Tile or Wood? What color should I paint? Cherry or Maple cabinets? These are common questions I hear when a potential client is looking to update or remodel their home. The answers however will vary depending on the space, the clients, the budget, and personal tastes. It would be easy if there was a text book reference for these solutions, making it easier for homeowners to implement. But the result would be just that, a text book solution- generic, plain, and Beige!
So how do you coordinate finishes for updating your home and avoid making costly or even ugly mistakes? Instead of focusing on the right cabinet or flooring decision first, step back and ask yourself what it is you want as the end result. The best question to ask is “How do I want to feel in this space?” By asking this question, your brain switches from right brain thinking to left brain thinking. Instead of processing the “right decision” and “what makes sense”, you start to visually describe the look and feel you want to be in. Asking “how do I want to feel” is a bit deeper question with the answers offering insight into material finish solutions. For every color, texture, shape, and material in combination with each other will create a look and a feel regardless if you think about it before hand. So why not start with the feeling first, and then choose finishes and colors to reflect that.
This preliminary design process starts to align us with what we love, and creates a foundation to build from. At Inner View, we provide our clients with a fun 15 minute exercise that provides this framework for making decisions. This process provides clarity, builds confidence, and assists with executing decisions. A Personalized Design Plan is a great investment before a project begins and will save you time and money during the implementation.