Designing from the Ground Up: Maximizing Your New Build’s Potential

April 4

Designing Your Forever Home and Making the Most of Your New Build

Have you ever stood in an empty room, walls freshly painted and floors bare, feeling the surge of creative energy pulsing through you? Maybe not, but that is exactly how I feel when imagining all of the possibilities of my new construction projects! The exhilarating sensation of starting with a blank canvas in a new build. It’s a feeling akin to opening a brand-new sketchbook or beginning a fresh chapter in a novel – the possibilities are endless, and the only limit is your imagination.

All too often I meet others, who don’t fully grasp how important interior design is for new construction. So today, I thought I would share my top 7 tips for planning your new build along with the reasons you may want to hire an interior designer early on. Whether you’re embarking on your first home build or tackling a renovation project, these tips will help you infuse character and uniqueness into every room.

1. Finding Inspiration

Everybody loves this phase of a new construction project, because it is where you begin gaining clarity on your dreams. There are a lot of sources for inspiration on the web you can tap into, from design blogs to instagram feeds and Pinterest, you could spend days… even weeks drowning in inspiration! 

With an interior designer by your side, you won’t be so easily sidetracked. An interior designer is going to take the time to get to know you and the other members of your home, and will want to know a lot about your day to day life. 

With this knowledge they will be able to tailor their design recommendations to suit your unique needs and tastes. They can introduce you to new trends and styles you may not have considered and will more than likely have ideas that really enhance your quality of life that you never even dreamed about. They provide guidance, expertise, and creative inspiration that not only brings your vision to life, but also can save you a lot of time, money and mistakes! 

So while you are browsing through magazines, scrolling through Pinterest boards, and creating a mood board of your own, I highly recommend enlisting the expertise of an interior designer to help you start your design journey on the right foot.

(If you are convinced already you need someone, feel free to schedule a complimentary discovery call HERE!)  

2. Consider Functionality

While aesthetics undoubtedly play a significant role in interior design, functionality is equally important – if not more so. After all, a beautifully designed space loses its appeal if it doesn’t support the people living in it. 

It is important to think about how you will use each space in your home on a day-to-day basis. By conducting a thorough assessment, taking into account your lifestyle, habits, and priorities, you will be able to gain valuable insights into the functionality you need. 

When working with an interior designer, they can streamline this process by offering personalized recommendations. The recommendations will help to optimize the functionality of your space and align with your lifestyle and preferences. 

I can assure you that our expertise in space planning, layout optimization, and ergonomic design will be a tremendous help in creating a home that not only looks beautiful but also functions seamlessly to support your needs.

(Want to learn more about my love of space planning? Check out my blog: Navigating the Art of Floor Planning

3. Embrace Architectural Features: 

New builds offer a plethora of architectural features that can serve as the foundation for breathtaking interior design. From soaring ceilings to expansive windows and open floor plans, these elements provide an opportunity to create spaces that are not only visually stunning but also highly functional. 

With their vast knowledge of spatial planning, lighting design and material selection, an interior designer can help take the overwhelm out of these decisions, and help you make the most of these architectural elements. 

Imagine you are dreaming of large windows that offer abundant natural light and breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. Now imagine the coldest blizzard you have ever experienced and how awful it will feel sitting next to those windows! The dreariness of the outdoors alone will dampen anyone’s spirits. 

As an interior designer I would help you have the best experience possible with those big gorgeous windows, but I wouldn’t stop there. We would address how best to frame these windows with luxurious drapes or blinds that not only enhance privacy and control light levels but also add a touch of elegance to the space. And these window treatments wouldn’t be just function, they would complement the overall design scheme and provide a cohesive look throughout your home. 

This is just one of those areas in interior design that feels “simple enough” but can become very overwhelming quickly. 

4. Mix and Match Textures

The combination of textures has the ability to transform a space from flat and uninspiring to rich and inviting. Texture adds depth, visual interest, and tactile appeal to a room, creating a multi-dimensional environment that engages the senses. The trick is understanding what to mix and match and what works well together to achieve the desired look and feel for your space. 

We all know that rustic wood finishes bring a sense of natural beauty and warmth to a room, but selecting the wood species and finishes that complement your design aesthetic can get tricky. And if what you select doesn’t achieve the look and feel you are looking for, then it can be costly to replace and start again. 

As an interior designer, my knowledge of materials, finishes, and design principles, can help you curate a diverse palette of textures that complement each other and enhance the overall design scheme. I can help you find the species and finish that fits your space perfectly as well as offer clear advice on how best to incorporate wood elements strategically throughout your space to create visual interest and balance.

5. Incorporate Personal Touches

Your home is more than just a place to live – it’s a reflection of who you are, your experiences, and the things you hold dear. From cherished artwork and family heirlooms to travel souvenirs and handmade treasures, these unique elements tell the story of your life and make your home truly one-of-a-kind.

Anyone who has tried to display grandma’s china in a beautiful, cohesive and meaningful way, can attest that things don’t always turn out the way you planned. An interior designer can help you integrate those heirlooms into your design in a way that feels authentic and harmonious, whether it’s through careful placement, restoration, or reimagining their purpose in a modern context.

And what about all of those souvenirs you have been collecting from your travels? Are they still hidden away in a box, or collecting dust in a dark corner? I could help you bring these treasures into your decor in a way that feels cohesive with the overall design scheme, whether it’s through curated vignettes, thematic accents, or strategic placement throughout your space.

6. Don’t Forget About Lighting

Lighting is a critical aspect of interior design, often underestimated but profoundly influential in shaping the mood, functionality, and overall ambiance of a space. It’s not uncommon to see projects well underway before lighting is even considered, and without proper lighting planning and implementation, even the most meticulously curated spaces can fall short of their potential.

I always recommend incorporating a mix of overhead lighting, task lighting, and ambient lighting to create layers of illumination that can be adjusted to suit different moods and occasions along with dimmer switches for added flexibility. And with so many lighting options, having a light plan in place long before you break ground is the key to ensuring everything is implemented correctly. 

As an interior designer, I have expertise in this area, and can help you create a lighting plan that not only illuminates your space but also enhances its functionality and aesthetics. And it all starts with a free discovery call! 

7. Stay True to Your Vision

With so many design options available, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Our world is saturated with design inspiration from magazines, social media, and home improvement shows, it’s easy to feel inundated with options and opinions. 

The most important thing to remember is to stay true to your vision and design dreams! Trust your instincts, and don’t let yourself be swayed by passing trends or others’ opinions. 

It is your home, and it should be a reflection of you and your unique style.

If you are struggling with keeping your visions of your dream home in focus, I am here to offer the support and guidance you need. CLICK HERE to schedule your discovery call and let’s chat.


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