Bobby Berk swears by this traditional trick for beating designer's block – it's so simple anyone can do it

The Queer Eye host's designer-approved hack is so useful for generating ideas

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Any avid design fan knows that sometimes, the ideas just won't come. You are racking your brain over the same space for hours, unable to come up with the perfect solution for crafting your dream room. When you're in that state, it feels like nothing can help. Luckily, there is an answer that interior designers and home decor experts have sworn by for years: moodboarding.

Now, even Bobby Berk, the star interior designer on Netflix's Queer Eye, announces his approval of the interior design technique.

In a recent Instagram video, Bobby Berk tells the camera: 'Whenever I experience a creative design block and I don't really know where to begin I love to take a step back, literally,' he says, stepping back and revealing a wall covered in photos, paint colors, products, and inspirational quotes.

Bobby continues, that the moodboards give him a broader view of the spaces he is designing. Bobby says, 'This really helps me to kind of define the spaces I want to create and really start looking at them in the big picture instead of just the little details at the moment.'

White kitchen with island and wooden flooring

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Bobby's approval of the technique for overcoming designer's block and coming up with home decor ideas echoes experts' assertion that moodboarding is valuable for designers because it helps with being flexible and changing direction while creating. 

Amy Wilson, interior designer at 247 Blinds & Curtains states: 'Moodboards give you the ability to picture what the room is going to look like and to see what works together before committing to any big, physical changes, making it a great way to make you feel more confident with interior design. Once you’ve completed your moodboard, don’t be afraid to swap out anything you are unsure of, you should feel inspired by it so remove anything that no longer feels right for you.'

Blue living room by Farrow & Ball

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She continues, 'Enjoy the process of watching your personal scheme evolve, take your time, and don’t be afraid if things stray from what you initially imagined - embrace new ideas. Your mood board should feel exciting and inspiring whilst giving you a clear idea of where to start your transformation.'

If Bobby Berk swears by it, it's good enough for us. Moodboarding is a simple and effective trick for getting over your designer's block. If putting a board together doesn't work, you can always look at our list of decorating ideas.

Sophie Edwards
News Editor

I am a London-based News Editor at Homes & Gardens. My interests lie at the intersection of design and popular culture with a particular focus on trends and celebrity homes. Before joining Future, I worked as a Content Writer and Communications Lead for Fig Linens and Home, a luxury linens and home interiors brand based in Fairfield County, CT. I have a BA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College in New York and an MSc from the Oxford University Department of Anthropology.