Bear in mind that when choosing paint colors, many look lighter on a swatch than they will on your walls. Try a patch of paint on your walls before committing. If it turns out to be too saturated, but you still like the basic color, try diluting it with 50 percent white.
With so many styles, products and materials available today, it can be hard to decide which ones will suit you best in the long run. My clients often have a difficult time committing to a design scheme. Since renovation projects involve an investment of time and money, people are afraid of getting it wrong. Although their tastes may change, I’ve found that when my clients follow these eight tips, they’re more likely to enjoy their renovation over a longer period of time.
1. Use durable finishes. If you choose finishes that will hold up well, chances are you’ll not only enjoy your space for years to come, but you’ll also save money over the long term. You may have to spend more for high-quality materials and products at the outset, but their ability to handle wear and tear means that you’ll spend less on repairs or replacements in the future. I often tell my clients that the only time they’ll regret spending money on high-quality items is the day they pay for them. Every day after that, they’ll be grateful to have spent the money on something that is well-made and beautiful.
2. Pick calming wall colors. Our tastes tend to change through the years. Even our color preferences can change. But if you choose colors that are calming for your home, you’re more likely to appreciate them longer. High-energy colors can be fun and exciting, but in my experience, people tire of them more quickly.
3. Add windows. You’ll probably never regret bringing in more natural light to your space or enlarging your windows. But please take measures to control the temperature changes that go along with large windows. Select window coverings to control the amount of heat that comes in during the summer and goes out during the winter. Also ensure that your supply vents are properly placed close to your windows for better climate control.
4. Limit novelty items. If you don’t go overboard with trends and instead pick one or two beloved standouts for a room, the likelihood of you getting tired of your choices is pretty slim. It’s easy to love something that stands out from the pack when you have chosen it wisely.
5. Bring in bold colors through accessories. I’ve found that clients are more willing to commit to bold colors over a longer period of time if they bring them in through accessories and art. Keeping an overall neutral palette allows these bolder hues to pop. Changing accessories is a much cheaper option than having all the walls repainted and materials swapped out every few years.
6. Choose classics. Whether you’re selecting finishes, fixtures or furniture, if you go for classic designs, as opposed to trendy ones, your space is less likely to look dated over time. There’s a reason why certain items become classics, and that’s because there’s an aesthetic to them that continues to please over generations as various trends fall by the wayside.
7. Make functionality a key goal.Make sure you have enough storage — I’ve never had clients who felt that they had too much. Also, try to maintain proper circulation and clearances in your space by not overcrowding it with furniture or millwork. Having barriers or obstacles within your space will grate on your nerves daily without you even realizing what’s bothering you.
8. Don’t be afraid. Just because you want a design that will last doesn’t mean it shouldn’t excite you. I find that my clients often want to change their minds and opt for a “safe” design choice at the last minute. It’s important to trust your instincts. You most likely already know what you like, and that is unlikely to change all of a sudden. The reassuring thing about interiors is that they don’t have to be permanent. Your tastes may change over time, but the good news is that a refresh or remodel is always an option.