I had the privilege of working with a client last week who was wanting to replace the flooring, trim, and doors on most of the main floor of her home. She had a good sense what she wanted and fantastic style, so it was just a fun process for me helping to narrow down the options. Because when you think about any kind of remodel, there are usually so many options!
It is important when carrying out any changes to your home to consider both your personal style and the style of your home. Having cohesion between any old and new parts of your home is so important -- ever been in a historic 1920's home with a distinctly 70's kitchen?! A designer can take all those important considerations and help you find the best options for your space and budget.
But remember: your contractor is not a designer! Don't get me wrong -- I greatly appreciate contractors and handymen for being skilled at bringing your plans to life. However, asking them for design advice may not be their expertise. Just because they can tell you what "everyone else" is doing in their remodels doesn't mean that it will be a good fit for your space. Plus, one goal in good design is giving you a space that is uniquely you and that doesn't look just like everyone else!
Also, when shopping for materials for a remodel, remember that your salesperson is most likely not a designer either! They are very knowledgeable about the product they are selling and can advise you on value, durability, and again popularity but probably won't be able to help you find the very best options for the style of your entire space. Depending on what you're looking for, there may be dozens of options! I can quickly and easily narrow down those options to give you just a few great choices to consider.
I you're thinking starting a remodeling project (or in the middle of one!) and feeling overwhelmed by the options, please contact me! I can guarantee that I can save you time -- and a design consultation might even save you money! By choosing materials that are the best fit for your home and style, you'll be less likely to want to change them as the trends change. And a cohesive, well-designed home will bring you enjoyment in the present and better returns should you ever need to sell in the future.