Have you ever been given the advice “live in your home for a while before making design decisions”? Yes, you’re not alone and it’s true, to some extent. When clients are moving into a new house they automatically want to change everything - the paint, the furniture, the bathroom tile, etc. Of course budget plays a huge role, but with budget and renovation projects comes major changes you want to be sure your wanting to make. Small changes within the home can take just as much time as the large ones. Where should I hang my grandmother’s mirror or my favorite framed artwork, or should I buy that art I saw in the retail store down the street?
Not having a well thought out plan can cost you more money in the long run because you spend and spend purchasing items for your home when you don’t really know what you are trying to achieve.
Although I can answer those questions in a second in my client’s home, sometimes even I have a hard time making decisions on what to do with some spaces in my own home, so I step back and take my time making these decisions just as I advise my clients.
Case in point. We have lived in our home for 3 years this upcoming March. Not only have we just now selected tile to replace the outdated tiles in our entryway, powder room and laundry room, but smaller decisions have been made as well like the 2 year old question of “what should we hang in our upstairs hallway?"
It’s a long hallway. We painted it white 2 years back but it’s been bare. I knew the design direction I wanted to go but wanted to make sure I did it right and within our budget. Similar to our old home, I wanted to line the hallway with some of my favorite family photos, but this time in a very modern but grand way. I knew exactly what I wanted: large oversized, black custom frames with large white matting and a photo cut out that was off center… (insert record scratch noise)...what??? I know, it does sound odd when I describe it, but in my mind I knew how amazing it would look. My husband just looked at me and knew he had to go along with it because I was going to do it anyway.