Design Studio Survival Guide

When it comes time to design your new home you’ll be asked to visit the builder’s design center.

A design expert will help you handpick every detail. Designing your new home is one of the most fun and exciting parts of the new home buying process.

However, if you just jump into it, you could find yourself overwhelmed by your choices.


KNOW YOUR DECORATING STYLE

Your ideas should have a common theme. It can be completely unique to you, copy a picture, a place or even a home featured in a magazine. However, having a style that transposes into every room is very important. This creates a unifying bond throughout the home and will tie every room together!

ASK YOURSELF, “HOW DO I WANT THIS ROOM TO MAKE ME FEEL?”
Do you want to be comfortable and relaxed? Or would you rather the room have an energetic effect? This comes into play especially when choosing the paint colors for each room. Once you know the feel and theme of the rooms, then the design center employees will have no problem helping you choose the perfect color to paint your walls and furniture to help you accomplish your dream room!

MAKE SURE THERE IS A CONTINUITY OF DESIGN
The furniture, as well as the color scheme, should tie together. Not all of the rooms need to match, nor should they. However, each room should flow together naturally and have a similar style to create a unified effect. Using the same color tone can also make your home look larger while choosing multiple colors can cause it to appear smaller.

EACH ROOM SHOULD BE FUNCTIONAL
Everyone wants their home to be pretty, but it also needs to fit its purpose. You need to take into account kids, parents, grandparents and visitors. Think of who you will be entertaining in your new home and what sort of activities will be going on. If you have young children, you aren’t going to want to have white furniture and white walls. Try to anticipate how the family is going to function in the home. In a similar way, you need to think about the size of your fridge and quite areas.

THINK TO YOURSELF, “WILL IT LAST?”
Although it may be fun to create a room that is trendy and unique, trends change often. When choosing your cabinetry, countertops and flooring, ask yourself if what you are selecting today will be something that will still be stylish years from now. If you want to make a room trendier, think about the accessories instead! Throw pillows, area rugs and other decorative touches can add whimsy and are affordable enough to change frequently.

Design centers can feel overwhelming. However if you take the time to remember your touchstones of style, feel, color scheme and functionality, your experience will go a lot smoother. The designer will be able to help you more effectively and you will come out of the design center excited about your new home design.