Whether you’ve been in your home for a few years or purchased a home that needs some updating or if you’re in a brand new home that needs to be injected with a healthy dose of “homey” feel, some TLC for any space adds a lot of value, psychological and monetary. The hustle will pay off!
One of the first things I always recommend considering, when it comes to any home remodel, renovation, make-over or face-lift is your wall color. I meet a lot of people who want to change or update the design of a certain space, they want it to look and feel different. These are very reasonable and doable desires. There is one very important aspect to a make-over of any space that we cannot overlook: your wall color. Depending on the design style you decide to shoot for, look around your space and ask yourself if beige wall color will work with Mid-Century design you’ve been wanting to transform your space into; if that red accent wall will mix well with a Bohemian Style Living Room you’ve been dreaming about; if light grey walls will work with your soon-to-be French Country Master Suite. Wall color can be challenging as any color changes its shade depending on the wall it’s applied to and the time of the day. But with the right guidance, a choice you’ll be happy with is right around the corner.
The right flooring is equally important to consider in your home renovation project. And when I say right flooring, I mean, color, durability, and your taste. Certain wood species do best with certain wood stains. Tailoring the stain to fit perfectly with the wall color is a delicate process. Choosing the right carpet is a tricky business. Carpet can easily enhance the looks of a space but it can also as easily diminish it. The right color and texture are the two most important points to consider when it comes to carpet aesthetics. Do you prefer Nylon versus Polyester fiber or Olefin versus Wool? Do you prefer Cut Pile texture versus Loop or Cut-Loop texture versus Berber? Durability is just as important to bring into the conversation. Do you have children or pets? What are the highest traffic areas in your home? Do you mind having different flooring types on one floor, in one particular space, versus the other? Whether you choose engineered wood or real wood, or porcelain wood-looking tile or carpet, seeking professional advice has absolutely no downside to it!
The design flow of your home as a whole should always be kept in mind when remodeling or renovating your house.
Stairs and Railings (if you have those). This piece of “equipment” cannot be avoided, or has to be at least talked about, while your home is getting its make-over. You probably don’t want to have a grey wash hardwood floors on the first floor and cherry wood handrails and treads running up to the second story. Yes, you can have contrast, absolutely! But if you do decide the contrast is the thing to do, then make it drastic! Show the contrast off! If you don’t want the contrast, then I would suggest sticking close to the wood stain, if you choose wood as your flooring.
Recessed lighting and lighting fixtures! Most likely, your home already has recessed lights installed, therefore I won’t talk about these much (but if you don’t, I’d highly recommend installing them!). Many homes I walk into have builder-installed lighting fixtures in most rooms. While a homeowner may be perfectly ok with the “most likely” version of a ceiling light fixture, it would be much better to find a suitable replacement from a design standpoint. Lighting fixtures should be chosen to create harmony with other design elements of the space. They shouldn’t stand out nor should they become a focal point. Instead, a lighting fixture should add uniqueness and character to the design.
We can dissect your home into spaces it entails, but that will take a whole lot of your time to read about. Besides, that’s my job, and not to bore you, my client, with behind-the-scenes details, is one of my job descriptions. The thing to remember is: design flow of your home as a whole, should always be kept in mind when remodeling or renovating your house. Spaces intersect with one another. While you can have a couple of rooms designed in a completely different style from the rest of your house, it makes sense to create a flow for areas that are visibly open and situated next to one another.
Now, let’s touch upon the fun part of your home’s make-over. The stuff that happens closer to the finish line. The stage of the design process that you’ll enjoy participating in. That is picking and choosing elements for your space. This is where I let my imagination and creativity rule, but at the same time keep things functional and within the budget. I won’t overwhelm you, that’s a promise. I do understand that seeing dozens of pieces of furniture and many other elements that may end up in your space, can, indeed, be a bit too much, unless of course, that’s your preference. This is my favorite part of the process, my “soft spot”. And I’m good, and I mean great kind of good, at it! This is where I translate everything you have told me, big or small, during our initial meet and greet, into the space, into the design. This is when the magic happens.
No matter how big or small your home renovation, remodel, update, or make-over may be, I put my heart and soul into every inch of it! “