It's All in the Detail: Selecting Interior Finishes

There can be hundreds, if not thousands, of choices to make when selecting interior finishes prior to tackling a renovation or building a new home. Many clients come to LIV feeling overwhelmed and even terrified of how to coordinate all of these decisions.

There is more to making an interior look and feel great than just picking colors. The material, shade, value, tone, pattern, and style of each finish must work together to create a balanced and coordinated interior.

Tonya Olsen recently assisted a LIV client in selecting the finishes for this custom built home. Here's an example of just one of the many detailed decisions that were made:

Multiple choices were made in this custom designed vanity including the obvious ones such as paint color, countertop, hardware, sink and faucet. The finer details include the height, width and depth of each drawer and door within the cabinet; the species of wood; the amount of open space and thickness of the wood for the open shelving; the door style and profile; and the decorative post detail.

Multiple choices were made in this custom designed vanity including the obvious ones such as paint color, countertop, hardware, sink and faucet. The finer details include the height, width and depth of each drawer and door within the cabinet; the species of wood; the amount of open space and thickness of the wood for the open shelving; the door style and profile; and the decorative post detail.

Flooring is another big decision. Not only must the proper material (wood, tile, carpet) be selected for each room, but color, style and pattern must all flow for a cohesive look. Here are some examples:

A 13" x 13" black and white tile, lined with a medium gray grout, installed in a checkerboard pattern was selected for the mudroom. 

A 13" x 13" black and white tile, lined with a medium gray grout, installed in a checkerboard pattern was selected for the mudroom. 

This master bathroom shows a 12" x 24" neutral tile, with light gray grout, installed in a herringbone pattern.

This master bathroom shows a 12" x 24" neutral tile, with light gray grout, installed in a herringbone pattern.

White oak, in 4", 5" and 6" plank sizes, is sealed with a natural finish.

White oak, in 4", 5" and 6" plank sizes, is sealed with a natural finish.

Unique tile in various colors and styles is installed throughout the home, yet each room must work together for a cohesive look.

Unique tile in various colors and styles is installed throughout the home, yet each room must work together for a cohesive look.

Subconsciously, we often don't realize what makes a home well-designed. It's usually the small, often simple details, when properly incorporated, that affect the overall feel of a home. 

Upper left: A simple trim piece lines the top and bottom of the mission style casing for a more sophisticated look. Transom windows add light above each door frame. Upper right: A two tone, iron railing is anchored by a shaker style newel posts. Tread caps and risers also line the stairs. Bottom left: This custom built hutch, designed for the kitchen, features glass door fronts, crystal hardware, and decorative detailing. Bottom right: Brushed nickel levers were selected for the interior door hardware. Notice the detailed profile of the door panel.

Upper left: A simple trim piece lines the top and bottom of the mission style casing for a more sophisticated look. Transom windows add light above each door frame. Upper right: A two tone, iron railing is anchored by a shaker style newel posts. Tread caps and risers also line the stairs. Bottom left: This custom built hutch, designed for the kitchen, features glass door fronts, crystal hardware, and decorative detailing. Bottom right: Brushed nickel levers were selected for the interior door hardware. Notice the detailed profile of the door panel.

Faux beams highlight the vaulted ceiling. The beams and mantel were stained a charcoal color to pull out the dark knots and grain of the oak flooring. Notice the simple yet distinguished profile of the beams and the mantel.

Faux beams highlight the vaulted ceiling. The beams and mantel were stained a charcoal color to pull out the dark knots and grain of the oak flooring. Notice the simple yet distinguished profile of the beams and the mantel.

If you've got a renovation or new home in your near future, call LIV Showroom to arrange a consultation with one of our designers. We'd love to assist with taking your home from good to great!

As always, stay tuned...

Tonya