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A mood board is a collage of images and text that designers create to illustrate the look or “mood” they want for a project. It shows the colors, textures, and styles they envision for a space and helps them see how different pieces will work together as they test out design ideas for their vision or that of their clients. If you could design a space, what would it be and who would it be for? How would you achieve your vision? Bring your ideas to life by creating your own mood board!

Materials: large piece of cardboard or paper, collage materials (magazines, art papers, fabric scraps, wallpaper, paint samples, tiles, washi tape, etc.) , markers, scissors, glue

Step 1: Write down a few adjectives to describe the mood you would like to create in your design. Think about the colors, textures, materials, and styles of furniture or décor that match this idea. For example, for a relaxing space, you might choose neutral colors, lots of plants, natural materials, comfortable chairs, and soft lighting.

Step 2: Gather images from magazines, newspapers, or the Internet, and any other material samples that capture the look you have in mind. You can also draw your own.

Step 3: Compose these pieces on a large board or piece of paper, or, if using online images, create a document on your computer. Add descriptive words and notes to help explain your design ideas.

Step 4: Share a photograph of your creation on Instagram! Tag @centerforarchk12 and use #ArchitectureAtHome.

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