insight track insight track

Designing for Living

20180103_111454

Designing for Living

When making a significant investment in transforming your perfect-home-in-the-perfect-location by making it your own, keep these design tips in mind.

Open up.  You can almost never go wrong by opening up your living space.  When you have an open floor plan that easily flows from one area to another you increase function but also bring friends and family together.  It is possible that we are so self-sufficient and isolated with everything at our fingertips by cell phone, we lose the beauty of togetherness.   By opening up your space, you may just open up the lines of communication and encourage some good ‘ole fashion quality time with the ones you love.

Color your world.  Color- whether bold or subtle- reflects the mood of a space.  Bold colors can be exciting and stimulating, especially when introduced in unpredictable ways.  Common ways of splashing a space with color are through bright throw pillows, plush rugs or bold window dressings. More courageous ways of ensuring your guests enter your world with Oohs-and-Ahhs may be painting an entire wall a vibrant shade of fuchsia.  Or, perhaps, dramatizing your room with a complete white or neutral palette with a single vivacious focal point.  Whether we’re talking about your house or, more aptly, your home- don’t ever settle for run of the mill. Add your own dash of color to everything and everyone you come into contact with.

Light it up.  Have you ever walked into a dark room and just felt downright depressed?  Light plays a significant role in our lives.  It’s important to take this into account when considering a design.  You can really add drama with a you-can’t-miss-me chandelier in a main entry.  You can also make the heart of your home- your kitchen- cozy, warm and inviting for your family to sit down and stay a while by adding under cabinet lighting for late night snacks and pendant lighting over bar or counter areas for task lighting.  Don’t be afraid to consider lighting not only as a basic need but as a design element.  The same is key in our lives- be known for lighting up any room you walk in to!

Out is the new In.  There are many ways to love and appreciate the outdoors without actually having to leave your home.  Incorporating live plants and other natural elements like wood accents bring a little bit of the outside in.  If you’re really adventurous, add a four-season sunroom or patio room that lets the sunshine in each day without having to worry about weather or pests.  You can also incorporate outdoor living spaces by adding an outdoor kitchen, a firepit, or, perhaps, a vintage swing on your front porch. As a child, coloring outside the lines was erroneous- as an adult, being on the inside may not always let you experience the freedom of branching out.

Don’t blend in.  A key component in any design is to give a room a focal point- whether it is beautifully farmed artwork, an ornate piece of furniture or a large picture window.  It’s okay to experiment and do something out of the ordinary.  Don’t let HGTV dictate your style- create your own!  Dr. Seuss may have said it best when he said ‘Why fit in when you were born to stand out’.

They bottom line is- make it your own.  If you’re unsure of where to start- find a local Class A Contractor with a Certified Interior Designer on staff that can walk you through the process from start to finish.  They can help you plan, as well as, produce your finished product so that you are completely in love with your home.

Start Your Free
Design Consultation

Showroom Hours
Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:30pm
Saturdays by Appointment

