A new kitchen deserves a design board.

Many people will hold off remodeling because they fear they won’t get 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? Create a kitchen design board, organize your thoughts, and end up with the kitchen that works for you.

The 6 steps to creating your very own kitchen design board:

1. Browse Houzz.com to get ideas. With more than 4 million photos, Houzz offers more than simple pictures to inspire you but also offers you the opportunity to create your own “ideabooks” in which to post images and comments to remind you what you like about them later. Houzz also offers portfolios of over 2 million designers and other kitchen remodeling professionals, complete with reviews and starred reviews as well as an online catalog of more than 3 million products.


2. Check out Pinterest.com, too. While this might seem redundant after perusing Houzz, Pinterest offers some options that Houzz doesn’t and vice versa. Pinterest is going to give you more up-close detail shots of kitchen tile, backsplash, and flooring, while Houzz shots tend to be more wide angle views of entire rooms. Pinterest calls their ideabooks “boards.” If collecting feedback from friends is important, Pinterest is valuable since more of your friends are likely to be on Pinterest, which has 70 millions users compared to the 25 million who use Houzz.
3. 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.


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 and start putting them in a 3-inch binder with these tabs: countertops, backsplash, flooring, cabinets, contractors, retail vendors, paint samples and permits (just to start).


5. Once you’ve made your final choices, put together an actual three-dimensional design board. Place all of your 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 and post it on your fridge to keep you motivated.
6. Share all of your iconic inspiration with any professionals you hire. If you’re using an online design tool like Geomagic or Armstrong’s Design My Room, share your renderings, too. The more visual information you provide, the more they’ll be able to help you realize the kitchen of your dreams and take the project as seriously as you do.

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