Review of Virtual Mood Board Websites

I am definitely a novice when making collages, design inspiration boards and virtual mood boards. In fact, I just started cataloging images that inspires me in my hard drive, on Tumblr and Houzz {which I’ve been neglecting of course}. Taking care of the shop, tweeting & facebooking have been forefront in my day to day activities. So, hopefully making virtual mood boards will not take a back seat anymore in my to-do list.

First, let’s define what a mood board is:

{MOOD BOARD}
a type of poster design that may consist of images, text, and samples of objects in a composition of the choice of the mood board creator. Designers and others use mood boards to develop their design concepts and to communicate to other members of the design team.
via Wikipedia
Is that different from an Inspiration Board?
Inspiration boards consists of a collection of images that well, inspires the maker. I think the difference is, an inspiration board can include anything and does not need to be cohesive. Whereas, with a mood board, it has to convey a specific design, style, message or mood.

And a Virtual Mood Board is one that is created digitally. So, while surfing the net, I think these are the best websites to use if you want to make one.

Why it’s good: It’s free, has thousands of items, categorized well {by color, brand, price or category}, it has a community where you can connect with other designers|creators, it’s easy to share it on Twitter & Facebook.

Other Pros: It has an image clipper bookmark that lets you get images virtually from any website and get this you can even design a 3D room or decorate a picture.

Cons: Well, when I started using it, the clipper wasn’t working but the team responded right away & they’re working on it {fast response customer service I found out which is actually a plus}.

Why it’s good: It’s free, has thousands of items, categorized well {by color, brand, price or category}, it has a community where you can connect with other designers|creators, it’s easy to share it on Twitter & Facebook.

Other Pros: The interface is fresh and really easy to use. It’s definitely geared more towards designers. See my first mood board here.

Cons: They have an image clipper but you have to install their uploader {not as easy as dragging the bookmark to your toolbar}, you can also can get images from Flickr or your computer. Then you can put tags, name, links which can be such a pain. It’s relatively the newest Virtual Mood Board Creator website so there are still limited items.

3. Polyvore

Why it’s good: It’s free, has thousands of items, categorized well {by color, brand, price or category}, it has a community where you can connect with other designers|creators, it’s easy to share it on Twitter & Facebook.

Other Pros: It’s the oldest so there are lots of items already.They also have an image clipper & an embed feature. So you can embed the board and even include links to the items if you want to.

Cons: Polyvore was originally made or geared towards fashionistas. So, the crowd or community is not a focused group of design & decor enthusiasts. A while back it was the only website I know that would make virtual mood boards. I’m using it to upload my items and see ideas of how other people may use the items in their space.

I think it’s good to test drive all of them and see whichever website is more user-friendly for you. Of course, you can use them all. Do you make virtual mood boards? Any other websites you can recommend?

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Details are my passion. From curating vignettes to designing spaces. I thrive in finding the finds and just discovered the art of collecting...all while sipping on a cafe au lait & a french macaroon in hand.

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