Break out your inspiration notebooks and Pinterest boards! Now's the time to put style to paper. It can be reflected in paint colors, flooring, trim details and hardware. Don't be afraid to take risks with inexpensive elements like paint.
But do exercise caution when choosing permanent updates like hardwood flooring, tile and cabinetry. Stick to non-trendy styles and colors and you'll be happier in the long run.
Some contractors are more innovative than others. When you're searching for new ideas and a partner to explore your creativity, look for a contractor that listens carefully, is willing to educate you on multiple ways of accomplishing your goals, and is open to working with new materials and products.
When you review contractors' portfolios, have them describe the unique features they incorporated. At the end of a discussion ask them to sum up your style and project goals and listen to make sure you were heard.
If you feel like your contractor isn't getting your vibe, contact an architect or an interior designer to help. They often recommend contractors who have done good work for them in the past.
To Do: Don't depend on a contractor for design advice. Seek help from other pros, including interior designers and architects.