Typically, blank canvases are new builds or previously designed spaces that have been stripped down to the studs. Starting from scratch can be refreshing, but it can also be daunting. Where do I start? What is my style? How do I put all my “likes” together to create a space that I love? First off, take a deep breath. This is an exciting venture, enjoy it!
Look at Inspiration Photos
I encourage all homeowners to look at inspiration photos. This gives you the ability to learn about your unique aesthetic. Ask yourselves questions like: Do I like straight, clean lines with bold paint color choices or soft edges, that encourage an inviting atmosphere, and warm color selections? Clean lines with bold color choices tend to prove a more modern/contemporary design style and soft edges with warm tones lean more towards transitional/traditional design style. If you are building a new home, ensure that your builder allows for plenty of design selections. Sposen Signature Homes gives nearly limitless options to ensure that all homeowners can create a personalized space. Once you understand what your aesthetic is you can start putting an inspiration board together of paint swatches, tiles, and fixtures to see your ideas in one place.
Design for Your Lifestyle
Starting at the beginning stages of design is the best time to revamp your space to work for your lifestyle. Do you have kids? Do you have pets? Do you want to come home and relax or would you rather invite friends over for a get together? If you have kids, you may want your space to include carpet or an area rug to provide a place for them to play comfortably. Pets tend to be messy – if you have pets, you may want to have a semi-gloss paint on the wall vs flat or matte paint for easy wipe down. Open and free flowing spaces provide the perfect party atmosphere. If you like to entertain, keeping your main living areas open for conversation is a must. Sposen Signature Homes has beautiful floor plans that provide open and airy living spaces, perfect for entertaining.
Products that Offer Longevity
Are your selections going to last? Knowing that you are receiving quality products is a huge must. Choosing a porcelain tile over a ceramic tile for your floors can give you additional years without worry of having an expensive remodel. Cabinetry that has full extension dove tail drawers will be a longer lasting product than stapled drawer boxes. Using fixtures like Moen for your faucets and shower heads and Kwikset for exterior and interior door hardware provides you will a lifetime manufacturer warranty – talk about peace of mind! Knowing that your builder is choosing quality products, like Sposen Signature Homes does, creates trust between homeowner and builder. Sposen offers all the “must haves” mentioned above.
Learning how to make a new space your own does not have to be hard. Take time to learn about your unique aesthetic, understand what design decisions will work best with your lifestyle, and make sure that you can count on the longevity of your selections. These three “tips” will give you peace of mind for years to come.