Each week, we’re bringing you top tips, favorite products, and Q&A’s with the designers in our Coastal Living and Southern Living Designer Network.
Tip 1: I love a remodel project. There is just something about the transformation from the old to the new. When you start a remodel, think outside the box. I remember a remodel that I designed a few years back and we moved the uses of the rooms. We changed the dining room to a sitting room and a dining room to what was an oversized entry/foyer. It changed the house.
Tip 2: Paint is your friend during a remodel. Paint everything including the ceilings. If you have popcorn ceilings, have those removed before painting. Nothing dates a house like a popcorn ceiling.
Tip 3: Change the lighting. New lighting is very important in a remodel. Replacing an old ceiling fan with a chandelier in a bedroom is an easy change that will really give a room new life.
Tip 4: In a kitchen remodel, one of my favorite ways to update and open up a kitchen is to remove upper cabinets and replace with open shelves. A kitchen with a room full of upper cabinets always feels overwhelming to me. I like to mix it up with some open space and some open shelves.