A new kitchen deserves a design board. It’s the most effective way to help you decide on the right kitchen tile, flooring, countertops, cabinets, paint color and more!
If you’re like many people, you may hold off on remodeling a space because you fear not getting each detail just right. What if you choose the wrong kitchen tile? What if you go with wood flooring instead of stone tile? What if you order the industrial sink and hate how it looks? Here’s a solution to that dilemma: create a kitchen design board, organize your thoughts, and end up with the kitchen that works for you.
Follow these 6 steps to create your very own kitchen design board:
1. Browse Houzz.com to get kitchen ideas.
With more than 4 million beautiful high resolution photos, Houzz offers more than simple pictures to inspire you.
- You can create your own “ideabooks” in which to post images and comments to remind you what you like about them later.
- You can browse through portfolios of over 800,000 designers and other kitchen remodeling professionals, complete with reviews, starred reviews and an online catalog of more than 3 million products.
>> Here is the link to the Classique Floors + Tile Houzz profile. We’re particularly proud of the reviews that several of our Portland, OR customers have shared about us.
2. Check out Pinterest.com, too, for kitchen remodeling ideas.
While this might seem redundant after perusing Houzz, Pinterest offers some options that Houzz doesn’t and vice versa.
Pinterest will give you more up-close detail shots of kitchen tile, backsplashes, and flooring, while Houzz shots tend to be more wide-angle views of entire rooms. Whereas Houzz showcases professionally photographed room scenes, Pinterest offers more casual and in-the-moment images often with helpful descriptions. Note, too, that Pinterest images are vertically formatted. Many of the design professionals you find on Houzz will have Pinterest accounts where they capture design inspiration ideas – from kitchen tile possibilities, cabinetry and knob trends, to paint colors – that become part of the kitchen remodels included in their Houzz portfolios.
Pinterest calls their ideabooks “boards.” Your boards can be your own; they can be collaborative where you invite others to participate; they can also be private where only you can view what you’ve pinned.
If collecting feedback from friends is important, Pinterest is valuable since more of your friends are likely to be on Pinterest, which has 100 millions users compared to the 35 million who use Houzz.
>> Here is the link to Classique Floors + Tile on Pinterest.
3. Share your Houzz ideabooks and Pinterest boards.
Start sharing your Houzz ideabooks and Pinterest boards with people whose opinion you trust to collect ideas of where to shop and which professionals to hire. Get feedback on your backsplash design ideas, floor tile selections and cabinetry options.
4. Start visiting stores and collecting samples of products.
This can include paint swatches and samples of Marmoleum, hardwood flooring, different types of kitchen tile, Caesarstone countertops – whatever you can take home and start holding next to one another to help you further visualize your next kitchen.
Get pricing and catalogs if you can; start putting the information in a 3-inch binder with these tabs to begin with (you can add more as relevant):
- Retail vendors
- Paint samples
5. Once you’ve made your final kitchen design choices, put together an actual three-dimensional design board for your remodel.
Place all of your tile, color, material, etc. samples on a board together, and glue them down on a piece of pressboard. Keep it to 14×14 inches at the most so it’s not too cumbersome to take to meetings with professionals.
Take a picture of it with your smartphone so you can easily refer to it, and post it on your kitchen fridge to keep you visually motivated.
6. Share all of your iconic kitchen design inspiration with any professionals you hire.
If you’re using an online design tool like Geomagic or Armstrong’s Design My Room interactive tool, share your renderings, too. The more visual information you provide, the more the professionals you hire are able to help you realize the kitchen of your dreams and take the project as seriously as you do.
Ready to explore kitchen tile, flooring options, countertop possibilities and more?
We invite you to visit our Portland, Oregon showroom with your design board and renderings to explore what’s possible. Or schedule an in-home project assessment. Your Classique Floors project consultant will guide you through everything from initial estimate to product selection to final installation. You’ll be delighted, we promise!
Thanks for reading!
Note: this article was originally published on 12/18/14 and has been updated.