Now that we’ve all got so used to Pinterest it seems that many of us are incapable of planning a room unless we have lots of gorgeous interiors pictures to gaze at first to get us in the mood. That’s definitely not a bad thing, by the way, but it does mean that many of the people that come to me are a little overwhelmed by the amount of information out there.
They pin 827 pictures and then lose site of the direction that they originally wanted to go in. So they come to me for help. In many ways I am less an interiors consultant and more of a sorter outer, a director if you will. Someone who can see the wood for the trees. Or the geometrics through the florals.
Given the wealth of information that is out there, it was only a matter a time before some of the cannier companies jumped in with their take on the idea. First up is high end bathroom retailer CP Hart. They have just launched a moodboard function on the site so you can browse dozens of images and pin the ones that appeal to your board and then wander over to the product pages and see what matches up. As you scroll through the images a little heart pops up and you simply click that for it to be added instantly to your moodboard. Seemples.
It’s just as addictive as Pinterest but because it’s all about their products – and they have a wide range from Jaime Hayon to Dornbracht via Philippe Starck – it’s all a bit more curated which means you should find it easier to come up with a complete look.
There are some gorgeous images to choose from; including lifestyle shots by the manufacturers as well as hotels and other real places, so you can really get a feel for how the products can come together.
CP Hart asked me to have a go at trialling their new moodboard and I spent a happy couple of hours roaming around creating a couple of dream bathrooms, the results of which you see in these images. It’s really simple to use and because they stock so much stuff it’s actually pretty easy to pull together an amazing bathroom. Perhaps a little too easy – there currently aren’t enough bathrooms in my house for all my dreams.
One other thing for all your professional designers out there is that there is both a consumer and a trade section. The latter means you can store your favourite products and access full trade account with discounts and support as long as you’ve registered for a professional account.
What do you think of companies including a proper moodboard tool? Do add the elements of your dream bathrooms below – we might be able to pull together another moodboard in a couple of weeks’ time.