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Houzz has continued to transform the language of design by digitizing useful techniques that distance prevented designers (and clients) from using. One really fun Houzz feature: mood boards!

Mood Boards: A Designer’s Dream

Mood boards allow you to put all the parts, pieces, textures, and colors together in one visual scene. Combine wallpaper with a fabric to see if they are too busy or just the right combination. Add in furniture items to see if they speak the same language. Know whether or not the furniture piece looks too rustic against your contemporary backdrop. Mood boards capture all of the separate items that influence a space and allow them to be read together before you even finish out your remodeled space.

Steps for Creating a Mood Board

As you create your Houzz mood board, follow these steps.

Describe the Emotion

What feeling do you want the space to have? Do you want to create a lively or calming space? What about refreshing or cozy?

Find the Focus

Select an element you love—a piece of art, the texture of a wallpaper, or that deep red accent you can’t live without.

Set the Scene

If everything carries a strong aesthetic language, then nothing does. Find the subtle elements you want to be in the background. Maybe it’s Dove White (a classic Benjamin Moore paint) on the walls. Maybe it’s a jute rug with a rough texture. Continue to add, subtract, group, and organize to get the feel you want. Then, compare mood boards to make sure the spaces speak to one another as much or as little as you prefer.

By Melissa Kennedy