Thinking about a new custom designed kitchen or making improvements to an existing one can seem daunting at first but don’t let the scale of the task put you off. There are so many user-friendly on-line tools out there now that can help you define your ideas and take the stress out of making big decisions on important financial outlays. One of the best ways to figure out how you really want a space to look and feel is the good old moodboard. A favourite of Interior Designers, the moodboard can help you put together key pieces, colour palettes and lifestyle choices before a penny is spent, and is an essential tool in ensuring that you get your perfect kitchen bespoke to you. We’ve put together some helpful steps on how to create a moodboard at the beginning of your project where you can focus all of your thoughts in one space.
Happiness is the Key
No doubt you’re probably going to be spending a lot of your time in the kitchen, so it’s important to create a space that will make you happy. Don’t opt for the latest trends because the magazine says ‘the colour of the year is pink!’. Pick shades and hues that lift your spirits but also reflect your lifestyle. Colour charts and wheels are a useful place to start, keep your number of key looks to a maximum of three as a rule and use the tonal spectrum of your chosen colour to create zonal organisational elements in a busy space like a kitchen.
Texture & Fittings
What do you love? Do you lean towards the rustic effect of wood, or a more industrial concrete or stainless steel? Play around with different images of your favourite materials and furniture and how they sit with your chosen colour scheme. Try to remember that trends are trends for a reason and you can introduce them in elements such as rugs and accessories to keep up with the latest styles. Once you’ve got your palette of three colours and a surface texture, you can start shopping and pulling your visuals together.
Traditionally moodboards are created by hand so you have a physical representation of materials, textures and colours to help you with the design. However with the development of social media, now you can also organise your images online. Pinterest is a popular tool which provides acres of inspiration, enabling you to create separate boards for different subjects, but there are lots of moodboard design options like Canva and Photoshop to give you everything you need to create you perfect look. All that’s left is to add your digital moodboard to your phone and keep it as a reference when you’re ready to shop to make it easier to stick to your scheme and show designers what you’re after!
If you would like to talk to us about any aspects of your kitchen design, please get in touch via our website.
Good luck and have fun!
Clinton and Fiona