Creating Design Inspiration Boards at Home


In this day and age where e-mags rule the digital newsstands and blogs are the new required reading, filing inspiring shots is as easy as clicking and dropping to your desktop. But there’s still something to be said for tear sheets, collages, and inspiration boards that consist of more than just pixels and jpegs. Leafing through all those well-loved photos and clippings, arranging them just so, and hanging them up to greet you everyday–there’s just no comparison to the digital mood board.

So how do you display the ideas and images that both influence and inspire you? Are they stored in a book or filed away? Or do you prefer to spread them out for you (and the rest of the world) to see? If you’re a fan of the latter, you know that getting all that ephemera on the wall without succumbing to a slap-dash, dorm room-esque look can be tricky. Follow the lead of the examples below though, and you’ll have an inspired inspiration board in no time

A layered arrangement makes rearranging, adding, or subtracting a snap. Try to get a mix of different mediums (think magazine pages, textiles, and prints) and sizes for added depth and texture.

Lonny Magazine, April/May

Or create the illusion of order by keeping your collage in the confines of a corkboard, grid, or, in this case, a painted stripe.

Studio Aandacht, via Houzz

Do you keep a mood board? If so, let us know your technique below.

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