Interior Design Project Common Questions and Answers
Post by Stacey Walker. Stacey mostly works behind the scenes for Greenbrook Design, managing day to day operations, marketing, sourcing product and keeping the showroom beautifully designed. Stacey also does interior design & home styling for a select number of clients. Find out more about Stacey here.
It is always fun to watch those home improvement shows, it is always a delight to watch designers come up with a plan that completely transforms the space from drab to fab. Often after watching those shows you have a tendency to look around your own home wishing you could give it an update but a renovation is not conceivable at the moment for one reason or another. The good news is that you don’t have to do a renovation to give your home a lift or freshen it up, sometimes it’s the little things, the details, that can completely revamp your space and make a big impact without breaking the bank either. Discover six simple ways you can enhance your home and even make it feel completely new without going through a renovation.
The dining room table
When it comes to the dining room, it is the table that is at the center of the design. From the table decor to the seating capacity, everything revolves around it so by trading it for something new you can alter the entire look of your space. When shopping for a new dining room table keep these things in mind:
Size of your room
Number of seats needed
These all are important since they can affect the final results of your space. If you purchase a dining table that is too large it can make the entire room feel small and leave you frustrated trying to maneuver around or if it is too small it will get lost. Ideally you want the table to be three feet from the wall on all sides, this makes it easy to get in and out of your seat plus move around others. Think through how many will use the table at one time and factor that into your decision. Functionality is another important feature. Do you need a table that can be easily extended when company comes or that is a specific height for family members that have special needs such as a wheelchair? Durability is imperative for a dining room table since it will often be used for other purposes beyond serving dinner such as games nights and homework. Choosing a new dining room table is a wonderful way to freshen up your dining area.
The living room is a place of comfort and connection. We can spend time by ourselves, enjoying a nice beverage after a long day at work, or spend time with our family doing something fun. Since this is largely an area where we go to sit the go to piece here is the sofa and this is usually the most used piece as well so it’s not a surprise that designers recommend you exchange it every 7 to 15 years. This is an easy way to spruce up the living room, but what should you look for in a new sofa?
When shopping for a new sofa, keep in mind that you need something to coordinate with your preexisting color scheme and style if you want to avoid changing the entire living area. You are also looking for a furniture piece that will give you a comfortable seating choice but also will last for another 7 to 15 years. Select one with a good, solid frame and make sure to try it out before buying it. One last piece of advice, opt for a sofa that is low maintenance such as a fabric that hides dirt especially if you have younger children and cushions that won’t sag ten months after purchase. A new sofa can give your living room the fresh look you have been craving.
One of the most vital components of the bathroom is the vanity meaning that when you change it out you can create a whole new look. Not only does it serve an aesthetic purpose but often it is the key area of storage. There are also several benefits to purchasing a new bathroom vanity including:
More storage space
Functionality is the number one feature in a bathroom vanity since it is the main hub of our routine. From oral hygiene to fixing our hair, it all happens around the vanity so some serious thought should go into your selection. Think about what you use on a daily basis, how much counter space you need and what needs to be stored within easy reach. Drawers and open shelves where containers can be placed are both good components to have in a vanity. Style is another big one as the vanity tends to set the tone for the overall style. Are you looking for something with a modern feel? Pick one with a metal frame. Want a more traditional feel? Select a vanity with wood and drawers over shelves. A new bathroom vanity can easily give you the budget friendly transformation you want. We are an authorized dealer for James Martin Vanities that can give you what you want with a short lead time.
New cabinet hardware
While they may seem like a small part of the design, hardware can completely redo the look and feel of your kitchen or bathroom and is cheaper than new cabinets. Both function and style come together nicely with cabinet hardware allowing you to get the best of each. Whether you enjoy modern, farmhouse, or traditional, there is something for everyone as manufacturers have designed countless sizes and styles out of a wide range of materials. When shopping for hardware it is good to have an answer for design questions such as:
Knob or pull?
What type of finish?
Contrast or matching?
Knowing what direction you want to go will greatly assist you in your selection and shorten the amount of time spent shopping. Hardware is a simple way to freshen up your kitchen or bathroom cabinets but it can also be done for your home office or even bedroom dressers.
Swapping out a new piece of artwork for an old one is an easy and inexpensive way to freshen up an area in the home. You can choose to do a large canva piece or go with a set of smaller art pieces to create a gallery wall. Changing out the frames and sizes can also go a long way to revamping a space. Don’t be afraid to try a new style or type of art, it could give a vibe to your space. From bedrooms to family rooms, a new art piece could be the solution to a fresh new space.
A new countertop is considered an investment and is cheaper than a whole new kitchen. It can completely freshen up your space and even change up the dynamic with a sharp contrast of dark against light. Granite and quartzite remain a popular choice as they are durable and elegant. Coming in a variety of colors, there is one that will perfectly reflect your unique style and preference.
Are you ready?
Your home is a reflection of you but sometimes we all enjoy a little change. Purchasing a new sofa, dining room table, or updating your bathroom vanity can give you the fresh look you want without having to go through a major alteration. Small changes can often have big impacts so come visit our 5,000 square foot showroom and browse our inventory of home decor and furnishings located in beautiful uptown Shelby, NC.