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My first priority with the interior of Fairview Cottage (my 1905 house that I’ll start updating this summer) is the kitchen. I’m really excited to take you along for my kitchen journey, because I know that plenty of people don’t love their kitchen, but are scared for a full on renovation, I’m going to update mine on a budget to show how far paint, hardware, and some shelves can go!
I also plan on doing a larger renovation down the road, but for now, I thought I’d add a bunch of color and have some fun! Who knows, maybe I’ll love it?! My favorite way to envision what a room can be is with a moodboard, but I have a fun variation this time too!
WHY MAKE A MOSIAC MOODBOARD?
I’m a huge lover of quartz (I adored it in the last kitchen I designed)! To be honest, I’m not sure if this update will include new countertops, but if it does, I’ll definitely go with quartz. I’m sure many of you are familiar with Corian® Design (who manufactures the most gorgeous Solid Surface and Quartz products). They have decided to take the inspiration of a space a little bit further.
Corian® Design has created a Moodboard Maker– a really fun tool to play with that is super unique! Their thought is that materials, textures, and furnishings aren’t just a part of your room, but a way to tell the story of your space. Their Moodboard Maker is a more abstract way to look at the pieces that inspire you and will ultimately work together to create your vision.
Usually, I create a traditional moodboard to help myself see, and to show others what I’m going for. Here’s what I have for my kitchen:
This traditional moodboard shows that I want my lower cabinets a green color, the uppers to be shelving, and some fun pops of pink. It also illustrates how I want a banquette to capitalize on seating in a small space. It even shows the exact furniture I’m planning, so it definitely is helpful.
I’ve also been craving another way to look at the room. I remember in art class- they suggest turning your art upside down to get a new perspective. With photography, it’s best to take a picture and look at the screen, not the room, to see where you can improve. Now with the Corian® Moodboard Maker, there’s a way to apply this abstract technique to designing and envisioning your space.
how to make a mosiac moodboard
Tada! Isn’t that a much cleaner way to envision the space?! Here’s how the Moodboard Maker works (though its pretty easy to use by just playing around with it):
First, you choose a style that represents you. Each style has a unique shape and textures you can fill in with. I choose bohemian. Start by populating your moodboard by choosing one of the many Corian® Design swatches. I chose Corian® Solid Surface in Limestone Prima to feature in my moodboard. I love the coloring and how the white and grey swirl together.
On the next screen, you’ll be able to upload your own images and there will be some pre-populated textural choices. This is where you can really customize it! I added in the pink from the fridge, the green from the cabinets, the brass from the lighting, some peony leaves for texture and subway tile from the backsplash.
It’s fun to play around with different materials and make them bigger or smaller. I knew I wanted something with warmth and I ended up liking brass elements more than natural wood- I love how the gold created sharper contrast. This will help me as I execute my design!
This was a fun and different way for me to approach the design process. I hope that you’ll try it out too! One of the fun parts is that its really easy to save the final moodboard. You can even print it out and frame it too!
Now I’m so excited to get started on my kitchen! I’ll start sharing the progress soon!
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