July 30, 2014

New Kitchen Mood Board

Renovations are a lot of fun, but they can also be a bit daunting. Especially if you're not sure what you want, or change your mind easily. The kitchen and bathroom are rooms that you want to get right. They cost a lot of money and can't be changed on a whim.

For a few years now, we have debated over taking on a kitchen renovation. Our kitchen is small and the main thoroughfare between our open plan living room and our back deck. We don't have a dining room, so it has to be eat-in. In other words, we couldn't make any changes to the existing layout of the room. But we could do a lot with the existing cabinetry and benches. We agonised over whether it would be worth it, (couldn't we just live with it?) but then doors and drawers started breaking and it became clear that we needed more storage room.

So, we bit the bullet and engaged some designers. They had similar ideas and all agreed with our general focus. That was great, because consistency is key!

When we chose the style and finishes for our new kitchen, there were 3 fundamentals we needed to keep in mind:

It had to be light. Not white, just light. Our walls are painted in Antique White. We have a lot of IKEA off-white furniture in the neighbouring living room - namely LIATORP media storage and cream KARLSTAD leather lounges. The cabinetry had to blend seamlessly and more importantly, there should be no more dark corners!

It had to feel natural. Wood. Metal. Glass. The style vision I have for our home is like that of an eco-resort. I want lots of natural materials and earthy colours. To bring about the feeling of a haven somewhere between the rainforest and the mountains. Therefore the kitchen needs to retain a timber element to blend with the house's foundations and surroundings.

It had to be simple. Our kitchen breeds clutter. In fact our whole house does. It's something that we as a family struggle with. We needed ample storage in the new kitchen, so a domino effect could ripple through the adjoining rooms and allow the entire house to breathe just that little bit easier. Surfaces would be clearer and everything will have a place.

I found creating a mood board was a great way to keep on track of my kitchen's vision and the elements that I like and wanted to incorporate.
all images found on Pinterest
Here is a list of what inspires me above:
  1. Rustic signs and weathered timber
  2. Wholesome no-fuss foods
  3. A natural colour palette
  4. Simple white subway tile
  5. Herbs or a touch of greenery
  6. Glass apothecary bottles in soothing tones
  7. Green, green & more green! Organic shaped elements
  8. Natural wood chopping boards

Now that our kitchen renovation is going ahead next week, I've already begun to pick up a few little things here and there, and having a clear vision has helped greatly. I can't wait to see how they will look in a few days' time! What about you, do you like to create mood boards too?

Be sure to stop by next week for our Before & After kitchen reveal... here's a little sneek-peek!

Mel x

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