Time to Remodel Your Kitchen and Bath?

Kitchen remodel with painting by HD Painting and StainIs it time to remodel your kitchen and bath? Do your cabinets no longer have that beautiful shine? Are your shower and tub outdated? Do you need a total renovation or a budget remodel? Kitchen and bath remodels are a solid investment in the value of your home, and it’s important to invest time and money to maintain that value.

Over the past several years, we have had the opportunity to work with Thompson Price Kitchens/Baths/Home on various kitchen and bath remodeling projects. Their expert advice and extensive knowledge will help you in your remodeling decisions from start-to-finish. As Tom Price says, “We take out the overwhelm and that ‘frazzled feeling’ that can come with big projects.”

So, how do you decide when it’s time to remodel your kitchen and bath?

Deciding to Remodel

How do you know you’re ready to call Thompson Price? The National Kitchen and Bath Association offer a checklist to help you assess your living space for a potential remodel project. Ask yourself the following questions. They’ll help determine whether it’s time to remodel your kitchen and bath.

Do you have adequate space in the room? Take into consideration whether the amount of counter space, cabinet space and floor space available is satisfactory. Consider your present needs and what your anticipated needs might be.

How well does the traffic flow in the space? In the kitchen, this is a consideration for a household with multiple cooks or those who entertain a lot. In the bath, this could be an issue for a family with small children, who will need parental supervision for a while. This is also a consideration for someone who is aging and wants to remain home as long as possible.

How are your children impacted by the present layout of your kitchen or bath? Safety considerations are necessary in both rooms, as well as making things more accessible to them.

How old are your appliances? Outdated technology can cost you more money in the long run than updating those older appliances.

Is your kitchen user-friendly to all who might use it? Is it accessible to people with disabilities? It’s important to consider safety issues and adaptability issues for special needs and aging individuals.

As you go through this assessment, make notes of what you like and dislike about your existing space. Note the changes you are considering. Don’t forget to include any major or minor existing issues in the room to bring to your consultant’s attention.

Kitchen remodelDeciding What to Remodel

So you’ve decided it’s time to remodel your kitchen and bath. Maybe even both rooms need a refresh and update. Keep in mind that remodeling projects run the gamut: from a full makeover to a simple refresh of the room. Your design consultant will work closely with you to plan your remodel within your budget.

Are you considering a full kitchen remodel? When choosing new appliances, cabinets, and countertops, be sure to add counter and storage space! This is really where adequate space, smooth traffic flow, and smart technology come into play.

Do you need a refreshed and updated look to your kitchen? We are seeing a resurgence of people choosing to refinish their cabinets rather than replace them. Choosing to refinish your cabinetry means you can do anything from restoring the shine to your cabinet fronts to repainting them to match your new color scheme! Changing your cabinets’ hardware, replacing your sinks, or updating your backsplashes are all significant updates to your spaces that will transform your room.

Are you considering a full-scale bathroom remodel? This is an opportunity to add luxury to your home with a separate walk-in shower and heated floors.

Does your bathroom need just an update? You can refinish your cabinetry at a fraction of the cost of new, as well as freshen your walls with a new coat of paint. Bring that new, updated feeling to your bath with new shower doors, a featured service of Thompson Price.

Deciding It Is Time to RemodelBath remodel

Taking the next step to start the remodel of your kitchen and bath can be daunting. But at Thompson Price, their unique Design Center offers state-of-the-art technology providing an alternative to on-location showrooms and catalog or online shopping. As Tom Price says, “Our main goal with the Design Center is to make sure our clients enjoy the renovation experience.”

Now that you’ve decided it’s time to remodel your kitchen and bath, and how much of a change you’re making, schedule your meeting with a kitchen and bath design consultant. Their expertise will be invaluable as they’ll know exactly how to suit your needs, taste and style.

Choosing Paint Colors the HD Painting and Stain Way

What is it about choosing paint colors that makes HD Painting and Stain different? Whether it’s red, purple, gray or white, it’s all color! Mural painted nurseryAnd we love working with color! Recently, our color consultant, Nathan, talked about how he helps our clients make successful paint color choices that bring them satisfaction and joy!

Following these steps will help you understand what you like, why you like it and how to choose it.

Step 1: Assess the Work to Be Done

When choosing paint colors, it’s important to understand the scope of the work to be done. Ask yourself what exactly are you doing to the room? Are you painting walls? Ceilings? Trim? Doors? Will the flooring be changed in any way? Is this a quick refresh? Or a jazzy update?

Have a clear knowledge of the tasks before you. Recognize the changes you are making to the room to visualize your starting point.

Nathan advises, “Look at the room as a blank canvas. It’s waiting for you to fill in the details.”

Step 2: Assess the Expectations for the Room

How are you going to use this room? Is it going to continue to be your dining room? Or is it going to be a home office now? How are you planning to decorate? What colors and types of fabrics are you introducing into the space? Even if you’re not changing the room’s décor, consider the colors of the furniture and your room’s accessories.

Using the ideas generated by this discussion, Nathan says he’s already beginning to choose paint colors to accentuate the room’s Two color dining room with tray ceilingdécor and reflect its use.

Step 3: Assess the Energy

Nathan says, “Feel is a big deal. People recognize that a room has an atmosphere or feeling about it without realizing it comes from the color choice.”

What do you want the room to say? How do you want it to make you feel when you walk in? This is the room’s atmosphere, its energy.

Do you want to walk into your bedroom and feel peaceful or invigorated? Is your living room the place to play or relax? As the center of family life, the kitchen can be a lively place. Do you want to feel energized or create a sense of calm? Get to the heart of the mood you want your room to reflect. Knowing this helps you in choosing paint colors to successfully achieve that atmosphere.

