Home remodels offer a chance to change the look and feel of your home. This can be great if you live in an older home with outdated fixtures and other hardware.
Unfortunately, a great deal of folks don’t take the time to match their remodel to their house and end up with a look that’s a little less than optimal. The remodel won’t necessarily look bad, but it may be unsatisfactory because it doesn’t quite match the architecture and style of the house itself.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that you have to redo everything in its original fashion when remodeling your home. That would all be rather dull, wouldn’t it? You simply need to make certain that you fully take your home into account when designing your remodel. This is easier than you may think, once you know what to plan for.
What Style Is Your Home?
Before you can plan out a remodel based on the style of your home, you will need to figure out exactly what that style is. There are a whole lot of possibilities out there, ranging from Victorian and Colonial designs to Craftsman homes, Ranch homes and other more modern styles. You may already know which architecture design your house was built in, either from existing architecture knowledge or discussions with your Realtor before purchasing the property.
If you aren’t certain, however, there are a lot of resources that can help you find out. You can research home styles on the internet, talk to fans of different architectural styles or even look at the original listing for your home if you have a copy. Regardless of how you find out, learning about your home’s architectural style is the first step to accenting it with your remodel.
Learning Your Style
As soon as you understand your home’s style, take the opportunity to learn a little about it. Learn the key points of the architecture, distinguishing features and everything else that makes it stand out from similar home designs. If there are fixtures, doors, windows or other home features that are generally associated with your home style, you should learn what those are as well.
This may seem like a good amount of work, but the details about your home style that you learn today will go a long way toward helping you design a remodel plan that really accentuates the best things about your home.
Adapting Your Style
Once you have a good idea of what works with your home’s architectural style, it’s time to start planning your remodel to work with that idea. You can start looking for fixtures that are similar to more traditional offerings but that better match your personal taste, or for example pick a traditional door but choose to paint it in a color that will go better with your new siding options.
Your goal should be to find a balance between more traditional offerings for your home style and your personal decorating preferences. That way, the choices you make will fit in beautifully with the overall design of your home and its existing accents.
Bear in mind that this doesn’t mean everything has to match perfectly, either. There is a good deal of room for you to express yourself through choices that might otherwise clash with your home style, using that disparity to draw attention either to your choice or to the design of the home itself.
There are many choices available to you, and because you understand what’s expected for homes such as yours you are free to decide on the traditional or to shake things up as you see fit.