If you have hundreds of pins on your home renovation Pinterest board. Or a corner of the room is filled with swatches and samples. Or the wall is covered with squares of paint in several different colors. These are all signals that you are a careful home renovator.
If the approach to your renovation takes more time than the actual remodel, this post is for you. No matter how many pictures of room scenes you have, none of it does you any good unless you can find the actual products in those pictures.
Finding out what those mystery products are can be tricky so here are a few ideas to help you on your hunt.
Most traditional publications, like magazines, have product guides at the back that detail what you see in the pictures. So if the product isn’t listed in the caption, flip to the product guide at the back. Digital versions should have this resource, as well.
What's That Tile?
You see a fabulous remodel on TV or in a magazine and you love that tile--but there's just one problem.
Amazon has just about everything. Do a search here if you have a general idea of what you’re looking for and you’ll see an assortment of products. Hopefully one of them will be that perfect product for which you have been searching.
If you aren’t quite sure what you want, or are just getting started, try reading reviews. Do a web search for reviews of your product and you’ll be rewarded with all sorts of opinions and experiences.
Do a little digging to find web forums that discuss home renovations and home products. You can even ask specific questions about products and start a conversation with people who have experience.
Ask a Designer/Architect/Builder
The pros are the best people to turn to find info about products. They have used many different types of products and know what works, what doesn’t, and can direct you to a good fit for you. Or, better yet, simply hire a pro to help you through your project.
Virtual Window Shopping
Have a look around from the comfort of favorite overstuffed chair. Definitely visit trusted sites that endorse or promote products that are time tested.
Real Window Shopping
There’s nothing quite like seeing products in person. Some pictures just don’t do justice to the real thing. Plus, you’ll have the salespeople. They are full of information and experience.
There are innumerable home renovation and decorating blogs out there. Many of them focus on trying out different products in their own projects. You’ll get an in-depth review and be able to see the process along the way.
Some product websites have a section where experts in the field have selected their favorite products. Here's an example at Daltile.
Great Websites to Help You Find Products
This offshoot of hgtv.com shows products recommended by experts.
Houzz will help you design your home in three different ways. They have millions of pictures of room scenes and many of them list the products used. You can find pros near you for your project. And you can shop for products from dozens of categories.
Sherwin-Williams lets you try on different colors with their visualizer. You can upload a picture of the room you want to paint and see what it would look like in whatever shade you want.
- Daltile Tile Visualizer
This visualizer lets you upload your own photo then try out different combinations of countertop, backsplash, and grout until you find the right products.
- Room Planner
This interactive room layout planner from Raymour & Flanigan lets you place doors, windows, lamps, plants, and furniture until you’ve found the perfect layout.
- Consumer Reports
You know and trust them for their in-depth reviews of all sorts of items. They also do testing on home and garden items like materials, surfaces, and appliances—large and small.