Home' K and B : Kitchens and Bathrooms 2010 Contents how different spaces work and work for
homeowners. is will help you determine the
options out there and which ones will suit you
and your lifestyle.
"I actually like it when my clients come
to me with a folder or scrapbook of images,
products or ideas that they have collected to
show me what style they are after," says Julie
of Julie Levin Design. "If they are building
and plan to take existing furniture or art work
with them, it is also important that I see those
pieces, so take photos if they are in storage."
However, also remember that your
professional creates hundreds of kitchens and
bathrooms during their career and you may
only create two or three during your lifetime.
So, listen to what your professional has to say
and allow them to do what you have paid them
for. "Have a rough idea in your head of what
you think you'd want," says Benedict McKenna
of Pedini Kitchens. "From there, I suggest
clients use my experience. It's nice to have a
fresh pair of eyes as the designer might come
up with something you haven't thought of."
Work the design You've set your budget,
chosen your team and discussed what you
want in the space and how it might look -
Make like a professional and pull together a collection of design elements
you love for inspiration and direction. Why? Saying to a designer, 'I like that
sort of creamy-speckled-coffee-coloured benchtop' doesn't give them much
to go on, whereas pictures are straight to the point. e design industry calls
this collection a moodboard: a visual record of photographs, text and samples
all brought together to convey a theme (or mood, hence the name!).
Often used by designers, they're equally useful for a homeowner to give
a designer. "I think that it actually helps the client get a visual idea of
what they like when they see all of the images and products together.
Obviously, it also helps the designer to understand the direction
the client wishes to go in," says Julie Levin of Julie Levin Design.
"Anything that helps to identify what the client is looking to achieve
is great. A lot of clients aren't able to imagine what the room will look
like, so a moodboard is great for putting everything together to show
what the overall look will be."
How to start? Look through magazines and pull out images that appeal to
you. Visit trade stores (tiles, plumbing, paint, fittings) and see if you can get some
samples or catalogues. Compile these images in a format that works for you --
poster, plastic flip folder or scrapbook all work well. Remember to write down
what each image is and where you found it, with contact details and even the
name of the person you spoke to. And, don't worry about price: sometimes the
same form can be found in a better price bracket for you. So, go crazy! Review
your moodboard before presenting it to your designer. A tap you loved on your
first day of style hunting might not be as appropriate as the one you found three
weeks later, so cull the images that don't make you excited. is is your dream
kitchen or bathroom, so include only what you want to live with.
classic colour combo in this
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adore the wall in this
bathroom from Pedini
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colour swatches I love
ABOVE This Laminex kitchen picks up on the trend towards
colours from nature. OPPOSITE (far left) A Pedini bathroom
shows the move to a more seamless design and softer furnishings;
(from top) storage and lighting are key: Laminex Contour doors,
a Hettich Cosario storage system and Hettich's LED lighting.
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