Friday, September 2, 2016

How to Choose Finishes for a Stylish Home

Choosing the interior finishes that express your home’s personality can be a daunting task, but also a fun exercise. When designing or redesigning the inside of your home, every owner wants to be in full control of every detail, from the type of flooring in their dining room to the glaze on the kitchen cabinets.

When revamping your space, try not to use too many different finishes - keep them consistent.

Finishes refer to the various products that are used in a space once the building, structural work and wet works have been completed. These include flooring, light fittings, countertops and cabinets etc.

Here are tips on how to choose finishes that complement your home’s personality.

Plan and budget

Before starting with your home makeover, there are a few things to take into consideration. It is important that you have a clear idea of the look and feel you are going for, as well as if what you want being practical for the space and your budget.

If you are leaning more towards using art as a finish, one should try matching the art to the decor.

By starting an ‘idea file’, you are able to get an idea of prices, as well as a look and feel that might catch your eye. Your file can include anything from color and fabric swatches to magazine cutouts of the finishes you like.

Also, if you are trying to be more budget conscious, There are great flooring options like vinyl floors that look incredible and are up to a quarter of the price of wooden floors.

Create a consistent look

When revamping your space, try not to use too many different finishes - keep them consistent. For example, use the same flooring throughout the home.

If you are trying to be more budget conscious, there are great flooring options like vinyl floors that look incredible, and are up to a quarter of the price of wooden floors.

The moment too many different textures and colors are introduced into a space, the busier it becomes and the more cluttered it looks.

Decorate to complement existing art 

However, if you are leaning more towards using art as a finish, one should try matching the art to the decor. Art is so personal and so subjective. It is often collected over a period of time and represents different times of one's life. You are not going to just change your collection because your decor is being updated. If necessary, the best way to ‘update’ it is to reframe it and use a more contemporary frame.

So once you have considered the costs, look and feel, let your home ‘talk to you’ and follow its voice to its perfect finish.

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