If you are thinking about remodeling and are overwhelmed by the possibilities and scope of it all – you are not alone!  As a design professional, I meet individuals and couples all the time that feel unsure of how to move forward.

 

Here are five helpful steps for you – whether you are overseeing your own home improvements or planning to work with a professional.

1.  Sit down with a notepad and a cup of coffee or tea.  On paper, establish how much you want to spend each of the upcoming years on your home.  Next, prioritize what rooms you want to do and in what order.  Living rooms, kitchens or family rooms are typically a first choice because they are often the rooms we spend the most time in and entertain in.  But don’t neglect to consider how important it is to also create a master bedroom and bath that nurtures you on a personal level at the beginning and end of each day.

 2.  Start an inspiration file.  There are so many great design magazines and books out there these days that it should be easy to find one or two that speak to you.  Clip pages with photos of interiors that you love.  When traveling, take snapshots of design details inside hotels or out on the street that you want to remember for your own remodel.  Once you’ve built up enough of a collection, analyze what it is that you gravitate to and why.  Look at your color preferences, the style of window treatments and what is being layered into the rooms that you love.  

3.  Think thru your color pallet for your home as a whole instead of thinking about color one room at a time.  Every room should be able to feel unique, while also creating a pleasing and harmonious flow to the home.  Choose colors of a similar intensity that look good next to one another.  If you laid out all the colors for each of your room’s walls along with dominant fabrics for such things as window coverings, sofa fabrics and area rugs next to one another on a table, they should all look great together.    

4.  Whether overseeing the remodel yourself, or working with a professional, make sure drawings are done of your floor plan and elevations in a kitchen or bath before demo begins.  It is really important to consider how all the pieces of the puzzle fit together and relate to one another before making any major purchases.  For instance, how will that round mirror work with the linear wall sconces that you like.  If doing it yourself, measure out the floor and walls on graph paper (available at any office supply store) and layer onto it all the items going into the space.  Make sure the scale and balance is pleasing and if it’s not, find new selections that better relate to one another.

5.  If you are beginning work in a living room or bedroom, create the background of the room first by painting or papering the walls.  Prioritize your furnishing purchases.  In a living room, buy or re-cover the sofa first.  In a bedroom, begin with finding bedding that you love along with a wonderful bed frame.  Then continue your search by looking for the lighting, tables and seating you need to finish out the space.  Carry with you swatches of your paint colors and other fabrics already selected, so that you can be sure the new items you are finding work well with those already filling the space.    

And don’t forget there are professionals available to help.  Whether bringing in a designer to manage the remodel or just to consult with you along the way, accepting some guidance from those more familiar with the task at hand can often be a relief.

Happy remodeling!

 

- Sasha Witte

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