We are going to go through some aspects of the selection process, and I’m going through it in terms of a Renovation Project.
I hope that the previous post was useful and that at least it triggered one or two new thoughts. I also, hope when you read any of my posts that you find them insightful and informational.
The Selection Process
In this post, I will try and break down the selection process in a way that it helps you when you reach that point in your project. However, if nothing else I am going to try to express how this process is seemingly stressful and scary, but it really doesn’t need to be.
Breaking it down into small bite size decisions or selections, one at a time makes it easier and almost intuitive.
Having said that, don’t underestimate the power of navigating the process with a professional Interior Designer/Renovation Specialist who will ensure the right timeless selections and guide you to avoid costly mistakes.
If you think you cannot afford to work with an Interior Designer, then know that you cannot afford the mistakes in design, in “Fad finishes”; trendy colors or missing the mark with flow, scale and balance.
Although this post is about making the selection process non-stressful and overwhelming, it is not meant to convince you that you can skip professional and technical expertise or years of field experience.
ASSUMING THIS IS A KITCHEN RENOVATION
Often times clients ask, what do I decide on first? The cabinets or the counters, or should I choose the flooring first?
My answer is always the same, it depends. For each homeowner, each project is different. It depends on a lot of different factors and here are a few.
If you read the previous post or have watched the videos posted my Facebook Group Renovation, Design & Home Styling then you probably have answered these questions already.
ARE YOU KEEPING THE SAME FOOTPRINT IN THE KITCHEN?
If the footprint is changing and you don’t have enough flooring material to make repairs, then you have to change the floors.
If you do, then consider that this will be your first material/finish selection. It will be pretty visible due to the quantity (square foot).
There are ways to work with existing flooring but be sure to always consult with an expert.
IS THE FLOOR BEING REPLACED?
If you don’t want to change the floor then your first selection is already made for you. All the other components of this kitchen have to flow with the existing floors.
Let’s say that you do have to change the floors but you have already fallen in love with the cabinet color or a fabric for the chairs.
Then use that inspiration (cabinet color, counter color) as your jumping off point.
Perhaps, your inspiration is a photo you found that triggered you and that is the “feeling” you want for your kitchen. Then that is your inspiration, once you add a few personal twists it will be uniquely yours.
Now that you have one selection then you and your designer can move onto the next, and move through the entire selection process.
Here are a few visual examples from our Design Studio in Laguna Beach, Southern California.
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