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Create your own mood board

Mood boards are one of the best ways to create inspiration and get an idea of the look you want to create in your home. They help you match up colors, patterns, and styles. It is one of the best exercises we use here at Caron Constructions to help our customers get a clear view of their vision. 

Follow these simple steps to get started on yours!

1. Consider what materials you'll need
What are you redesigning? Are you doing a kitchen? A bathroom? How many walls will be tiled? Painted? What fixtures will you need? Accent pieces? This will help you narrow down exactly what needs to be on the board.

2. Chose your backdrop
We try to work from the floor up. As flooring is one of the biggest statements in a home, it's important to have materials that match well with it. We've been using our hardwood flooring, tiles, and luxury vinyl as our back drops for these boards.

3. Start Layering
Once you've chosen your most central piece, you can begin layering. It is easier to think of working big-to-small, or working from limited to wide-variety items. For instance, you may have a TON of tile options, but not so many cabinetry options, this means you'd want to choose the cabinets first and then match tile to them, not vis a versa. It is also a good idea to begin with pieces you know you CANT live without. For this mood-board, I knew I wanted the design to include the marble tile and the hex-tile, so that's where I began.

4. Matching
When you're pulling colors and patterns, try and loosely use the 60-30-10 rule. 60% should be one color, 30% should be a secondary, and 10% should be an accent. I wanted most of my design to have a soft, natural pallet. The majority of this board is a variation of tan or white, 10% is the sage green accent color. When pulling colors from each piece, focus on the small details. Since I started with the wood flooring, I looked at the grain details to choose the color of cabinets I wanted. I did the same when looking at the veins in the marble tile for the countertops.

5. Accents
Once you've got the general idea of your design-concept on the board, it's time to begin adding the fun pieces. This is what shows you all of the design's potential, and helps you see where you can go really bold. On this board, the colors began blending into one, somewhat boring look. I wanted something that made each individual piece pop, but would maintain a soft look. I chose the sage green leaves and green paint to accent with. While I have other accent pieces on the board like the tan basketweave glass tile, two countertops options, and two cabinet options, I know that the design may not have room for all of these. Adding these elements is more-so for the look of the board, and again, to see the potential of the design. Focus on the pieces that are eye-catching, and central to the design.


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