How to find your interior design style

We all know what we like when it comes to how a home looks but how do you translate that into your own dream home?

Getting your interior design exactly to your taste is one of the greatest things you can achieve when building a home. And to do this, it’s important to bring the experts in. When you build a home with Hamlan, our design consultants will help you bring that vision to life in our Style Studio.

Every client will meet our design team at their colours appointment, which is where you’ll be guided through the selection of your internal and external fixtures and finishes. They will also review your electrical plan and recommend functional placements for powerpoints and light fittings.

Hamlan’s design consultants help you bring your vision to life in their Style Studio.

But what do you need before you get started? Our colour consultants say that preparation is key.

“Creating mood boards is a great way to ignite inspiration for colour appointments,” says Hamlan interior designer and style studio coordinator Mia Steinfort.

So how can a mood board help you create the home of your dreams? Let us explain how and why.

Your colours appointment

Firstly, what is a colour appointment and what is the Style Studio? Our Style Studio is at Hamlan’s head office and is where you will be making all the selections for your internal and external finishes and fixtures under the expert guidance of our colour consultants.

When we talk about finishes and fixtures we’re talking about selections such as wall colour, cabinetry finishes, flooring, door handles, taps and bathware, and tiles. The exterior selections include roofing, cladding, brickwork, windows and hardware.

External selection on left, internal selection on right.

Our colour consultants will also discuss your electrical plan, mapping out your lighting to help create a more light-filled space. You’ll be asked whether you want to add in feature lights, such as statement pendant lightings, and fans.

This will be one of the most enjoyable parts of your building journey, however the choices can quickly be overwhelming if you haven’t done the groundwork and decided on what looks, tones and textures you want to see in and around your new home.

Starting your mood board

You don’t have to have a signed building contract to start a mood board – anyone can do it if they have a vision of their new home. A mood board is a starting point for colour selection and is a great way to get a clear idea of what tones and textures you are naturally drawn to.

“It’s up to the client how they’d like to put their mood board together,” Mia says.

“Some clients will do cut outs and other clients will have photo images from Instagram and Pinterest so it does vary a lot.

“They are both great ways to put a mood board together to capture their style.”

This moodboard will give you a foundation for your colour scheme and will really solidify the overall feel of the style of your home.

Creating mood boards is a great way to ignite inspiration for colour appointments.

Why is this process important?

Creating a moodboard and establishing the foundation of your colour scheme is a really important part of nailing your home’s interior design.

It allows you to establish a cohesive colour flow throughout your house. That doesn’t necessarily mean painting the entire house the same colour or using the same tile throughout. By establishing your colour flow you’re able to choose tones that work together to differentiate parts of your home while keeping the whole home consistent. For example, if you have selected a warm, organic feel for your home and decided on muted, earthy tones, you’ll be able to choose similar tones that can differentiate between the kitchen and the bathroom. With the colour flow in mind, it will also help you to select feature aspects such as a feature tiled splashbacks, all while staying true to the overall style of your home.

Using a moodboard to establish the style of your home is also important to determine the furniture of your new home. If you love mid-century modern and love the look of a vintage occasional chair, this will help you decide what type of piece to choose and where this hero piece of furniture will need to go in your home. You also might already have pieces of furniture that you already own that you want to feature in your new home. By adding this to your moodboard, you will be able to determine the right colours, lighting and placement to enhance this piece and turn it into a feature.

In Summary

When you build a home with Hamlan, our style consultants will help you nail your interior design in our Style Studio.

Every client will meet our design team at their colours appointment, which is where you’ll be guided through the selection of your internal and external fixtures and finishes.

Our design team says creating mood boards is a great way to ignite inspiration for colour appointments. A mood board is a starting point for colour selection and will solidify what tones and textures you are naturally drawn to.
It’s up to you how you put together a moodboard, some ideas include collecting images from Instagram or Pinterest, or cutting out photos from magazines or brochures.

When you bring your moodboard to your colours appointment it will help our colour consultants to establish a cohesive colour flow for your home, which will make your selections much easier to determine. It will also help you to determine what furniture you want in your home and help your favourite pieces of furniture become design features.

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