just the vibe of the photo. Just gather some images to start.
Step 2: Rinse and repeat!
No, really. Go to your next favorite design style and do the same. Or if you have a specific color that you know you want to incorporate, look for rooms that have that. Pin for a few minutes and then start another search. Once you’ve looked through a handful of niches you’ll be starting to get a better understanding of what you’re looking for. And if you’re at the point where you feel like your eyes are going cross…honey, it’s time to back away from that screen.
Step 3: Reviewing your selection
Look over your inspiration pin board or saved folder and just get a general sense of what’s there. Did you add multiples of any images? Did you grab images of a particular place or are the images leaning towards a certain type of color? Did you think you loved industrial design only to find out you saved like 50 pictures of farmhouse kitchens?
Step 4: Editing your selection
At this point, you are so much closer to finding out what you want your home to look like. Now you just need cut the crap. So go ahead and get rid of anything that makes you wonder why you pinned that!
As you edit down your selection you’ll start to see more of a curated collection of images. There should be common themes showing up. Do you find you really love the feeling of bright white walls? Are you seeing lots of hard lines and shapes? Or is the opposite?
Edit your selection down to a good 10-20 images. If you have more that’s fine.
Optional Step 5: The Finishing Touches
This step is completely optional, but I really enjoy it because it really brings everything together for me. To finish up my vision board, I take all the images I’ve collected and put them onto either a blank Photoshop file or even a word document. Whatever you find is easiest for you to resize and drag around your images.
Then I move all the images onto one page for me to get a holistic look at my design inspiration. If I love a particular image, I may make it larger. If I find then a lot of images are of a specific room I might put those images closer together.
Now you don’t have to do this at all. If you’re feeling like you have a good understanding of what you like and what you’re looking for, then you can go ahead and skip this step.
The End Results
One of the best things about a vision board is the end results. You can just look back at all the images you’ve been finding inspiring and really see what you gravitate towards. When it comes to looking for inspiration this is a great way to figure out what you’ve been inspired by. When it comes to goal setting, having a vision board is an amazing way to remind yourself what you’re striving for!
So I hope this guide has helped and that you’ll go on to create wonderful inspiration boards for yourself.
Do you have a different process for creating your inspiration boards? Let me know how in the comments below! And if you have any amazing vision boards you want to share with me, let me know so I can take a look!
*all images in the screencaps are copyright to their original owners, for specific links to each image used in the vision board and screen caps of my Pinterest boards please visit my bedroom inspiration board on Pinterest!