Have you heard of Olioboard? Because if you haven’t boy are you missing out on something special. Let me explain. A few months ago I discovered this beautimous blog called LayBabyLay where the editor, Joni, creates these most inspiring mood boards. I was so jealous, I wanted to make mood boards too. So I wrote her and asked what program she used and of course it was one of those cool picture editing ones that I simply just don’t have.
I kept my eye out for about another month and that’s when I stumbled upon Olioboard . I have always drawn my room designs out by hand and besides the fact they are not to scale they are also very crude and not professional looking. To be able to have a free tool like Olioboard was like the best gift ever. On Olioboard you can create 3-D room designs or moodboards for yourself or you can go PRO and design for clients. The thing that is so great about this site is that you can clip images from any site and import them into your library to design your room. The site also has a huge library of images from sponsors. So have you started a board yet.
Besides using this tool to plan for real rooms you can also “play” on this social media phenomenon. Play? you ask. Yes, Play and Win!!! Let me explain, there are several sponsored contests that you can design rooms according to the contest rules and win a variety of prizes. I actually won Second Place in the PoshTots design contest. You can also compete in community contest where you win cute little trophies that are added to your profile for bragging rights. OK so if you haven’t gone to Olioboard yet you need to… Check out the board I won a $250 gift certificate for…..
Do you like it? Pretty Dreamy huh? You can also check out any of my current designs here at Olioboard Design Decks. Sometimes I even have a slideshow of the current contest that I am participating in and remember you can always join in and submit an entry for a chance to win.
Here’s a screen shoot of what an empty board looks like. On the right hand side you will find your categories as well as stores to drag items from, like Crate and Barrel, Posh Tots and many more. There is also a tool you can add to your bookmarks bar to clip items from the web.
I prefer designing mood boards that are not laid out in a room but if you prefer using a room the site also has empty rooms that you can choose from and fill with furnishings and decor. I prefer to style my boards by choosing fabrics and wallpaper for the backgrounds and using the cropping tools to make nice borders and shapes. I have much more success in creating boards that tell a story than ones that show a rooms layout.
There are so many options on this site, if you haven’t visited there yet you are really missing out. So take a minute today. It literally only takes a minute to sign up. And have fun!