Our Affiliates


fsfourseasonsaff fsfourseasonsaff fsfourseasonsaff fsfourseasonsaff fsfourseasonsaff fsfourseasonsaff agcva fsfourseasonsaff fsfourseasonsaff fsfourseasonsaff fsfourseasonsaff fsfourseasonsaff fsfourseasonsaff fsfourseasonsaff fsfourseasonsaff nkba
Additional Information
  • Accessibility Solutions
  • Accessibility Solutions Starkey
  • Accessibility Solutions for the Home
  • Add a Bathroom
  • Add a Deck
  • Add a Room
  • Add a Room Christiansburg
  • Add a Basement Bathroom
  • Add a Bathroom in the Basement
  • Add a Bathroom to the Garage
  • Add an Enclosed Porch
  • Add a New Deck
  • Add a New Room
  • Add a New Room Roanoke
  • Add A Room Vinton
  • Adding a Deck
  • Adding a Patio
  • Adding a Sunroom
  • Adding a Basement Bathroom
  • Adding a Detached Garage
  • Adding a Detached Garage Roanoke
  • Adding an Enclosed Porch
  • Adding a Porch to a Split Level Home
  • Adding a Screened In Porch
  • Adding a Screened Porch to Your House
  • Adding a Sunroom to Your Home
  • Adding on a Sunroom – Complete Solutions
  • Additions
  • Additions Bedford
  • Additions Blue Ridge
  • Additions Lexington
  • Additions Moneta
  • Additions Salem
  • Additions Starkey
  • Additions to Houses
  • Back Porch
  • Backyard Decks
  • Backyard Decks Bedford
  • Basement Bathroom
  • Basement Contractors
  • Basement Contractors Blue Ridge
  • Basement Contractors Salem
  • Basement Finishing
  • Basement Remodeling
  • Basement Remodeling Bedford
  • Basement Remodeling Lexington
  • Basement Remodeling Rocky Mount
  • Basement Renovations
  • Basement Renovations Bedford
  • Basement Renovations Salem
  • Bath Fitters
  • Bathroom Addition
  • Bathroom Addition Christiansburg
  • Bathroom Addition Salem
  • Bathroom Contractors
  • Bathroom Contractors Bedford
  • Bathroom Contractors Blue Ridge
  • Bathroom Contractors Christiansburg
  • Bathroom Contractors Daleville
  • Bathroom Contractors Lexington
  • Bathroom Contractors Lynchburg
  • Bathroom Contractors Rocky Mount
  • Bathroom Contractors Radford
  • Bathroom Contractors Salem
  • Bathroom Contractors Smith Mountain Lake
  • Bathroom Makeovers
  • Bathroom Remodel
  • Bathroom Remodel Bedford
  • Bathroom Remodel Blue Ridge
  • Bathroom Remodel Christiansburg
  • Bathroom Remodel Cost
  • Bathroom Remodel Ideas
  • Bathroom Remodel Lexington
  • Bathroom Remodel Lynchburg
  • Bathroom Remodel Radford
  • Bathroom Remodel Roanoke
  • Bathroom Remodel Roanoke VA
  • Bathroom Remodel Rocky Mount
  • Bathroom Remodel Salem
  • Bathroom Remodel Salem VA
  • Bathroom Remodeling
  • Bathroom Remodeling Bedford
  • Bathroom Remodeling Christiansburg
  • Bathroom Remodeling Contractors
  • Bathroom Remodeling Contractors Roanoke
  • Bathroom Remodeling Contractors Salem
  • Bathroom Remodeling Radford
  • Bathroom Remodeling Roanoke
  • Bathroom Remodeling Rocky Mount
  • Bathroom Remodeling Salem
  • Bathroom Remodeling Starkey
  • Bathroom Remodels
  • Bathroom Remodels Bedford
  • Bathroom Remodels Blue Ridge
  • Bathroom Remodels Christiansburg
  • Bathroom Remodels Lexington
  • Bathroom Remodels Roanoke
  • Bathroom Remodels Rocky Mount
  • Bathroom Remodels Salem
  • Bathroom Renovation
  • Bathroom Renovation Bedford
  • Bathroom Renovation Christiansburg
  • Bathroom Renovation Rocky Mount
  • Bathroom Renovation Salem
  • Bathroom Renovation Contractor
  • Bathroom Renovation Contractor Christiansburg
  • Bathroom Renovation Contractor Rocky Mount
  • Bathroom Renovation Contractor Salem
  • Bathroom Renovation Contractors
  • Bathroom Renovations
  • Bathroom Renovations Bedford
  • Bathroom Renovations Lexington
  • Bathroom Renovations Lynchburg
  • Bathroom Renovations Roanoke
  • Bathroom Renovations Rocky Mount
  • Bathroom Renovations Salem
  • Bathrooms
  • Bathrooms Roanoke
  • Bathrooms Salem
  • Bathrooms Vinton
  • Best Home Contractor
  • Best Home Contractors
  • Best Home Remodeling
  • Best Home Renovations
  • Build a Bedroom Addition
  • Building a Deck
  • Building A Deck Bedford
  • Building a New Room
  • Building a Screened In Porch
  • Building an Addition
  • Building an Addition Bedford
  • Building Contractors
  • Building Contractors Bedford
  • Building Contractors Roanoke
  • Building Contractors Lexington
  • Complete Home Renovation
  • Complete Home Renovation Bedford
  • Complete Home Renovation Salem
  • Complete Remodel
  • Composite Deck Builder
  • Composite Decking
  • Concrete Patio
  • Conservatory
  • Contractor Vinton
