So many decisions! I honestly don’t know how homeowners can make all of the many large and small decisions when starting with everything new. Good thing my client has me to help! 🙂
Here is a picture of the house last week:
Moving right along! I wrote here how we selected the exterior design components. Now that we have moved indoors, the choices to be made are many. I thought I would share a couple of ideas and helpful tips.
So where to start? I suggested flooring should be one of the first choices. A tip I would like to pass on when choosing hardwood flooring, is think of the entire room with the hardwood. Do you like a solid color everywhere like this?:
Or do you like a varied toned wood floor?
We chose the varied toned wood floors for his new home because he liked the color variations throughout. There is no right or wrong, it is what you like.
Speaking of floors, we visited the tile store last week. My suggestion to you, before you even walk in, is to call and make an appointment with someone that works at the store to help guide you along. We had four bathrooms to find tile flooring, shower walls, shower floor and accent tile for walls. It sounds overwhelming, but ask questions- What is your best selling tile? Do you have coordinating tile that works together in a group? What size tile is popular right now?:
We loved the 12 x 24” tiles and decided to use in the kitchen and a couple of the bathrooms:
Regarding trim and molding- Do not purchase what is in stock at the store without a plan! The salesman at the lumber yard tried to sell us something simple like this for the baseboard:
This is your chance to bring in more personality and elegance with wider baseboards:
There are so many different sizes and shapes in molding today. I suggest to go with a larger trim rather than the small builder trim they will use if you do not ask.
A question my client had today was what color for the bathroom fixtures should be used? Almond or bisque? No and no. White is the best choice for fixtures so that you do not call attention and see them. When you add a color in such as almond, then you have to work with the almond when selecting flooring and wall colors. White is best for bath sinks, tubs and toilets for a clean, uncluttered look.
We started looking at kitchen galleries in the local area yesterday. Ray and I are at different vantage points right now. He loves this:
Which is pretty, but I am crazy for the white kitchens:
I asked the saleswoman which is more popular, white or stained cabinets, since the stores had both displayed equally and she told me that people who have white now, tend to want stained and visa versa. Interesting!
I did notice quite a few kitchens with a glazed finish:
I am not crazy about them and worry they will go out of style soon. What do you think readers?
I am having a great time with this project! Stay tuned for more updates and information. Thanks everyone!