By Andrea Enns, Design Coordinator, Stanton Homes
Custom Design Trends for Your New Custom Home, Part 1
Not quite thrilled about moving into your brand new home with your old furniture and accessories? Well, thankfully there are some simple and budget friendly things you can do to help your old “stuff” fit better into your new home.
First of all, think of moving as an opportunity to use designer strategies. This is the perfect opportunity to sift through your things in order to ORGANIZE, EDIT, RE-CYCLE, and RE-USE.
Do I sound like your mother? I know I sound like mine—but in this case designers all agree on this one and if you were to hire a designer, this is exactly what they would help you to do with your things anyway. So, save yourself the money and follow these easy steps yourself.
As you are packing your things try not to move anything that you haven’t used in a while or will never use; throw away broken items, out of date items, or donate things that you simply don’t like if they may be of use to someone else.
If you are moving items that you know you will be using again then think about where they will be displayed or stored. Even items that are going in the garage are better off in organized and labeled containers. You will be able to find them when you need them!
If your children have a bunch of toys that are always a mess but you have to bring them, then do try to first throw out the broken items and then look for containers that are child friendly and use them!
For a child’s playroom, try to settle on a color and size of container that is consistent—if the containers are going to be visible in the room then it is easy enough to choose cheerfully colored containers that you won’t mind looking at.
Narrow Down the Essentials
Once you are ready to move in, try to place only the essential items in each room at first. Consider the design element of asymmetry and try some furniture pieces on an angle. Then add accessories gradually which is where the editing comes in.
Not everything that went in your old family room has to be used again in the same room even if you did bring it with you.
Instead, you may consider some of the items, if you truly love them, for a different room in your house.
Don’t balance the bookshelves on either side of the fireplace. Try placing a large vase on one side with all of the books on the other side.
Look for opportunities to place items that will carry an accent color from one room to another to create a cohesive environment but also to make it appear larger!
To repeat an accent throughout the main living areas of your home and even into the bedrooms, helps create the illusion of more space as you are seeing the same color repeatedly rather than chopping up your home by using different colors everywhere.
If this sounds boring to you then consider varying shades of the same color.
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Andrea Enns is an on staff design expert at Stanton Homes, offering professional design selection services to custom home clients as part of Stanton Homes' exclusive custom home packages.
Andrea's extensive training includes the School of Architecture and Interior Design at the University of Manitoba and Red River College, a two year Design Internship in Vancouver, BC, under British Designer Jackie Yearsley, and years of experience with design and renovation. Andrea has worked with many of Raleigh’s top custom home builders, and contributed design work in many of the area’s finest Parade Homes.