The home-buying season is in full swing and while it’s an intense housing market (read: insane), if you were lucky enough to get an accepted offer, you’re on to the next step of making your new house work for you. Perhaps you’ve given up on finding a new home, and have decided to revamp your existing space to bring it up to your current tastes.
But where to begin? Honing in on your style can be so overwhelming, especially when you’re wanting to change up and entire home. Two of our designers, Dustin Polster and Paula Wright, have years of experience and tips to help you simply start.
While we’ve had definite fads [some lasting longer than others] they are often temporary. Designer Paula Wright thinks that you cannot go wrong with a modern classic or mid-century modern style. The farmhouse, boho and industrial styles are trends that are starting to phase out. There’s nothing wrong with incorporating a current trend, but doing so with accent pieces and finishing touches is a more economical way to go about it.
Finding your style
If you’re unsure of your style, or where to begin, Dustin and Paula both agree that you should start with your larger pieces of furniture first. These pieces are called “anchor pieces” because they anchor and set the tone for the whole home.
Paula stresses that it’s important to reassess your inventory. We often inherit items from family and friends, or have things we once loved but now it no longer fits your lifestyle. You should purge the furniture you no longer love to free up space for the can’t-be-without items that will set the tone for your entire home.
Cohesive finishing touches
Once you have your main pieces as an anchor, you can begin the careful process of selecting finishing touches that will compliment each other.
Paula suggests tying everything together with one or two accent colors that are then repeated in the home. You can do this by painting an accent wall or using area rugs, accessories and art that share the same pop of color. Dustin agrees that cohesiveness is achieved by making sure the flow of the home has the same vibe and colors that harmoniously work together.
The process doesn’t have to be done all at once. To prevent overwhelm if you’re designing solo, Dustin suggests a five-year plan to furnishing and designing a home. It can be done all at once; however, Dustin suggestions bringing in a professional to help with the process if you’re wanting to take the quicker route.
Making your house work
Our team at HOUSEWORKS can help take the pressure off. We can do an in-home consultation where we’ll take measurements and use 3D software to help you visualize your space. With our teams wealth of experience and knowledge, we will guide you through the process of putting together a beautiful home that works for you. Give us a call at 317-578-7000 to get started.