How to Put the “You” in Unique Design

Unique design starts with you! The most personal designs are a result of being involved, intentional, and authentic throughout the design process. Honing your unique design style takes time. Explore trends, ask friends, tour homes, and talk to experts. These are great ways to sort through likes, dislikes, and what really works best for you!

Here are a few tips to help you achieve uniquely-you design:

Plan for Real Life

Your design style should be reflective of your life-style. Consider the wants and needs of all users who will occupy the space. Take time to contemplate anticipated room use and function upfront. This will lead to smart design decisions and ultimately happy spaces. Organization, accessibility, durability, and technology are all very personal design features to consider.

Create a Vision

Knowing what you like and what you want out of a design helps establish a vision. A balance between aesthetics and function also creates timelessness in a design. Having a vision helps keep you focused, on track, and eliminates unnecessary expenses that can arise when plans are incomplete or fickle. Designing spaces piece-by-piece with long gaps of time in between can lead to perpetually unfinished spaces, a recurring desire to alter the plan, and sometimes a room without a purpose.

Contrasting Elements

Contrast creates a more realistic and natural feel in a design. Layer contrasting materials, patterns, and textures to enhance visual energy. Think coarse next to smooth, shiny next to dull, scratchy next to soft, etc. Contrast elevates design with unique personality.

Be Authentic

Incorporate unique family heirlooms and everyday pieces into room design. Every house has a story to tell—authentic design tells your unique story. From custom color palettes that represent your tastes to decor that spotlights your interests, design can say a lot of things. Go with design selections that speak to you!

Everything Home’s signature Satisfaction by Design process is interactive and customizable. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you to achieve truly YOU-nique design!

Flooring 101 and Room by Room

It can be intimidating making the best flooring choice from room to room while keeping a cohesive design. Let us guide you through understanding today’s flooring options and how to make the smartest selections.

Flooring 101:

Wood – A timeless flooring option, available in many stains and styles. From standard plank to mixed-plank, wood floors are ever-stylish and definitely durable. Solid hardwood flooring has a long-life span with perpetual opportunity to sand and refinish if a refresh is in order. Engineered wood floors have a 3-7mm thick veneer of hardwood that can be sanded and refinished up to approximately five times, underneath is a layer of plywood material. Solid hardwood and engineered wood floors are both available pre-finished with stain and polyurethane already applied or unfinished. Water and wood floors do not always get along, moisture may unfortunately cause warping or damage to wood finishes.

Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP) – Attractive both in appearance and function, Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP) floors are growing in popularity. With a moisture barrier on the back, LVP floors are suitable for rooms that may experience some moisture. LVP floors are installed as a floating floor with no glue, so they can be removed and replaced if necessary. Some LVP floors are constructed with cork backing for added comfort and cushion under your step. Wood-like graining, natural coloring, and organic beveled edge options give LVP floors convincing character resembling real wood. LVP floors often carry a lifetime warranty adding to their appeal.

Tile – Undoubtedly durable and water-resilient, tile flooring arguably offers the widest range of color and design. Mason-laid, tile is cemented and mortared into place; updates are somewhat difficult requiring specialized removal and replacement. Tile can be considered cold on feet, electrical heating elements are recommended for those who prefer a warmer place to walk.

Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) – 100% waterproof, Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) is suitable for the wettest conditions. LVT design options include wood, stone, slate, travertine, and more. Most LVT on the market is backed by either a 15-year, 30-year, or lifetime warranty.

Carpet – Plush under foot, soft in appearance, inexpensive to buy, and easy to install carpet is a long-time favorite. Carpet can have an unfortunately short lifespan of anywhere from 5 to 25 years depending on the quality and is not suitable for wet or messy conditions.

Flooring Room by Room:

Bath and Laundry Room – Splashes are bound to happen in the bath and laundry room so think flooring that holds up to liquid—tile, LVT, and LVP are all smart choices.

Kitchen and Mudroom – These rooms are the hub of the home receiving the most foot traffic, therefore they require the hardest working floor type. Tile and LVP are low maintenance and can handle moisture and ware in the kitchen and mudroom. They are also very easy to clean!

Bedroom – Bedroom flooring preferences are very personal. Wood flooring and LVP are popular selections, offering longevity and look. If you prefer something softer consider carpet or an area rug. Low-pile carpet is easier to clean, with less fuzz, and minimal visible traffic patterns compared to high-pile carpet.

Dining, Family, and Living Room – Wood and LVP floors feel warm and cozy in dining and relaxing zones. Both are highly-durable and long-lasting too. Accent these spaces with an area rug for a soft touch.

Basement – LVP and LVT are wise choices for basement installations because of their ability to withstand possible moisture. Both are floating floors too, easy to install and repair if necessary.

Everything Home can help you with all your interior design needs from the floor up. Contact us to learn more about our extensive design services. Happy Home, Happy Life.

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