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No Regret! How to Make Permanent Design Choices for Your Home

Posted by Daltile Team on Mar 2, 2016 10:30:00 AM

Once upon a time a little girl dreamed of yellow siding on her dream home. When the day came that her dream home was finally under construction, she still wanted that yellow siding but many voices convinced her that yellow was a color she probably wouldn’t love forever so she went with a sensible blue instead. At the last minute, the voices around her were silenced by her long-standing dream and she—at great cost—switched back to yellow siding. She didn’t regret it a single day ever after.

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Making more permanent design choices for your home can be nerve wracking—you have to live with it for many, many years after all. You’ve probably experienced both sides of the scenario and wondered what might have happened if you made different choices. Here are a few things to consider so you can make confident choices with no regret.

Too Bold, Too Bland

As with the yellow siding story, some choices come down to style and what you can and can’t live with. Purple wall-to-wall carpet may be your dream, but can you live with the endless comments from everyone who enters your house? Will you end up hating your sensible beige tile when you really wanted something bolder?

The choice between bold and neutral is easily resolved with a healthy dose of balance. If you worry that red paint on the wall might be a bit much but you really love it, put a more neutral color on the wall and add red in the accents. Or if your are certain you want an apple green backsplash but know that you might need to be reeled in a bit, limit yourself to the backsplash and a few accents then use neutral shade to ground the rest of your design. THE NEW AMERICAN HOME

Too Much Work, Not Enough Play

If durability is a concern at your house, make it the center of your choice-making process. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have the gorgeous wood floor you wanted. Get the best of both worlds with realistic look-alikes in materials that are champions of strength.

Likewise, if you know that you need cleanable surfaces that can stand up to muddy paw prints and drippy little rain boots, make selections that take advantage of technology that gives you great looking floors that stand up to frequent cleaning.

Too Much of a Stretch

Be realistic about what you can and can’t do. Manufacturers make recommendations about how to apply products and you should definitely pay attention to that. Taking matters into your own hands is the perfect recipe for disappointment. If the rug isn’t made for outdoor use, don’t try to put it on the patio. If the paint is for low-moisture environments don’t try to use it in the bathroom.

Most recommendations come from product testing. Manufacturers test things like slip resistance, performance in extreme temperatures, levels of traffic, weight thresholds, breakage thresholds, etc. They use this data to tell you how to use their products. Follow the directions and you won’t have regret.

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