Is it Time to Give Your Home a New and Fresh Look? Let’s Walk Through Some Questions that Will Help You Establish Your Next Steps!
Evaluate Your Style and Budget
-Do you have a visual picture of how you want your room or home to look?
-Is your style preference contemporary, modern or traditional?
-What is your budget? Make it realistic. Maybe you cannot establish your budget until you can decide what needs to be done.
-What do you want to keep? Time to De-Clutter! What do you want to donate or what do you want to sell?
Are you a Do-It-Yourself type? Or are you likely to hire a professional interior designer?
Let’s look at the pros and cons of both.
Pro: You might save some money. You can shop until you drop
Cons: No one takes responsibility for end results. The big picture is never discussed because you are a product from a person who is simply selling you the product. It is not their job to design your space.
Hiring a Professional
Pro: A professional designer will create a design plan for your home. With your budget, your designer will help you prioritize what is needed in order to give your space the “Look and Feel” you are searching for.
A designer will manage your project and take responsibility for the end result. Product knowledge and communication with the designer are important.
Cons: additional cost for design fee. Some designers work directly with the wholesale trade, providing wholesale pricing on furniture. Other designer work exclusively by design fee only. If communication and contract are not clear, you could be surprised with an unfavorable end result. Make sure you are working with a designer who has experience with Design and Product. If you cannot implement the design with products to match, your design plan is of no value.
Where to Start
With or without a professional design consultant?
Tip 01: Consider your home as a whole. You might just want to redo one room at a time but need to understand that everything is connected. That is why model homes are so intriguing to people. They “feel” so good because everything flows. Your designated room is part of the total.
Tip 02: What is the size of the room? Furniture placement is crucial in making your spaces engaging. Make sure your new furnishings are accommodating the space properly. Don’t buy new furnishings and “hope” that is fits.
Tip 03: Floor Coverings: Are you keeping the existing floor coverings or making a change? Pattern or solid? Remember your furniture and floor coverings need to compliment one another. Keep your floor covering selection down to a minimum. Floor covering transition changes should be minimal to avoid confusion in a home. Be aware of where these transition changes are located for often they create furniture placement challenges. *An area rug can be fitted to any room size! Check out the rest of the Miner’s building for flooring options.
Tip 04: Wall color. If you do not have a definite design plan it is best to paint all the walls a neutral color that enhances your color scheme. The neutral color could be any range of earth tones to currently fashionable gray tones. Accent walls can be easily introduced once your color scheme has been established.
Tip 05: Existing window treatments. Change or not to change? Remember ,window coverings are not only for sun or privacy, but in most cases create the back drop for most rooms. Our eyes naturally gravitate towards the back of the room. Those window coverings should enhance the furnishings that are in front of the windows. The room needs to be grounded, which means that somewhere there should be something vertical on those windows that connects the ceiling to the floor, such as drapery side panels that are used all the time in model homes. Shutters and blinds usually do not create this by themselves.
Tip 06: How much foot traffic does your home get? Your answer will influence the floor coverings and upholstery furniture choices for the room. Make sure this is factored in when selecting a new product, for the product should be geared towards the amount of use it will endure.
Tip 07: What does the fireplace look like? Usually this is the focal point in the room. All furnishings should accent this area. Usually newer homes are accented on the outside of the home with extended bbq areas with fire pits and outdoor spaces. Every home has distinguished focal points. Fireplaces can be rock or simply sheet rocked in a modern motif. If they are stone or granite, they are part of your projected color scheme. Keep that in mind when you are designing your room. The focal point is part of the big picture.
Tip 08: What colors do you enjoy? What colors do you see in your closet? Do you get tired of color easily? Do you change colors seasonally? These are all questions you need to factor in prior to selecting wall paint, flooring, window coverings and upholstered furniture.
We know it can be time-consuming to select the best products for your home. Educate yourself on what is available or simply hire a design professional who can guide you in the right direction.