Using Pinterest to Create a Living Room Mood Board

Last month I ran my first online decorating class - The 30 Day Makeover Challenge.  It was a 4 week class with weekly tasks and lessons designed to help novice design enthusiasts  completely transform one room in their home.  

I was inspired by my YouTube subscribers and many friends who always tell me they don't know where to start when it comes to design.  By the end of the class challengers knew what changes to make and why they worked.


Client's inspiration from her Pinterest Board created for the challenge


The above image is a sampling of Pinterest Board selections from one challenger.  Through the class I offered a special service to participants for a custom mood board and floor plan created by me for their particular space.  

For her family room, she described her design vision words as:  "open, light, bright, airy and comfy." She wanted neutral pieces with pops of bright colors as accents and favored purples, pinks and blues.

Based on her existing space, furniture, budget and inspiration I created this mood board for her family room.


For her connected open concept kitchen she already planned blue ikat window valences so I carried the color over in solid dark blue drapery panels.

Her board also hinted to an affinity towards chinoiserie style, a European style of decorative ornament popular in the 17th and 18th century influenced by Chinese decor and motif, which I introduced through the table lamps and ginger pots.



The tufted linen poufs and kilim rug layered over a larger sisal rug brings in the bohemian organic inspiration in some of the other pins not shown above.

At the start of the class many students didn't know how to describe their style.  When creating a Pinterest board go with your gut and pin anything that inspires you.  Don't just stick to similar rooms - pin art, photography, fashion and look for patterns in color, shapes, texture and movement.  

Here's what she had to say about her finished mood board.

All I can say is Wow! You have done a fantastic job. You figured us out and set a plan in motion. This is very doable and budget friendly. I can’t wait to send you photos of the finished product !! You are truly gifted.
— Monica, Gilbert, AZ

To learn more about the challenge or sign up to be notified for the next challenge date visit 30 Day Makeover Challenge.  For your own custom mood board and floor plan, Email Me directly with information about your space along with photos and I'll send you a custom quote.

Out of respect for paying clients I do not share resources for the above products.  Images sources for the inspiration can be found here.    1 I 2 I 3 I 4 I 5 I 6