Warm colors, such as red, orange, yellow, or pink, add energy and excitement to a room’s atmosphere. Cool colors, like green, blue or purple, bring a sense of soothing calm and relaxation. Neutrals (brown, gray, white, black, and metallics) create a sense of style and elegance in a space.

To assure success in choosing your paint colors, the undertones in the paint must be cohesive. Warm colors have red, orange, or yellow undertones. Cool colors have green, blue, or purple undertones. After you’ve chosen your color palette, review your paint colors for similar undertones. Often it’s mismatched undertones that undermine a successful color scheme.

Step 4: Assess the Lighting in the Room

Globe drop light reflecting on wallsMost people don’t realize the type of lighting in their rooms affects the appearance of the paint colors on their walls. Is the light in your room primarily from bulbs? Does sunlight have a significant impact on the lighting in your room?

Consider the types of light bulbs you are using. Soft white and warm white incandescent bulbs and LED bulbs give off a warm, yellowish light reinforcing a warm and cozy feeling in the room. Bright white and daylight bulbs have a bluish tone bringing a more energetic feel to the room. And, of course, the popular Edison bulbs with their amber color warm up whatever space they’re used in.

Nathan says lighting is so important to choosing paint colors that he has suggested different bulbs to clients to help get the effect they’re looking for.

Step 5: Find Your Paint Colors

Your living space reflects your personality. As such, Nathan spends time talking with clients to help them get an idea of what color direction they are going and to establish a base palette from which to work.

Ask yourself: “What colors do you like?” Are you high-energy? Then consider warm and/or bright colors. Is your home your refuge,Nathan with color swatches your place to just chill? You’ll want to choose cooler, softer hues.

As there are so many different shades and hues of color available, Nathan typically helps clients to begin choosing their paint colors with just one color. Once the color/mood/personality of the room is established, Nathan looks for 3 or 4 different shades or hues, usually from light to dark, within that color: “This way I’m helping the client to choose their colors without overwhelming them.”

It’s also important to consider whether contrast is appropriate in the room. Are there architectural features you want to emphasize? Will a contrasting color create an illusion, such as a bigger or smaller space, that you would like to incorporate? Use a color wheel to help determine pleasing complementary color schemes.

As Nathan so aptly puts it, our job at HD Painting and Stain is “…creating a canvas for the client to decorate the room to fit their vision.” In helping you with choosing paint colors, our goal is finding your perfect palette for your special treasures to create your perfect home.

Hiring a Professional Interior Designer

Why should you hire a professional interior designer?Painted fireplace white on advice of interior designer, Julie Reinecke

Hiring a professional interior designer is as important to a successful home improvement project or new construction job as the best painter, plumber, or electrician you choose. Actually, since your interior designer drives your project, you’re free from those kinds of choices! That’s what you hired her for!

Talking with Julie Reinecke of Julie Reinecke Designs, she told us, “I love to help transform my clients’ homes so it’s a reflection of their personal taste and style. It doesn’t have to be a huge renovation with tearing down walls, sometimes it’s as simple as updating the paint, rearranging furniture, and adding a few new accessories.”

So, the long-and-short of it? It’s FUN! And, in the end, hiring a professional interior designer will save you time, money, and stress.

How does hiring a professional interior designer save me Time?

A key advantage of hiring a designer is their relationships with the finest craftsmen and the most careful and reliable contractors available. This access to the best painters and other service contractors means you don’t have to worry about the quality of the work.

When a designer oversees your project, you don’t have to worry about the small details, such as schedules, purchasing, or progress.

Your designer provides you with a professional assessment of your project. They have the experience and knowledge of the industry to quickly respond to your ideas and be able to expand and realize those ideas. You’re not spending countless hours researching products, costs, the best painters and contractors, etc. without a clear direction. Nor will you have to devote your days to overseeing the execution of the project.

How does hiring a professional interior designer save me Money?Nature inspired dining room by Julie Reinecke Designs

You’re paying for invaluable professional advice. When hiring a professional interior designer, you are getting a trained eye and an experienced shopper, who will help you avoid costly mistakes.

An interior designer’s expertise can save you money and increase the value of your home. They have the resources and knowledge to find the best products at the best prices.

Hiring a professional interior designer allows you access to resources not available to the public, such as custom cabinetry, fabrics, wall coverings, furniture, light fixtures, and more. Again, their industry contacts are invaluable should the need arise for the best painter, plumber, or electrician.

How does hiring a professional interior designer save me Stress?

For all the above reasons, of course. But, really, this isn’t what you’re trained to do. But interior designers are. A professional interior designer is skilled at all phases of a project: assessment, budget, design, and execution.

They are prepared and excited to meet the challenges in a home improvement project that would be overwhelming to us. In hiring a professional interior designer, you get a passionate person who has been trained to “think outside the box” when assessing your project. Your interior designer sees the overall picture, as well as the details we don’t think about. They know just where to put those outlets and how to increase functionality while making your home beautiful!

Enjoy the Experience!Open living space by interior designer, Julie Reinecke Designs

When hiring a professional interior designer, enjoy the experience of getting to know them.

Julie Reinecke, of Julie Reinecke Designs, says, “I love to come up with creative and unique ways to transform my clients’ homes or businesses. It’s not always spending a fortune, sometimes it’s just being creative with what they have and thinking outside the box. I personally love to mix high end pieces with flea market finds, brand new items with an antique. Man-made versus natural. It’s all about the mix.”

Your ideas and input about style, aesthetics, palette and goals will be fun to share with them. And it will be even more exciting to see the transformation they accomplish in your home.

They can’t wait to take your exciting ideas and make them a reality!