  • Construction Companies
  • Construction Companies Bedford
  • Construction Companies Lexington
  • Construction Companies Roanoke
  • Construction Companies Rocky Mount
  • Construction Companies Salem
  • Construction Companies Smith Mountain Lake
  • Construction Contractor
  • Construction Contractor Bedford
  • Construction Contractor Daleville
  • Construction Contractor Roanoke
  • Construction Contractor Salem
  • Construction Services
  • Contractor
  • Contractor Bedford
  • Contractor Blue Ridge
  • Contractor Lexington
  • Contractor Roanoke
  • Contractor Salem
  • Contractor Services
  • Contractor Services Salem
  • Contractor Services Troutville
  • Cost to Remodel House
  • Covered Deck
  • Custom Home Builders
  • Custom Home Builders Salem
  • Custom Home Builders Smith Mountain Lake
  • Custom Home Builders Roanoke
  • Custom Remodeling
  • Custom Renovations
  • Custom Renovations Lexington
  • Deck Bedford
  • Deck Builder
  • Deck Builder Bedford
  • Deck Builder Lexington
  • Deck Builder Lynchburg
  • Deck Builder Roanoke
  • Deck Builder Salem
  • Deck Builder Vinton
  • Deck Builders
  • Deck Builders Bedford
  • Deck Builders Lynchburg
  • Deck Builders Rocky Mount
  • Deck Builders Salem
  • Deck Building Companies
  • Deck Building Companies Salem
  • Deck Construction
  • Deck Construction Lexington
  • Deck Construction Salem
  • Deck Contractor Bedford
  • Deck Contractor Lynchburg
  • Deck Contractor Roanoke
  • Deck Contractor Salem
  • Deck Contractor Vinton
  • Deck Contractors
  • Deck Contractors Radford
  • Deck Contractors Salem
  • Deck Designer
  • Deck Installation
  • Deck Installation Bedford
  • Deck Installation Salem
  • Deck Railing
  • Deck Railing Bedford
  • Deck Renovations
  • Decking
  • Decking Bedford
  • Decks
  • Decks Bedford
  • Decks Christiansburg
  • Decks Lynchburg
  • Decks Salem
  • Enclosed Patio
  • Enclosed Porch
  • Find a Contractor
  • Find a Contractor Roanoke
  • Garage Remodel
  • General Construction
  • General Contractor
  • General Contractor Bedford
  • General Contractor Roanoke
  • General Contractor Salem
  • General Contractor Troutville
  • General Contractors
  • Handicap Bathtub
  • Handicap Showers
  • Hardwood Decking
  • Hiring a Contractor
  • Home Additions
  • Home Additions Bedford
  • Home Builder
  • Home Builders
  • Home Builders Lexington
  • Home Builders Salem
  • Home Construction
  • Home Construction Salem
  • Home Construction Company
  • Home Construction Contractors
  • Home Construction Contractors Radford
  • Home Construction Contractors Roanoke
  • Home Construction Starkey
  • Home Contractors
  • Home Contractors Roanoke
  • Home Contractors near Me
  • Home Improvement Companies
  • Home Improvement Companies Roanoke
  • Home Improvement Contractors
  • Home Improvement Contractors Bedford
  • Home Improvement Contractors Lexington
  • Home Improvement Contractors Roanoke
  • Home Improvement Contractors Salem
  • Home Remodel
  • Home Remodel Bedford
  • Home Remodel Roanoke
  • Home Remodel Rocky Mount
  • Home Remodel Salem
  • Home Remodeling
  • Home Remodeling Bedford
  • Home Remodeling Moneta
  • Home Remodeling Roanoke
  • Home Remodeling Salem
  • Home Remodeling Contractors
  • Home Remodeling Contractors Bedford
  • Home Remodeling Contractors Rocky Mount
  • Home Remodeling Contractors Salem
  • Home Renovation
  • Home Renovation Bedford
  • Home Renovation Salem
  • Home Renovation Contractors
  • Home Renovation Contractors Bedford
  • Home Renovation Contractors Roanoke
  • Home Renovation Contractors Salem
  • Home Renovation Costs
  • Home Renovation Costs Vinton
  • Home Renovations
  • Home Renovations Bedford
  • Home Renovations Cave Spring
  • Home Renovations Salem
  • Home Renovations Troutville
  • House Additions
  • House Builder
  • House Builder Salem
  • House Contractors
  • House Contractors Vinton
  • House Remodeling
  • House Remodeling Bedford
  • House Remodeling Salem
  • House Renovation
  • Housing Contractors
  • How Much Is A Sunroom
  • Interior Decorating & Design
  • Kitchen Addition
  • Kitchen Contractor
  • Kitchen Contractor Bedford
  • Kitchen Contractor Lynchburg
  • Kitchen Contractor Lynchburgh
  • Kitchen Contractor Roanoke
  • Kitchen Contractor Vinton
  • Kitchen Contractor In
  • Kitchen Contractor In Cave Spring
  • Kitchen Contractor in Roanoke
  • Kitchen Contractors
  • Kitchen Contractors Blue Ridge
  • Kitchen Design
  • Kitchen Design Lynchburg
  • Kitchen Design Salem
