We’re kicking off a new series here on the blog called Mood Board Monday. Mood boards are an important step of our design process because they allow us to visually represent the look and feel that we envision for a space, while incorporating the needs and desires of the client, before we set to work on the design itself.

Our hope is that this series will give you design and decor inspiration for your own home, allowing you to think outside of the box when considering what types of materials, patterns, textures, and colors “go together” to help your home reflect your personality and tell your story.

Updated Traditional Kitchen

For this kitchen design, the homeowner wanted a bright, updated traditional space. We chose materials with hints of traditional design but with a modern take. We also incorporated some pops of warm colors to contrast the cool white and gray tones of the materials.

Cabinets: This kitchen is actually a three tone kitchen. We wanted the island to pop from the perimeter and to serve as a focal piece, so we kept the perimeter neutral and light and made the island darker.

Countertops: We used this marble-looking quartz with large gorgeous veining. The veins contain warm and cool grays so the kitchen doesn’t feel cold.

Backsplash: The backsplash adds a nice sparkle. It’s a neutral glass mosaic, but when the light comes in you get a really pretty accent due to the change in material.

Counter Stools: The stools have a hint of traditional design in the style of the stool and they go with the owner’s dining furnishings. They feature a modern red floral pattern to incorporate color, balancing perfectly with the neutral in a way that is easy to change if they get tired of red.

Pendants: The pendants are a modern take on the traditional lantern. The exposed bulbs and satin finish give it an updated look while still speaking to traditional roots.

Sconces: The sconces are a way to add light over the sink without immediately going to pendants. Since the island pendants are the focal point, we wanted to use something more subtle over the windows.

Runner: The runner brings color and pattern to the side of the kitchen opposite the stools, continuing with the red, updated traditional pattern.

Built-in Shelves: The built-in shelves around the corner peeking into the kitchen needed to fit the style of the kitchen. We selected an urn and vases, and even books that had covers, all in that same warm color scheme.

Principle to Consider

In your own home, more neutral colored materials give you the flexibility to go bold with pops of color in your accessories. In your kitchen, you can choose rugs, stools, and smaller accessories such as vases and storage jars on your counters in bright colors that you love. Then, if you get tired of that color in a couple of years, simply swap those things out with a new color!

The Results

Check out the end results of the kitchen this mood board was based on: