Try This: Color Block Mood Board

Try This : Color Block Mood Board Hi, it's Rachel! One of the first projects I knew I wanted to incorporate in my newly repainted studio basement was a mood board to display inspiration for the many projects I have planned in the coming months. In the past I've used a collection of clipboards screwed into the wall, the inside doors of a wardrobe, and even a generic cork board, but this time I wanted something portable that made a statement all by itself. All it took was a few inexpensive supplies and a little over an hour to create a strong focal point for my new space.

Try This : Color Block Mood Board (steps)1. Supplies: A piece of MDF that I had cut down to about 4' x 2.5'. You can use pre-cut hardwood but you will need to sand it for a smooth finish. Acrylic paint in two or more colors, washi tape, a 4" wide paintbrush or small roller for a smoother finish, paper towels or cardboard to protect your floors and walls. 2. Starting with a clean surface, paint your first coat. You may or may not need to add an additional coat depending on the kind of acrylic paint you use. I had to dilute mine with water for a smoother finish. Wait for that to dry. 3. Tape off your design. I originally wanted to add polka-dots or crosses in gold, but it wasn't showing up well so I went another direction. I taped off a triangle shape that was centered slightly above the middle of the board. 4. I then added two coats of my lighter color making sure not to paint over the tape line. Had this been my original plan I would've painted the lightest color first and then added the darker color second. Wait for it to dry and then remove your tape.

Try This : Color Block Mood BoardI love how much color it adds to this space. If you wanted something a little more neutral you could easily go with black chalkboard paint, black and white stripes, or polka-dots. It keeps the background interesting without being too distracting to see what you've added to your board. It's a renter-friendly project since it doesn't need to be hung on the wall, but I would suggest taking care to secure it if you have small children in your space. 

Try This : Color Block Mood Board  Use washi tape and push pins to adhere your photos, magazine pages, and random inspiration. Do you use a mood board in your home or office? Do you change it up according to seasons or whenever inspiration strikes? xo.Rachel

  • wowee! I can’t wait to try this with my 13-year-old daughter! thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Now that’s a really cool mood board! Wonder how it would look like in your home office. Keep posting those updates.

  • It’s nice.. I Love the idea..

  • I need a mood board. Need. Must have. I like this idea, seems easy enough for me to create, yet pretty enough to be a part of the interior.

  • What a wonderful and colourful idea!

    Lulu xx

  • This post came at the perfect time! I have a man door off of one of my rooms that is such an eyesore. Thanks to this post I plan on turning it in to an awesome mood board! 🙂 My head is already spinning with things to put on it.

  • I don´t have an inspiration board, but this could be used for a slowly developing photo wall as well.

  • Wow, I love this project. Its so simple, but it is such a great feature for the room. I will have to try this one soon!

  • This is such a good idea for my apartment, since I am not allowed to have large holes in the walls which is needed for a typical cork board.

  • I love this idea! Such a bold statement all by itself and then adding pretty things to it puts it over the top! Might have to throw one of these together once I get an office-like space!


  • What a simple, fun idea! I’ve wanted to do a vision board for a long time, and this is a fun alternative to the tacky tag board collage! Thanks!

  • Thanks for this share! What a good idea, and it looks easy enough for even me!
    You may like this fireplace thingy project I did- it is easy too!!
    Thanks for all your good stuff!!
    Lhasa- Lhasa’s lovely Day

  • I was actually looking for a board but after this I just decided to make it myself !
    Thanks for the ideas, loved it


  • Aaaaaand I have a new project to try! Thanks!!! You guys are such an inspiration!

  • I’ve created mood boards on the computer, but I’ve never seen one come to life. I love the colors here, especially the pastel pink. Washi tape as a photo holder is such a nice idea.


  • this is a great idea for a design studio or any creative studio! I would love one to put up my travel inspirations!

  • Yes! I was so excited when I opened those. I never seem to stumble across good washi tape and that one was perfect!!! Thanks again, Erika!

  • love this! i’m just now making progress on getting the husband to like having pink in the house 🙂

  • This is really cool. I will try my version inspired from this project. Thank you for sharing 🙂

  • I keep inspirations in a couple of places. I have all the notecards with flowers from my husband on the inside of a kitchen cabinet – I love the idea of making a pretty background for them!

  • my only mood board is on pinterest. i tend to collect images and what not that inspire me but i have no where to put them up. this is a great idea though…if i can find some space.

  • Great way to keep track of the current season’s fashion trends and how you’d like to wear them.

  • Oh I love this! Mostly because those two shades of pink match my bedroom exactly, but also it’s a great idea

  • I’m just making mine at the moment now I might use this instead of a normal cork board… LOVE IT 🙂 Thanks

  • So cute, great idea to have something inexpensive like this to revamp with the seasons! My room would be overpowered by a feature wall, perhaps this is the alternative to add a pop of colour. Love it 🙂

  • I love the idea! Thanks for that!
    I’m going to try it 🙂

    x Marjo

  • This is great and I love the colour that you’ve used. Thanks for sharing!

  • That looks awesome! I love the colors you used and this is definitely going on my to do list of projects to add to my home office. I usually use a large sketch book to list all my projects but this definitely seems a lot better given that it immediately gives me a quick glance at everything. Love, love, love it!

  • I love this! And just in time for me…I’m decorating/creating my booth for Artisanal LA this week.

    My typewriter is a similar pink. Can you tell me what the names of the paints you used? I’d really appreciate it!

  • Love inspirations boards!
    I start one but it forgotten in a corner…
    love this idea to apply on it ; )

  • beautiful style and very pretty, especially in wearing the same woman as beautiful as she

  • WOW- this is a bit too pink for my taste, but I’ll definitly try it in another colour!!!

    Love and good morning from Germany,


  • I just love Rachel! This is an awesome idea! I have a mood board in my kitchen that keeps me smiling!

  • Oh wow! Love this idea.
    Great colour combo as well 🙂
    Have to give this a try some day soon.

  • Very cute Rachel! Happy to see that gold chevron washi getting put straight to work 🙂

  • This is a great idea! I’m going to have to start getting crafty and make my own!

    Xo, Delightful Sunflower

  • I bought a four-pack of mini cork boards about a week ago but I’ve been hesitant to put them up in my studio because I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do with them to make them POP! I thought maybe putting fabric over the squares or maybe just using them for a vision board but I never thought of painting them until seeing this post so THANK YOU!, for the inspiration. I still don’t know what I want to put on the cork board but at least for now I can get to painting them and hanging them up.

  • So fun!and what a nice surprise having a feature from Rachel ! #oldskool #inagoodway

  • Ohhhh this is super nice, definitely adding this to my list of projects I should do…

  • This is so cute! I think I’ll try this, thank you for this wonderful idea!


  • Seems like a fun way for some pops of inspiration! Nice!

    The Rambling Fangirl

  • ooh. loving colorblocked everything right now! the board looks great next to the geometric hangings!

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