Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Start with Your Closet

Guest Blogger - Dean Large, D.I.D. - Astro Design Centre

You’re sitting at your computer, looking at image after image and nothing is catching your eye. One minute you think you’ve nailed it down, but then something else seems better. Finally you just give up and put it off for another year…

Tackling a renovation to your home is a major commitment; you’re deciding to invest tens of thousands of dollars into your dream home. You want to make sure that the decisions you make are the right ones, that they will be both profitable and pleasurable. Instead of going in blind and diving in too deep, here are a few tips that will make the process that much less daunting.

Assess Your Style

                Start with your closet, look at the colours and textures you decide to cover yourself with each and every day. The way you choose to represent yourself to the world is a major hint as to what you are most comfortable with. If you notice that each day you are putting on a strict, tailored uniform of dark denim, a white shirt and a black blazer, it is safe to say that you’re not going to be at one with a room that is frivolous, colourful and whimsical.

Something similar to this contemporary bathroom could be appealing to the persona mentioned above.  It is functional, yet classic and sleek, which in most cases fits their style.

 Consider how you plan to use the space. A family of 5 in a kitchen full of fragile materials such as marble would be a terrible pairing. 

Do not forget to use online resources like Houzz and Pinterest. These are fantastic fountains of ideas, not to mention free. You can enter in the most out of the box concept and something will come up to assist you with your vision.  Once you’ve developed a concept of what you would like, it is time to meet with the professional.

Style Guide

                Working with a designer is a phenomenal way to ensure that you will get a well thought out space that is as functional as it is beautiful. Sometimes the dream of a big prep-island just isn’t feasible given the space, but a designer can help you determine that. It is best to seek out the experts in each field of home renovations. Any of the five designers at Astro Design Centre can help you with this, as they have years of experience working in the kitchen and bath industry. Your designer can help you realize what is feasible with your space, your budget, and your wish list.

                A renovation can be a frightening task, but it needn’t be. Simply step back and evaluate what is a priority. Consider your style, and how you live. Make sure to contact an experienced professional. And most importantly keep in mind that the end result will be worth it!

Here's a great video featuring Dean Large - Trends in Kitchen Design

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