Will the countertops compliment the cabinets? Which materials should match, and which should contrast? Should the floor be darker or lighter?
These are all questions you may ask yourself when you embark on designing your new kitchen. Our designer Holly Stevens can tell you, making interior design decisions is not an easy task. With so many materials, products, and finishes available, it can be hard to know what you want, let alone if it works with everything else!
At Home Builder Supply Company, we are here to help – but we would also like to suggest a mood board to help you make those difficult decisions.
So, what is a mood board?
A mood board is a physical or digital collection that combines color, materials, textures, and images into a single visual scene. Also called an inspiration board, these are used by designers and creatives a like, including fashion designers and graphic designers.
An inspiration board is a great tool especially when communicating with a designer like Holly Stevens. It gets homeowners and designers on the same page by conveying visual ideas that are sometimes difficult to put into words. You may use the words “inviting” and “transitional” to describe your goal, but a designer may have different ideas as to what that might look like in a space.
What should be included in a mood board?
The goal of a mood board is to communicate the big picture of the space (cabinets, countertops, flooring, backsplash). A mood board should also include finishes such as hardware and accessories to create a cohesive look.
Start by including the elements that will be used in your kitchen. If you are trying to create a farmhouse kitchen, you may want to start with white cabinetry and a farmhouse sink. Or you may want to start with parts of your existing kitchen that you intend to keep, such as a dining set or family heirloom.
How to create a mood board?
Designers have been making mood boards long before the computer. You can create a mood board by simply arranging clippings and cut-outs from home magazines and product catalogs.
If a paper collage is not your thing, use product samples. Many companies in today’s kitchen industry will provide you with free samples. Take advantage of free samples to mix and match different combinations to find out what you like.
And of course, there are also digital methods. With websites like Instagram, Pinterest, and Houzz, collecting remodel inspiration has never been easier, as each site has features that allow users to bookmark and save posts that they are interested in.
A mood board is a fun and versatile tool to use when planning a kitchen remodel. As you brainstorm design ideas for your upcoming project, try making one – and if you run into any questions, remember to give our kitchen and bath designer Holly Stevens a call at 252-758-4151.