The Foundation of Your Renovation: Defining Your Style

When meeting with a Normandy Designer about your renovation, they will want to get a feel for your personal style. Why? It is important for the details in the design to reflect your tastes. But for many, it can be hard to articulate an actual style.  That being said, Normandy Designer Lisa McManus has some pro tips to help determine what will work best for you and your home.

“While you may not know the right design terms, you know what you like,” said Lisa. “So, before meeting with a designer, it is a great idea to save photographs of spaces and details.”

NORMANDY081“When it comes to research, a few good places to look include magazines, Houzz.com and even the Normandy Remodeling photo gallery,” added Lisa. “Saving these photos will help point your designer in the right direction and allow for them to show you relevant samples during selections.”

In addition to knowing and showing your preferences, the style terms and summaries below can be helpful in your quest to define your style:

Hawthorne Blog 2Modern – Modern spaces are known for their clean lines and minimalist look and feel.

“With a modern design, you will see a lot of panel work, slab front drawers and a more modular and uniform look,” said Lisa.

Traditional – A traditional style is very ornate – think raised door panels, crown molding and a very distinct profile.

LONGWOOD09“While traditional is very detailed, it is a far cry from what is was 10 years ago,” noted Lisa. “Typically, we do not include as many ornamentals like fluting and corbels. In fact, todays traditional can be considered very transitional.”

Transitional – When it comes to this style, think modern meets traditional.

“A transitional design blends modern and traditional details DREXEL01together,” said Lisa. “The space is not too ornate, yet not too contemporary. It’s just right.”

“Merging these two styles has become extremely popular and can work really well in a suburban home,” added Lisa. “Over-the-top traditional is not as fashionable as it once was, so this can be a solution to modernize a home yet still keep in line with the rest of its details.”

One last thing to consider is current style of your home. Does your space already have a clear design that is modern, traditional or transitional? If so, you will need to ensure your newly defined style meshes well with what is already exists.

Do you know your style and want to get started? Set up a time to meet with Lisa.  For more design ideas and updates, follow Normandy Remodeling on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. You can also attend an upcoming seminar to learn more about the kitchen, bathroom or home addition process.

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Getting a Good Grip on Cabinet Pulls

In addition to picking out a cabinetry style for your kitchen remodel, you’ll also need to decide on hardware. In addition to assisting in the P9010464process of opening and closing your drawers, cabinet pulls can also add to your overall design. While there are a variety of pull styles, Normandy Designer Karen Chanan has two popular pulls as well as some general tips for finding hardware that is right for you.

Two popular cabinet pulls include:

Cup Pulls – These pulls are very classic and often found in vintage kitchens. Additionally, they can be incorporated into traditional or transitional homes too.

P9010448Bar Pulls – Bar pulls are extremely popular in modern kitchens.

“Currently, bigger bar pulls are more on trend in a larger, contemporary kitchens,” said Karen. “However, your overall decision for pulls depends on your style.”

It’s important to note that you don’t always have to stick to pulls. You can also mix and match different pulls and knobs.

“You can select all pulls, knobs or a mixture of both. It’s all a matter of personal preference,” said Karen. “However, when you are picking out hardware, it is important to actually go look at it and see how it feels in your hand.”

“Hardware might look right, but it is not always comfortable,” added Karen. “Some pulls may be too shallow and certain knobs can feel too small. Therefore, you’ll want to test it out.”

Get started working on your kitchen remodel design and decisions by setting up an appointment with Karen. Or, register to attend an upcoming seminar to learn more about the remodeling process. You can also view the Normandy photo gallery or follow Normandy Remodeling on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more design ideas.


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