How To Add an Inspiration Board that Looks Like Art

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My darling friend Stevie and I have been chatting back and forth over home decor ideas the last few weeks. She just started her own jewelry business (her Turkish Delights collection is my favorite!!) and has been using her dining room as an office. I love the open shelving she has her supplies stored in, but when I saw the photo of her new creative space, the one thing she’s missing is an inspiration board.

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And it should go right here. The only problem? How to make her inspiration board look like art so it still fits in with her dining room decor.

I’ve been thinking about this for a few days now, trying to figure out what will work best for Stevie’s space (as well as give you some tips for your own!). Here are your darling tricks to making a pin/inspiration/mood board look like art:

1. Pretty frame

By using a nice frame around an inspiration board, you can blend it in with the artwork you already have or make it pop as something special. I love the 18th-century frame around this home office piece.

2. Background

I love so many of the mood boards that I’ve seen with pretty backgrounds. Whether it’s your favorite wallpaper or a pretty fabric, it’s easy to kick your mood board up a notch. Plus by wrapping your inspiration board in a fabric or wallpaper, like Waiting on Martha’s below, it’s easy to swap out for something new!

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3. Artistic touches

While you want to have plenty of space to put up things that inspire you, you should also throw up a couple of pretty things to create blank space and an artsy feeling. These can be sketches, fancy quotes, a black and white photograph, anything that ties your mood board into the decor of your room.

4. Do something fun and unexpected

Since Stevie makes jewelry, I was looking for something that would work to hang her pieces on to display them. Putting strings of wire/dowels or using a section of chicken wire would give Stevie space to hang something more 3-D. I love this ladder inspiration board that serves so many purposes (bonus: you can totally hide it away when guests come to visit). I could see a bamboo ladder fitting in with Stevie’s dining room and being easy to cart away when she needs more space.

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5. Have space to write

Having a section that’s either chalk board, dry erase board, or a notepad that you can attach is key. Sometimes you want to draw something out or write something down, and having a little space to do that is key.

What is crucial to a good inspiration board for you? Any other tips for this budding fashionista’s space?

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