Inspiration Boards to Inspire You To Create Your Own

photo :: brett valenstein

As the saying goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words.”  Inspiration boards feature a compilation of images and found objects to help spark ideas You can make them electronically through sites like Pinterest or by hand on your wall, a piece of foam core, a pinboard, corkboard or even a magnetic sheet.  I find it more satisfying to create my inspiration boards by clipping images out of magazines or collecting objects that catch my fancy and sticking them up so I can see them as I work at my desk.  Plus physical boards can have depth if you build out certain images from the 2D plane.  In the past I’ve used pieces of foam core mounted on top of other images to draw attention to it/give it more weight.  An inspiration board is a fun way to display seemingly random inspirational images onto one space.  You don’t need to filter what inspires you or try to make sense of it, post anything and everything that feeds your muse.  The boards often help me “unstick” my brain when working on a project.  

An inspiration board isn’t the same as a mood board; mood boards are designed to evoke a certain mood, style or concept.  Designers use mood boards to convey a design idea/intent to a client or as inspiration as they select furnishing, fabrics, etc.

A board wasn’t enough to contain all the images I come across, so I created an inspiration wall instead, in fact, my inspiration wall managed to round a corner and I’m quickly running out of room!   I use Scotch Magic Tape to attach the images to the wall, which makes them easily repositionable when I get a whim to move things around or change them out and it doesn’t take paint up when you remove it {I am in a rental after all.}  The best part is an inspiration board never has to feel “done.”

Here are some images of the inspiration wall in my apartment ::

photo :: brett valenstein

photo :: brett valenstein

photo :: brett valenstein

photo :: brett valenstein

photo :: brett valenstein

photo :: brett valenstein


Some more boards to inspire your own project ::

via style-files

A good example of moving your 2D board to 3D.

seen in house beautiful

This person used binder clips and push pins to make their board -- great idea if you change out images often (or if you want to use the image for another purpose.)  This is a great option if you hang fabric samples up b/c you never know when you might need to take it along with you!

via the fabbulous files

via the paris apartment

via designed opinions

jenna lyons in her office at J. Crew.  Love her!


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