I’ve lived through a full home remodel… twice. And as anyone who’s gone through the process can tell you, it’s not for the faint of heart! Remodeling even one room in your house means chaos and dust and drop cloths and workers and choosing colors and textures and accessories and it’s enough to drive you crazy. So these are my tips for keeping sane during the chaos of your remodel.
1. Take it one room at a time
Sometimes you have to do whole sections of your home at one time, but if it’s at all possible, consider focusing on one room or one area at a time. During our first remodel we did ALL the things at one time. Later I regretted some of my choices in fixtures or paint colors and I think if I’d only been focusing on one thing (instead of trying to make choices for the whole house) I would have made smarter decisions.
2. Start saving ideas in advance
3. Plan for the life you’re going to have
We made decisions during our remodel — when we had babies — that I wouldn’t have made for us now, when we have school age children. So don’t just think about what you want now, consider what you’re going to need further down the road If you have or plan on having a family or pets, think about Formica® laminate as a solution to your durability concerns! With their Eliteform technology on all their laminate products, durability and scratch resistance for laminate has never been better.
4. Go for classic
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Everyone has a style and you should absolutely embrace your own. That being said, be careful about trends. In a couple of years you might hate that crazy tile or wallpaper you chose for the dining room. When in doubt, make choices that will set the stage for your accessories and décor, which can be easily swapped out with the seasons.
5. Add bold accents and accessories to make the design yours
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I tend to gravitate toward classic design and muted colors for my permanent pieces (i.e. shelves, cabinets). That being said, I like to make a bold choice in some of the smaller accessories (like an oversized chandelier, a cool color on the ceiling, or a fun pattern like this chic lime green Formica laminate end-table). Bold accessories can set your nest apart from the other birds.
6. Pick a few must-haves
7. Focus on kitchen and bathrooms
8. This will be tough
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