Tips from the Pros
What specific strategies do you use to elevate a home’s interior?
“Don’t be afraid to try a different, bold color. Try to accent a wall with a dark color. I think a lot of people think that when repainting a room, you have to do the whole room the same color, but you can do the one wall that has windows on it in a darker color. You can do the same technique with wallpaper, and wallpaper’s coming back with a force. Be willing to try, and if it doesn’t work, it’s just paint. Try again.” — Travis Miller, Travis Miller Homes
“Going big has its advantages. When a shower area is really tall and has lots of space, it creates an aesthetic, but adding oversized tiles, a long niche over the tub, a large window—big design elements, all together, have a huge aesthetic impact on a space.” — Mike Millikan, Millikan Building Co.
“Use inspiration images, but then try to understand why they were chosen. Is it the color, the furniture, the feeling? The best part of the design process is being able to see all the cool elements, the funky furniture, the artwork, all come together. But that starts from a concept, and fully understanding the feeling you want in a space is really what takes a home to the next level.” — Kayla Ziehr, interior designer, Erica Lea Design Studios
“Add lighting to built-ins. Lighting your shelving is worth the dollars if you want to showcase items. It’s an easy add-on, but it makes a big difference.” — Travis Miller, Travis Miller Homes
“Getting spaces just right is important when designing floor plans, but be mindful of the views. Fitting a home on the lot just right to capture the sunrise or placing a window so it has the best possible light takes time, but you’ll never regret getting it absolutely perfect.” — Casey Ennis, home designer, Dale Peer Home Design
What small details have a big impact within a home’s design?
“So many clients take their spaces so seriously that they forget to laugh. I love it when you walk into a space and see something unexpected and chuckle. Your home is where you spend most of your time; having a little touch of the unexpected can make it feel magical. Adding just one unique chair or piece of art can really elevate the look and reflect the homeowner’s personality.” — Erica Lea Hendrix, Erica Lea Design Studios
“Crown moulding is something that can and should be done differently. It doesn’t have to be curved, it can be flat or stacked on top of each other. Having a specific element to the perimeter of a space has a really cool look, and it complements a space and adds depth.” — Noah Fry, project lead at J.L. Thompson Design Group
“Kids’ rooms can often be overlooked in the design of a home, so we like to bring children into the design process. Let them share inspiration photos or even drawings of what they want their room to look like. Then we can pull together some inspiration from their ideas before making those final selections. We also make sure that each child has a unique detail in their room. It could be wallpaper or a walk-in closet, but when you decide together, the space will feel like their own while also being a cohesive part of the rest of the home.” — Chelsee Sowder, Chelsee Sowder Interior Design
What trends can we expect to see in homes in 2024?
“Luxury vinyl plank flooring is going to be even bigger, especially in warm tones. It provides a realistic wood look but is water resistant, low maintenance and extremely durable. It has a luxury look at an affordable price.” — Kelsey Sneed, marketing manager at Cronkhite Homes
“Aging in place is something we’ve all been hearing about. Having a home designed with one level or a caretaker suite in mind, or zero entry showers, the laundry room accessible from either the primary closet or the other suite—these are all design decisions that help a homeowner enjoy their home longer.”— Jennifer Barnett, interior designer and owner, Just Like That Interiors & Home Staging
“Wet rooms are a trend, when you can afford it. Having a whole room where you can access any area, the tub or the shower, not having to worry about dripping across your floor, is really the height of luxury.” — Mike Millikan, Millikan Building Co.
“Wallpaper and wood accents are very popular now, and you can find them at any price point. Even choosing to paint a ceiling with color—all of these selections and details make a home unique and call attention to the homeowners’ personal lifestyle and preferences.” — Jeremy Eck, Eck Group Building & Development LLC.