  • Kitchen Designer
  • Kitchen Designer Bedford
  • Kitchen Designer Moneta
  • Kitchen Remodeling
  • Kitchen Remodeling Bedford
  • Kitchen Remodeling Boones Mill
  • Kitchen Remodeling Christiansburg
  • Kitchen Remodeling Lynchburg
  • Kitchen Remodeling Roanoke
  • Kitchen Remodeling Salem
  • Kitchen Remodeling Vinton
  • Kitchen Remodeling In
  • Kitchen Remodeling In Cave Spring
  • Kitchen Remodeling In Moneta
  • Kitchen Remodeling in Salem
  • Kitchen Renovation
  • Kitchen Renovation Bedford
  • Kitchen Renovation Contractor
  • Kitchen Renovations
  • Kitchen Renovations Salem
  • Kitchens
  • Kitchens Cave Spring
  • Kitchens Christiansburg
  • Kitchens Lynchburg
  • Kitchens Roanoke
  • Local Contractors
  • Local Contractors for Any Residential Job
  • Modern Renovations
  • Old House Renovation
  • Outdoor Decking
  • Patio Deck
  • Patio Deck Rocky Mount
  • Patio Decks
  • Patio Decks Troutville
  • Patio Installation
  • Patio Rooms
  • Patio Rooms Blue Ridge
  • Porch
  • Porch Builder
  • Porch Builder Blue Ridge
  • Porch Builder Christiansburg
  • Porch Builder Lynchburg
  • Porch Builder Roanoke
  • Redo Basement
  • Redo Bathroom
  • Remodel Bathroom
  • Remodel Bathroom Bedford
  • Remodel Bathroom Salem
  • Remodel Kitchen
  • Remodel Kitchen Salem
  • Remodel Kitchen Starkey
  • Remodel My House
  • Remodel My Kitchen
  • Remodelers Near Me
  • Remodeling
  • Remodeling in Roanoke VA
  • Remodeling Roanoke
  • Remodeling Troutville
  • Remodeling Companies
  • Remodeling Companies Roanoke
  • Remodeling Companies Troutville
  • Remodeling Contractor
  • Remodeling Contractor Cave Spring
  • Remodeling Contractor Roanoke
  • Remodeling Contractor Salem
  • Remodeling Contractor Starkey
  • Remodeling Contractors
  • Remodeling Contractors Cave Spring
  • Remodeling Contractors Lexington
  • Remodeling Contractors Salem
  • Remodeling House
  • Remodeling House Bedford
  • Remodeling House Salem
  • Renovate House
  • Renovating a Bathroom
  • Renovating a Bathroom Roanoke
  • Renovation
  • Renovation Daleville
  • Renovation Lexington
  • Renovation Radford
  • Renovation Salem
  • Renovation Companies
  • Renovation Companies Bedford
  • Renovation Contractor
  • Renovation Contractor Daleville
  • Renovation Contractor Salem
  • Renovation Contractor Troutville
  • Renovation Contractors
  • Renovation Contractors Cave Spring
  • Renovation Contractors Christiansburg
  • Renovation Contractors Roanoke
  • Renovation Contractors Salem
  • Renovation Experts
  • Renovations
  • Replace Deck
  • Residential Builders
  • Residential Builders Roanoke
  • Residential Builders Rocky Mount
  • Residential Building
  • Residential Building Moneta
  • Residential Building Roanoke
  • Residential Building Salem
  • Residential Building Smith Mountain Lake
  • Residential Building Starkey
  • Residential Construction
  • Residential Construction Boones Mill
  • Residential Construction Salem
  • Residential Contractor Bedford
  • Residential Contractor Rocky Mount
  • Residential Contractor Smith Mountain Lake
  • Residential Contractor
  • Residential Contractor Blue Ridge
  • Residential Contractor Lexington
  • Residential Contractor Roanoke
  • Residential Contractor Salem
  • Residential Home Builder
  • Residential Home Builders
  • Residential Home Builders Bedford
  • Residential Home Builders Blue Ridge
  • Residential Home Builders Daleville
  • Residential Home Builders Lexington
  • Residential Home Builders Salem
  • Room Additions
  • Screen Porch
  • Screened in Porch
  • Small Bathroom Remodel
  • Small Bathroom Remodel Lexington
  • Solarium
  • Solarium Bedford
  • Split Level Remodel
  • Subcontractor Corner
  • Sun Porch
  • Sun Room
  • Sunroom
  • Sunroom Bedford
  • Sunrooms Bedford
  • Sunroom Addition
  • Sunroom Addition Bedford
  • Sunroom Addition Christiansburg
  • Sunroom Addition Lynchburgh
  • Sunroom Additions
  • Sunroom Builders
  • Sunroom Companies
  • Sunroom Companies Bedford
  • Sunroom Contractor
  • Sunroom Cost
  • Sunroom Installation
  • Sunrooms
  • Sunrooms Christiansburg
  • Sunrooms in Roanoke VA
  • Sunrooms Lexington
  • Sunrooms Lynchburg
  • Sunrooms Salem
  • Porch and Patio Builders
  • Trex Decking
  • Trex Decking Blue Ridge
  • Walk In Bath Tubs
  • Walk In Bath Tubs Salem
  • Walk in Bathtub
  • Walk In Bathtubs
  • Walk In Tubs
  • Walk In Tubs Blue Ridge
  • Windows
  • Windows Christiansburg
  • Windows Roanoke
  • Wood Deck Builder
  • Kitchen Designer for Any Remodel