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Selecting Interior Finishes

You’re about to face hundreds of choices on interior finishes. You’ll be picking out every faucet, cabinet, countertop, tile, paint shade and doorknob for the whole house.

You can either do this on your own, or with the assistance of an interior designer. Even if you don’t employ the designer to complete the rooms with furnishings and accessories, many designers like to work at this finish level.

You can find ideas in our books and magazines, or even visit some model homes or a Parade of Homes event. One popular method for developing a cohesive look is to start an idea binder with brochures, paint swatches, magazine clippings and other items that you would like to include. Seeing all of these in one place can help you make cohesive decisions. This is how interior designers tend to make decisions, gathering the materials they are considering in one place, like on a mood board, to help guide decisions.

One consideration to make is that you don’t want to select finishes that are out of an appropriate price range for your neighborhood. You don’t want to pick things that are too cheap and would be things most future owners would like to replace, but you also don’t want to invest in finishes that so lavish you wouldn’t recoup their cost. Make the exception for luxuries you simply can’t live without, like that steam shower, but try to keep most finishes on par for your neighborhood.

Also, consider the style of your home. For example, selecting Mediterranean finishes for a beach cottage might be quite unusual. Or the opposite, cottage finishes in a Mediterranean-style home.

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