Mare Tracy is an Interior Designer and Color Specialist. She recommends that homeowners create “flow” and the “wow factor” that fits your personality and budget when updating your home.
Updating your home can enliven your whole outlook on life! Every homeowner’s design needs are different, but it may be helpful to identify what stage your home is in and how far you want to take the update. Do your home design needs fit one of these stages of updating?
STAGE 1. FINISHING TOUCHES – UPDATING NEW (or relatively new) HOMES
Are you building or have you moved into a home that was constructed in the last 10 years or so? Then you may be at Stage 1. Your updating may involve simple changes such as adding color, cabinet handles, and personal touches with art and accessories. Color is the most common way to begin this stage. Many homes are not painted at all at the time of construction, but simply sprayed with a texture finish coat. This finish does not wear well, but gives homeowners time to get settled before making the decision to choose their color scheme and paint. Most people agree a house does not feel like a home until color is applied to bring out the natural angles of the architecture and to support artwork and decor.
STAGE 2. MODEST, BUT SIGNIFICANT CHANGES
Sometimes, it’s just time to say goodbye to the old yellow vinyl flooring or the Berber carpet (hopefully the shag has been long forgotten) and enter the new millennium. Modest changes may mean updating carpet and other flooring, interior doors and handles, light fixtures, countertops and paint colors. Here, you may want to seek out the help of an experienced interior designed. Did you know that hiring a designer could actually save you money?
Getting assistance from the start with planning, budgeting and creating a vision may make a potentially stressful remodel fun.
STAGE 3. MAJOR RENOVATION
Then there are times when it’s time to modify the bones of a house. Often times a kitchen remodel spills into replacement of a living room carpet or the need to paint the adjoining rooms. Creating a step-by-step plan with an interior designer who can help you with the management of the various projects through to completion will make your next update stress-free.
People are at different stages in updating and changing the interior of their houses. You could be only needing to do the final touches to a mostly completed house, or you could be in the process of doing more significant renovations to your home, or you could be gutting and completely re-designing the interior of your home. Whatever stage you may be at, it is a good idea to consult with an experienced interior designer to help you get the most out of your project and achieve the vision that you have for your remodel.