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Design Lesson: 6 Things we can learn from The New American Remodel 2018
We recently toured The New American Remodel home at the 2018 International Builders Show, sponsored by the National Association of Home Builders’, in Orlando. As owners of a business involved in interior design and renovations for over 20 years, we thought there would be at least one design lesson we could observe. And we were right! Here are a few of our favourite design ideas:
Design Lesson: Why have just one, when two are better?
Large, open spaces can be challenging to decorate. What works in more compact rooms doesn’t translate as well to larger ones. We had ‘double-vision’ in several of the homes’ key spaces.
Design Lesson: When it comes to architectural features, don’t be afraid to repeat yourself.
Creating a cohesive home, while still making each room interesting, requires that we repeat certain themes, shapes, materials or colours. We saw several examples of this in The New American Remodel home.
Design Lesson: Flooring need not be boring
Many of the homes we visit tend to have one or two flooring materials, repeated throughout. In this show home, flooring was used to delineate each space and make it unique, while adhering to an overall colour scheme of natural woods and pale tiles. Surprisingly, it wasn’t distracting or jarring.
Design Lesson: Create ceilings with feeling
Not only did the floors of The New American Remodel receive lots of attention — so did the ceilings. Lots of classic techniques were incorporated to ensure that each space was architecturally unique. We found it was a great way to add interest to neutral rooms, without being distracting.
Design Lesson: Even functional pieces can make an impact
The hardest-working areas of our homes are often the most functional, like the kitchen or bathrooms. Designing these rooms for both function and beauty has its challenges, but since we see them more than any other rooms, the rewards make it worthwhile.
Design Lesson: Know what to change, and what to keep
Renovating a home requires hundreds of decisions and months of planning. Wish lists must be reconciled with realities of space and budget. It’s difficult to know which changes will transform your home, and which ones are less impactful. The New American Remodel home was not only renovated, but the original structure received new additions on either end. We felt that the team achieved a cohesive whole. Not a lot of the original structure were maintained, but those that were were wisely chosen.
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