Chapter 4: Designing your home

Designing your home

How to make a new house your home with design and decor

Find your style

Get inspiration by looking at magazines, home decor books and starting style boards. Try online home design resources — like Houzz, Pinterest or our very own Design Inspiration center — to identify your style. As you go through the process, be sure to ask yourself:

  • What colors do I want to design my home around?
  • What styles and looks are my top priorities?
  • What decorating touches make me feel at home?
  • Is there an existing restaurant, home or store I can pull inspiration from?
  • What colors or styles don’t I like or want in my home?

Setting a few hours aside to review your personal style will leave you happier with your selections and leave less room for doubt. Also, make sure your personal style and your partner’s personal style, if applicable, are on the same page to eliminate having to make difficult design decisions on the fly.

Know your budget
Now that you know your style, it’s time to set a budget. Creating your ideal home can start to add up fast, especially when it comes to top-of-the-line appliances and premium materials. Being prepared with your budget will help you figure out your top priorities on where to splurge and where to save. Let your design representative also know your budget, so they can help you make the best decisions for your dollar.

Create a design wish list

Once you have your budget, you can then determine your wish list. Make notes of what you have to have in your new home, and what can wait. Or start to prioritize what’s most important to you, and work your way down the list as you go. Just remember: It’s your home, so style it the way you’ve always dreamed.

Trust your instinct

When it comes to actually picking appliances, upgrades and decor, it can be easy to get overwhelmed and sidetracked by beautiful, sleek choices. It’s important to trust your instinct and go with your original style wish list. Just because a style is trending, doesn’t mean it’s going to be your style. Stick with your long-term vision, instead of selecting short-term trends.

Walk on what you truly want

One of the smartest areas to splurge is on your flooring. And here’s why. One of the most common design regrets homeowners cite is choosing to stay with the standard carpet with the intention of replacing it a few years down the road. There’s no time like the present to invest in high-impact areas of the home, because once you’re settling in, the last thing you’ll want to do is disturb the nest once again.

Consider rolling it into the mortgage

There’s a common misconception that you’ll end up paying more for an upgrade if it’s rolled into the mortgage, leading some buyers to pay for an upgrade out of their own pocket. Talk to your design consultant, if you have one, or your lender to see what the best option will be for you.

Communicate with other occupants in advance

Communicating with your partner or other home occupants when it comes to design will make for a much easier experience during this phase of the build. It can even help you prepare questions in advance, together. It’s also a perfect phase to have fun and get imaginative.

To get a closer glimpse at how the design process works at Meritage Homes, visit How we design.

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