How to create a Mood Board with Canva - Visualize your home before starting renovations

Let me guess: you’re here because you’re planning to renovate your home but find it difficult to imagine how all the different design elements will work together?

You’re not alone!
It’s a problem many people struggle with, but luckily the solution is very simple – create a “Mood Board”.

A Mood Board is THE most important visual tool to help you put all of your design ideas in one place, allowing you to see how they fit together and visualize your space before making changes.

Now, I do have to say one thing though:
Many people, including some designers, use the term Mood Board incorrectly.
They show a picture collage of furniture, accessories and materials and call that a Mood Board.
But that’s wrong! It’s a Design Concept, or Concept Board, and it’s actually the next step after creating a Mood Board.

In this blog post, I’ll use the terms Mood Board and Design Concept correctly, and show you how to create them with Canva, my favourite online design tool.

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Hi, I’m Nadine

Interior design expert, globetrotter and the creative mind behind this blog and NH.DESIGN.

I’m originally from Germany but have been living abroad for over 10 years, from Canada and the UK to Sweden.

So I ask myself the question what “home” means every day.
I have made it my mission to help as many people as possible to find their own answer to this.

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Getting started - Collect all the inspiration

Before you start creating your Mood Board, you need to collect inspiration.
Places like Pinterest, Instagram, Houzz, magazines or interior design blogs are great to get an idea of the style, colour scheme, and decor that you like.
Save images that catch your eye and keep them in a folder or on a Pinterest board.

Find great inspiration to get you started on my Pinterest Boards!

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Pro tip:

To avoid the Pinterest rabbit hole, only pin about 20-30 images at a time. Then create a first draft of your Mood Board and see how your ideas look together. Edit, and repeat.

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    Create your Mood Board with Canva

    Once you’ve collected all your inspiration, it’s time to start creating your Mood Board with Canva.
    Here’s how:

    1. Sign up for a Canva account.
      It’s free, and you can sign up using your email or social media account.

    2. Choose the “Mood Board” template from the “Create a design” menu.

    3. Upload all the images you have for inspiration.
      You can also search for images in Canva’s library of stock images.

    4. Arrange the images, resizing and rotating them as needed.
      You can also add text, color swatches, and other design elements.

    5. Save your Mood Board and take it with you when you go shopping for new furniture or accessories.
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    Use your Mood Board to pick all your furniture, accessories and materials

    Now that you have a Mood Board that shows your vision, it’s time to pick all the different furniture pieces, materials and accessories to bring that vision to life.
    And as you know now, that’s called a Design Concept, or a Concept Board.

    It’s easy to fall in love with new pieces for our home – and once they’re in the space they look ‘meh’?!

    It happens far too often, and 90% of the time it’s because we don’t realize we can love pieces for their beauty individually, but combined with other things in our home they just don’t go. And yes, I’m saying ‘we’ because I’m guilty of that too (hey, we’re all human).

    When you create a Design Concept before shopping around, you don’t risk wasting your money and time on something that isn’t right.

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    Your benefits of creating a Mood Board and Design Concept

    When you collect all the images you love, and put them together in a Mood Board, you’ll be able to see what works together and what doesn’t (almost instantly)!

    And once you get an overview of all the things you like you can decide if they even work for the space you’re changing.

    Because not everything works well together, and not everything works everywhere.
    Some spaces require different materials because of what activities take place in them, and some spaces need different colours because of the amount of natural light.

    Thinking about the use of a room when creating a Mood Board and Design Concept is just as important as how beautiful it should look, and how it should feel.

    Nail your vision with a Mood Board and Design Concept before making changes

    Imagine you’re excited about changing things up in your home.
    You spend countless hours on Pinterest, Instagram, and other platforms to get inspired.
    Then you order all those beautiful pieces you saw in other people’s beautiful pictures.

    And then you sit at home, waiting excitedly for your deliveries, and when they finally arrive, NOTHING GOES TOGETHER.

    The fabric of the sofa doesn’t look anything like the website, the rug pattern is printed instead of woven, the paint colour looks different in the lighting in your home than it did in the inspiration picture on Instagram…
    the room doesn’t look at all like the beautiful homes you swooned over on social media.

    Get excited about your project before it even starts

    Create Mood Boards and Design Concepts for your home before starting a project because it’s fun and it gets you excited about the project. 
    Renovations, especially big ones, can be quite overwhelming at times, and if your vision isn’t clear it becomes even more of a hassle.
    But creating the home you love should be an exciting time, so nail your vision before starting your project.

    Get on the same page as your clients or designer

    If you’re designing spaces for clients, or working with an interior designer, creating a Mood Board should always be your first step in the design process (that’s why all my E-Design services include a custom Mood Board, so me and my clients are 100% on the same page).

    Most of the time non-designers don’t use the same words as designers to describe their vision for a space.
    That’s not a bad thing, it just means as a designer we should always make sure we’re on the same page as our clients before designing their space.

    And since interior design is all about visuals, a Mood Board is an easy way to take care of that.

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