Last week I shared the 1st step in my decorating process, this week I show how this moodboard inspiration is translated into selections & finishes...
STEP 2 - COLOUR & FINISHES SCHEME
After research and moodboarding you should have a good idea of the general style & feel you want the space to have - for us its 'luxe, moody, sophisticated with an eastern global twist'. It could be warm, cosy & traditional, scandinavian cool, global eclectic, or minimal neutral as a few other examples. This, along with your practical needs will be your guide when it comes to making your selections.
Collect swatches/samples of your selections as you go, include all finishes - carpets, floorboards, tiles, cabinetry, bench top samples, paint colour chips, wallpaper samples & curtain/upholstery fabrics.
Lay your samples out and this will be the scheme for your room or home, make sure all the finishes in each room work together and also think about surfaces in adjoining rooms - e.g. your bathroom tile should look great against your hallway flooring.
To help show how we went from moodboard to selections - this is the scheme for our upstairs lounge and the inspiration behind each selection;
- Flooring (upstairs lounge/hallway) - blackbutt timber - apart from bringing a beautiful natural warmth to the space, practically, it works as I hate vacuuming so the less carpet the better!
- Flooring (balcony) - tiled in a charcoal stone look tile - the dark colour makes it low maintenace for outside and ties in with the charcoal colour theme.
- Kitchenette/bar cabinetry - black woodgrain thermolaminate (Black Natura thermo from polytec) - In keeping with the luxe 'hotel bar' feel.
- Benchtop - white composite stone - hardwearing and is a perfect simple surface to tie our black cabinetry & geo tiled splashback together.
- Splashback - 'urban diamond' tile Jatana Interiors - Inspired by the trend in cool bars and cafes toward patterned tiles we decided to be daring and go with a gorgeous geometric diamond patterned tile - the colours are neutral greys and the pattern is a classic diamond so its 'out there' without being too scary.
- Walls - Dulux Natural White - a soft white that matches with the other surfaces. It will maximise the light spacious feel and allow our artwork & furniture to 'sing'.
- Soft furnishings/upholstery - will tie into the overall colour scheme on the moodboard, dark charcoals, deep orange and a hit of chartreuse green. Remember to take your swatches & samples with you when you go to look for each new element, in our case we chose our tiles first and took the tile samples with us to help choose carpets and cabinetry colours.
For me this is the MOST important and helpful step in the process, especially as these are the most costly/permanent elements in a room. Take the time to layout your scheme to make sure you are happy with it before you lock in your selections and you will avoid any moments of horror realising your beautifully laid floor tiles look awful against your custom built kitchen cabinetry!