How to Create a Moodboard: Casual Contemporary

A designers' hack for bringing your interior design vision to life.

Written by:Cambria USA
A gorgeous kitchen with light gray-brown cabinets, white quartz countertops, a center island topped with white quartz, and modern appliances.

Cambria design shown: Skara Brae™

Love a mix of modern and cozy in your space? Casual contemporary may be your vibe. A versatile style, casual contemporary design emphasizes organic textures, plenty of light, and natural color palettes. We’ve created a moodboard inspired by this relaxed vibe and chosen a few of our favorite casual contemporary spaces to showcase.

How to Easily Create a Casual Contemporary Moodboard

Creating a moodboard is the first step in a kitchen update or home remodel. A moodboard is defined by personal style, so if you don’t love an item, lose it. It’s all about achieving a look that fits you and your home. Selecting your favorite Cambria design is a good place to start. See how to build a moodboard for your dream space with these easy steps, starting with inspiration all the way through final touches.


Cambria’s design Skara Brae inspires this casual contemporary moodboard.

Find Inspiration From Everyday Objects

Cambria's design palette has a range of designs and styles to offer inspiration, whether you love the look of marble or prefer a granite alternative. Finding items that inspire your creativity and incorporating them into a moodboard is part of the process. Turn to your favorite kitchenware, like platters or flatware to get inspired. Start small and build from there.

We love the bold yet neutral Skara Brae for a casual contemporary palette. The white backdrop offset with bold olive green and black veins makes it a striking marble alternative. For similar bold marble-like movement but warmer hues, try Brittanicca Gold Warm™ or Brittanicca Warm™. For similar tones yet softer movement, opt for white quartz countertop designs like Dovedale™ or Delgatie™.

a gorgeous kitchen with gray-brown cabinets and a center island topped with white quartz countertops.

The rich veining of Skara Brae countertops inspired the look of this contemporary loft kitchen featuring taupe-gray cabinets, wood stools, and matte black faucet.

Liven It Up With Natural Accents

Adding organic elements, like air plants, succulents, or florals to a moodboard offers palette inspiration or a final pop of color. Greenery is a large part of an emerging style: modern bohemian. This softer, nature-inspired combination of contemporary and boho is ideal for those who love a minimalistic take on bohemian design.

Natural woods play an important part in balancing harsh lines, creating a cozier vibe for the room. Experiment with a variety of wood cabinetry and Cambria samples in your moodboard to get the tone that suits your contemporary casual space. Airy and bright Cambria countertop designs like Swanbridge™Torquay™, or Weybourne™ will allow natural elements and textures to pop in any room.

small, vintage looking kitchen with white cabinets, open shelving, two small windows, overhead lighting, and a center table made from wood.

The Tiny Canal Cottage kitchen softens the modern look of Weybourne countertops in an all-white space with woven bags, rustic wood table, and plenty of greenery.

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