Gather inspiration to design your dream home

Mood boards are an ideal visual tool used by homeowners and interior designers to help communicate design concepts and ideas to create dream abodes.

A carefully crafted mood board establishes a particular style or mood that will ultimately shape what the owner aspires to achieve ensuring that their vision becomes a reality in the final home design.

Images, colour swatches, materials, photographs and textures characterise a visual presentation on mood boards.

Dee Kidd, Interior Designer for Kingsbridge Homes, one of Windermere’s Display Village partners comments, “Gather inspiration to design your dream home. View builder display homes as they will often feature different design styles such as Industrial, Hamptons or Scandinavian. Pinterest, real estate websites and magazines are also useful tools.

“Exploration and research will help narrow down the look and feel. Build a mood board by collecting photos and swatches of different textures, products, colours or finishes that reflect your personal style and preference. Have fun, be creative and experiment with different colours and styles to establish your home’s vision.”

She added, “Working from home has placed an added focus on home office designs and styling to bring the outside in. Plants add colour to spaces.  Although a grey and white colour palette is still very popular, more natural colours are now coming through such as beige and greige to create warmth and texture. Accent colours in paint and soft furnishing pieces using sage green, ocean blue or ochre enhance visual interest.

“Sustainable materials such as timber and stone are still sought after as well as styles that stand the test of time including coastal or classic contemporary.  Renovation shows like The Block as well as home and lifestyle magazines are helping drive new design trends.”

A lot of my design inspiration comes from nature, the Australian coastal areas and countryside, according to Dee.

“I often refer to design history to see how a particular style has evolved and adapted over time to the Australian way of living. Real estate websites provide inspiration for new projects, while forecasting from various home suppliers as they share the latest overseas trends and new materials about to be released.”

“Seesaw’s quote – ‘design is a balance between form and function. It takes two’ is one that I have always deferred to when starting with a blank mood board or home canvas,” concluded Dee.

Book an appointment at to view eight Melbourne display locations including the Windermere display home for design and styling inspiration, located at 40 Elementary Road, Mambourin.

To find an affordable land lot visit the Windermere Sales Gallery at 275 Greens Road, Mambourin to discuss land and home and land package opportunities. Saturday – Wednesday 11am – 5pm.