This month, I am excited to partner up with Michelle Pino to bring you this guest blog post. Let's learn how to make and use Inspiration Boards to complete any type of project!
These boards are used in many industries, including event planning, design, photography, and more. But you do not need to be in a creative industry to make use of Inspiration Boards. Cleaning out your closet or planning outfits? Organizing your backyard or redecorating a room? Planning a vacation? Inspiration boards will help you to collect your ideas in one place and stay organized. Read on to see how easy it is to create your own Inspiration Board for your projects!
How to create an inspiration board for your do-it-yourself projects
by Michelle Pino
An inspiration board is a collage of photos that serves as an inspiration for a project. They are most often used by interior decorators and those planning a wedding, but they can be created by anyone for any reason. The goal of creating an inspiration board is to help you focus and organize your ideas as you tackle a new project. Once you have an idea in mind, making an inspiration board to help you along is quite easy. The directions below are tailored to those who are redecorating a room, but they can be helpful for any project.
- Decide if your board will be digital or physical.
Digital boards can be created using programs such as Paint or Photoshop. Physical boards can be made using poster board or a bulletin board.
- Begin searching for images.
If you are making a digital board, begin visiting your favorite websites and blogs and look for images that stir something in you. You want your images to project a positive feeling on you. Some of our favorite sites include: Apartment Therapy, Desire to Inspire, Decor8, Design Milk, Oh Joy! and Design for Mankind. If you are making your inspiration board the old fashioned way, simply cut photos from magazines, newspapers, catalogs, etc. Be sure to take photos of the items you already have on hand that you may incorporate into your project. Don't over-think your board -- save images that you like and it will all come together in the following steps.
- Make a list and check it twice.
Collect all of your images and place them somewhere safe. Dedicate a folder to them on your computer or add them to an actual folder. Create a list of the things you already have for your project and another for the things you will need. Now, break open your folder and look specifically for the things you need for your project. Don't make your scope too narrow; inspiration boards work best when you give yourself plenty of options to choose from.
- Find your anchor.
Now that you have a collection of images that truly speak to you, look for that one thing they have in common. It may be a color, pattern, unique detail or shape. That one thing will serve as your anchor-that one thing that will become your focal point.
- Start connecting the dots.
Once you have your focal point figured out, look at the rest of your photos. Place them around your focal point. You will begin to see how your ideas play off of each other and fit together. You can choose to stick with your original idea or let your imagination wander and see what new direction it takes you in.
- Look but don't touch.
Put your board someplace where you can look at it often, but take a hands-off approach. Sneak a peek whenever the mood strikes -- morning, noon and night. Let yourself get lost in your board. Do this for a week. Does it say anything to you? Listen to what it is telling you and pay extra special attention to the details. At this point in the planning, the devil is in the details.
- Welcome change.
After a couple days or even a week of letting yourself get lost in your inspiration board, you will know if you need to make changes or not. If those yellow walls you loved a week ago suddenly make you nauseated, don't feel that you have to stick with them. Try again with a different color. Does Picasso's Starry Night suddenly give you nightmares? Try a Monet in its place and see if you have sweet dreams. Once you have taken out what you don't like, live with your new choices for a few days or a week and see how you feel about them. Lather, rinse, repeat -- as often as necessary until you are ready to begin designing and buying for your new room. Don't pressure yourself into something you are less than happy with. There are no hard and fast rules for creating an inspiration board. Let your voice be your guide!
Inspiration boards are a great way to help you visualize your next do-it-yourself project. Whether you are renovating that boring bathroom into the garden getaway you have always wanted, you are transforming your cluttered kitchen into a cook's nook or your contemporary bedroom is taking on a more romantic feel, creating a board filled with your ideas and inspirations will help set you on the path to bringing your ideas to life.
Check out this example board for a Spring DIY cleanup project:
Spring is finally here and I couldn't be more excited! It’s time to get started on those spring cleaning projects.
Outdoor patios; they are our center of relaxation during the nice weather. They usually need the most work since they are exposed directly to the winter elements. After a good clean up, you can move on to the fun part: decorating!
Personally, I think spring is all about flowers and budding of new “life”. Every spring near where I work, a beautiful landscape of brightly colored flowers, emerge. The property is a popular Central New York wedding venue, so the groundskeepers take very good care of the landscape. They hold several outdoor wedding ceremonies, so their landscape always looks impressive. I think all colors are very inspiring for spring: greens, pinks, yellows and purples. The bright colors of the flowers are the anchor of my inspiration board. Nothing adds “life” to an outdoor space like flowers. Be unique and look for creative ways to display your plants. Try using an unconventional object as your planter or recycle unused items into planters for a great Earth Day DIY. Take the coffee can planters pictured below from Green Your Décor. You can hang them on a wall or fence or line a walkway with the cans. Easy and inexpensive, not to mention green-friendly!
Accent your furniture with some brightly colored pillows and throw blankets. These turquoise pillows I found on Etsy, are a great example. I’m very into geometric patterns this spring, and I’d like to incorporate this theme as much as I can. Don’t forget a cozy throw blanket for those cool nights in early fall. I love the orange chevron pattern, from High Street Market. This blanket adds a touch of modern feel to the space. Lighting and seating for you and your guests is important too. Everyone wants to be comfortable when they relax, so don’t be afraid to spend a little extra on some good outdoor lights and furniture.
Michelle Pino has provided these tips in hopes to educate others on how to lead a more organized and less stressful life. Michelle believes a more organized approach to tasks will result in more completed goals. Her hobbies include crafting, reading and learning about healthy lifestyles.
How do you plan to use (or have used) Inspiration Boards in your projects? Leave a comment for Michelle below, to ask your questions or offer your own tips!