Design Tools


Inspiration boards are all the rage! In my book, anyway. They’ve been a “hobby” of mine for about five years or so. Whether it be for a room in our house, a space for a friend, or an event / party idea, inspiration boards (also called “mood boards”) are the cat’s meow. They help me think though every last detail and help me decide on major choices before I spend a single penny. They can also take away some of the headache in defining the style of a room. Basically, inspiration boards rock my world… well, our world. Greg has grown to appreciate them as well because he loves it when things are planned out before we start on a project (reason # 43,943 we make a good team). If you aren’t sure what an inspiration / mood board is, you can see some of the ones we’ve made for our house on posts here, here, and here.

As you may know, we are currently in the midst of shopping around for kitchen cabinetry options and designs. Our most recent experience was with KraftMaid (read more about that here). I was on their website yesterday scouring the pages for… actually, I can’t remember what I was looking for because I got totally side tracked with what I’m about to show you guys. I clicked on “Ideas and Inspiration” tab and found theirΒ Inspiration Board Design Tool:

Once you click the “Get Started!” button, you are asked to select a template. These temples are simple, stylish, and in my opinion – perfect! This takes most of the placement guessing game away and practically does it for you. Β As Greg always says, “Work smarter, not harder!”

Now is where the real fun begins… The KraftMaid Inspiration Board Design Tool gives you a plethora (I like using that word) of inspiration photos, including shelving options, door styles, cabinet features, textures, and even “buzz words” that describe your dream space. However, the feature that’s the icing on the cake is the “Your Images” button where you can add images you’ve collected to the inspiration board. Cue the oooh’s and ahhh’s! With this feature, the possible designs are virtually endless. It also means if you want to make a totally non-kitchen related inspiration board, you can still use this tool!

Once you’re finished playing, you can save your inspiration board as a JPG on your computer. Better yet, if you have a smartphone, you can email the image to yourself so you will have your inspiration board when you are out shopping!

If you are in a creative mood or looking for some inspiration for your home, be sure to check out the KraftMaid Inspiration Board Design Tool.Β It’s a fun and super easy way to put together inspiration and could help you define your style. Happy creating!

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    Lisa M
    April 8, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    I always put pictures together in Word. This will look a lot nicer and it looks to be A LOT easier too!! Thanks for sharing!

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    April 8, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    Wow! A new tool to bookmark. Can’t wait to try it out!

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    Molly K
    April 8, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    I enjoy putting together “mood boards” for random room ideas. Even baby nurseries and I’m not even married yet!!! LOL

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    April 8, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    I can’t wait to play with this when I get home. I’m at work now… Shhhh. πŸ˜‰

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    April 8, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    i LURRRRRVE inspiration boards πŸ™‚ i’m a much more visual person. it also helps me convince the hubs of things we HAVE to have… πŸ˜‰

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    April 8, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    That is awesome! Going to play with it now!

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    Melanie Greer
    April 8, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    I’ve always wanted to make an inspiration board…didn’t know how (electronically challenged). I will definitely give this a try!! My husband is not going to be happy! Lol!

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    Carolyn Veigh
    April 8, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    This should be fun:)

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    Cait @ Hernando House
    April 8, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    I like the idea of adding buzz words to design boards! I’ll have to try this out and add a link to the bottom of my blog’s design board section.

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    Katie @ explanationrequired
    April 8, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    I’d never seen this before. Thanks so much for sharing!

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    April 9, 2011 at 12:42 am

    Is It for kitchens only?

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      April 9, 2011 at 9:40 am

      Not necessarily… The product images they have to choose from are all kitchen-based. However, you can upload your own photos to make any type of inspiration board. It’s really fun!

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    April 9, 2011 at 8:12 am

    Not related to this post, but how did the guest bedroom come out? I love the progress shots!

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      April 9, 2011 at 9:42 am

      We will be posting about that on Monday along with some progress photos! πŸ™‚

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    April 9, 2011 at 11:53 am

    I did it! I’m technically challenged and I made an inspiration board:). Very user friendly.

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    Jayme & Mendi
    April 12, 2011 at 10:42 am

    Oh, girl, I’m right there with you!! From one Type A soul to another! πŸ™‚ I love this idea. Currently I have a “bulletin board” inspiration board outside of my laundry room. But I’m loving the idea of this virtual inspiration board that I can keep on my iPhone!

    We are fellow Richmonders too!! We just started a new blog called Her Late Night Cravings. We’re going to cover fashion trends, beauty products, etc…but I’ll be diving into home decor soon, because it’s one of my passions.

    We’d love for you to check us out at!!

    Thanks –

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