It’s no secret that successful people need a system for setting goals. Successful creatives, however, choose to do things with artistic flair. Enter the mood board, a creative collage in an office space, a dressing room, a kitchen, or even a bedroom, to spark creativity and inspire outside-the-box thinking. And since we know that seeing is, in fact, believing, let your mood board be a visual reminder and motivator, a way to rally your spirits to make your dreams a reality. By collecting and curating imagery, inspirational quotes, and even the occasional to-do list, you’ll retain a focus on making your goals happen. Think of it as a literal creative wall that’s there to help, well, when you hit a figurative creative wall. After all, a little bit of clutter can be a sign of intelligence. It’s time to decorate your workspace with a creative collage of chic imagery that encourages your mind to wander.
The best part? Just like you, your mood board should be constantly evolving: We recommend adding and removing, repositioning, or swapping your inspiration on a week-to-week or month-to-month basis as a way to constantly remind yourself that, no matter what life’s challenges may be at any given moment, you got this.
Scroll for a serious dose of inspiration: Our most inspiring mood boards are ahead.
Instead of waiting to be struck by a creative lightning bolt, why not set the standard for yourself to be inspired every day? This bold mood board is proof that sometimes, bright ideas call for bright colors. Take note of the lighthearted messages in the mix, giving the entire desk an optimistic outlook.
When applying It-girl style to an office, using all available space for mood images is of utmost importance. The home office of blogger and style icon Chiara Ferragni is an inspired moment of chic chaos, with an eclectic mix of fashion photography and artistic objects decorating her desktop.
Building your mood board with a little bit of asymmetry can help to keep your creative juices flowing as you inevitably add, subtract, and multiply images over time. Splashes of color, balanced with high-contrast black-and-white, add punch to posters, photography, and illustrations collaged together. Amongst otherwise minimal décor, this wall certainly speaks for itself.
Designer Erin Fetherston’s mood board artfully mixes product and design vision alike, with images of her textural, bright white home décor collection combining with positive messages for a clean, bright, and feminine feeling.
At the offices of interior design and styling firm We Are Triibe, a cork board wall is the perfect canvas for a creative collage of inspiration imagery, post-it reminders, and even supplies to be ready for a magazine clipping at a moment’s notice. It’s basically a real-life Pinterest board, and we’re more than mildly obsessed.
Storage should not feel boring when you’re in the midst of creating art. In the studio of L.A.-based artist Cheryl Humphreys, a mood board sets an inspiring tone over shelves and drawers of art supplies. Whether you’re reaching for a paintbrush or pen, collaged imagery and text will keep the mood creative as you approach a blank canvas or a new project.
A focused palette of warm neutrals mixed with pops of greenery gives this mood wall a soothing, earthy vibe that feels connected to nature. In this case, it’s all in the details: A little editing goes a long way to yield clarity of vision.
In order to inspire outside-the-box thinking at a group conference room table, a larger mood board is a must-have, particularly for a fashion house or design studio. Arming your office squad with visual motivation can be an important step to achieving key business goals.
In Lena Dunham’s cute and quirky dressing room, flowers, objects, and mini-mood moments are stylishly scattered along the edges of the mirror, creating an easy sightline during the getting-ready-for-filming phase.
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