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THE ROANOKER HOMES 2017
designs a room, she puts her schemes together first, selecting furniture
and accessories, and then chooses her paint colors. She feels it's difficult to do it the other way around, not wanting clients to base an
entire room off paint that could eventually be updated.
THE BEAUTY OF INTERIOR DESIGN
Because every individual is different, no two rooms will ever look
alike. For Stephenson, it's all about creating a good foundation
so it's easier to come in years later and change only a couple
of things, as opposed to an entire revamp. Oftentimes, clients
don't know their budget offhand, so it's easier to come up with
a good plan first.
For example, if a client already has a nice, neutral sofa, Stephenson
will move it to the side to measure out the room and possibly add in
other furniture to scale. Once she confirms numbers, she will look for
fabrics and make up floor plans and templates. For her, it's all about
a goal, with an end product in mind. Then she's able to work with a
client's budget and tailor to their needs using her plan.
"This way, you know what you're going for, as opposed to trying something random and having no idea where to go from there,"
She strongly warns clients against getting caught up in trends and
fads, as it will eventually cost more if you're constantly redoing your
spaces. When you see too much of it and find it in every single store
you go into, it becomes overwhelming. The trend will continue to
trickle down until it eventually loses its luster, nudging clients into
yet another redesign.
"You don't want your room or home to look dated," she says. "You
want lasting qualities."
Bold and fabulous might be your style, but know that not everything in the room can be a star. It's a balancing act; otherwise your
eyes aren't sure where to look and can get overwhelmed. While there
are exceptions to the rule, you don't want it to look garish.
Stephenson believes interior designers can save you money in the
long run because they prevent mistakes, such as buying things you
may hate a year later or that don't properly fit in the room. While
lesser-used rooms can go on forever, things start wearing out the more
you use them. Family rooms, for example, probably needs refreshing
every decade, depending on how much use they get.
"Do one room at a time to prevent an entire overhaul at once and
killing your budget," Stephenson advises. "It's like any kind of maintenance; you have to keep up with it. Or when it's time, like the kids
growing up or moving out, you get an opportunity to turn that room
into something new." I
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