Kitchen Planning Process
When planning a room remodel, there are so many things to think about like; layout, color, style, and function, which can be an overwhelming task. When I start a new project, whether it's for a client or personal projects, I always start with a mood board. A mood board is simply a collection of images, objects, patterns, materials, and colors intended to display a particular style or concept.
The vision for my kitchen (which is featured above) is mixed metals, natural wood, textures, and industrial. White cabinets, a natural wood island, and black/navy cabinets for the pantry wall, I haven’t committed to the black/navy pantry wall just yet, but it’s a possibility. I want to incorporate a coffee/smoothy bar area that will have open shelving above to display coffee, smoothy ingredients, and a few dishes that we use all the time. Now that I have a good starting point for my design, it's time to start building my concept and see how it all comes together. There might be a few adjustments as I start sourcing items for the concept, but this will help keep me focused on the overall design.
Are you starting a new project or remodel? Keep reading for my tips on creating a mood board for your own project.
Creating a Mood Board
There are some great resource you can use to get inspiration for your mood board, Pinterest, Houzz, or do a Google search for that particular room; this will help get your creative juices flowing. Search your favorite vendors for products you like, search for patterns, texture, or objects that are functional and decorative.
Make a folder on your desktop to organize all your images.
Once you have collected all your images arrange them on any software program that will allow you to insert your own images and arrange them on your layout and see how everything looks together, I use Photoshop, but you can use Word, Pages, etc, I'm sure there are others out there. I size my boards at 11”x8 1/2” or 17”x11” depending on the size of the project, my kitchen concept is 17”x11”.
Now ask yourself a few questions;
1. How does the overall look make me feel? Calm, happy, anxious? Remove images that make you feel uneasy.
2. How do the textures and patterns work together? Too many patterns, need more texture?
3. Does the color palette work?
Once you have answered your questions, make the necessary adjustments needed until you have a look that you envisioned for the space. You might need to do more searching but don’t get discouraged, creating a mood board will save you so much time and headache and will give you a design direction to keep you focused and on track.
Once you have your mood board completed, you can now move on to a concept for the room; this will show hard surfaces, finishes, and furnishings.