6 Awesome, Free Mood Board Resources

March 29, 2021

Mood boards are an extremely useful tool for businesses to use to showcase inspiration for a project or brand. It’s especially important to nail a mood board when asked to do so by a client because it can determine if he/she feels you are a good fit. Fortunately, I’m about to share the best free mood board resources out there to help you create the perfect pitch.

1. Canva

Canva is my go-to for all of my graphic design needs because it’s easy and the options are limitless! You can simply search ‘mood boards’ on Canva and a bunch of templates will pop up. Some focus more on the pictures, while others focus more on the colors to tell the story. Either way, there’s plenty of options for you to find the right layout. Canva also has stock photos you can use to make creating a mood board that much easier.  

2. Unsplash

Unsplash is a website that has thousands of free, downloadable photos perfect for your mood boards. All you have to do is type in what you’re looking for (you can even just type in ‘mood board’) and a bunch of high-quality images will show up. I could honestly spend hours scrolling through the pictures on this site. 

3. Pexels 

If you didn’t find images you were looking for on Unsplash, Pexels is another great free stock photo website. Its set-up is almost identical to Unsplash; however, Pexels also offers free downloadable videos as well, which I had fun exploring! 

4. Pinterest 

Pinterest is basically the OG home of mood boards and is a great place for people who want to organize multiple boards. You can create as many boards as you want and within each board you post ‘pins’. A ‘pin’ is essentially bookmarking an idea or photo you found on Pinterest that you want to save. I think Pinterest boards are especially useful for interior designers and stylists that have lots of ideas they want to cover. I typically like to use Pinterest to get my ideas in one place and then use Canva to form a cohesive, condensed mood board.

5. Milanote 

Milanote is an interesting mood board platform and the best way I can describe it is that it’s similar to Tumblr. Milanote allows users to mix photos, videos, and text in an easy-to-use ‘drag and drop’ interface. You can arrange these elements however you want! There are paid upgrades available, but the free version allows you to have 100 notes, photos or links and unlimited sharing of your boards. I think this is a really fun and unique website. I would recommend giving it a try!  

6. Coolors

One of the most important elements of your mood board is the color palette. Coolors lets users search through trending color schemes and create their own, unique palettes. No matter what colors you’re looking for, you’ll be able to find it here. 

These 6 free resources will give you everything you need to create your perfect mood board. Have fun!

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