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decorating a custom home
December 15, 2014

Telling Your Visual Story – Decorating a Custom Home

Making the choice to build a custom home allows you to influence every aspect of your home from the outside to the inside. The decor of your custom home is the most visible way to express your design style and is the element that can provide the greatest “wow” factor.

Consider the following five basics when decorating the interior of your custom home which will help you create an interior environment that best reflects your personal style and preference, while keeping in mind function and beauty.

Timing

It may seem that interior decorating would be the last thing on the list of things to do when building your home.  However, having a design plan in mind prior to construction can help avoid changes as the home progresses.  For example, thinking through furnishing and lighting needs prior to electrical work will make sure you have the proper placement for floor outlets, etc.  Keeping decorating needs in mind early in the custom home building process can streamline the overall plan.

Function

“Practical” isn’t the first word you want to come to mind when decorating your custom home, however it is something that should be considered. If your home is located on a lake with gorgeous sandy beaches, it’s safe to say that some of that sand (and lake) will end up in the house.  You may love the look of a beautiful wood floor, so keeping function in mind, consider ideas like replacing soft wood floors at entry points off of the lake with stone or a high-end tile, fitting design choices with function.

Identify Your Style

At a very foundational level, there are two basic styles of decorating – formal and informal.  Within those two categories lie endless possibilities – traditional, contemporary, eclectic, classic, rustic, and so on.  If you are not sure what your style is, begin by determining what you like and why you like that particular thing.  You may like a particular couch but have never thought about why you like it.  Is it the color, the size, do you like it because it’s comfortable and large or because it has a high back?  The answer to these questions will help you begin to define your style and be better prepared to look for furnishings that fit together in a unified way.

Reach Out to a Professional Decorator

Whether you have some idea of how you’d like to decorate your home, or you have no idea where to begin, hiring an interior decorator may provide the help you need to make the most out of your investment. A designer can assess your decorating style and desires, and then take your ideas and transfer them into a solid plan of action. You may decide to use furnishings you already have, purchase all new, or merge what you currently have with new things. In any scenario, a designer can help you tie pieces together to create the finished look you want in your new custom home. They typically have connections, resources and merchandise available to them that are not available to the general public. By using their resources, your designer can help you make your custom home present a cohesive look, unique to your personal style.

Your Custom Home Builder

Helping you tie everything together is your homebuilder. Your individualized style, together with Choice Custom Homes’ experience in building custom homes will provide you lasting enjoyment for years to come.

Nicole

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