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It’s All About the Gram: Designing for Appearances Rather Than Needs

As Miamians, we live in a city that oozes charisma and  offers the utmost in luxurious paradise living, so it only makes sense to get your house in on the action and create a space truly worthy of the ‘Gram, right? 

Nope. Big no.  

We get that you want to flaunt a big state-of-the-art kitchen and a fancy new pool that would even make all the Californians jealous, but what about your needs?

Before undertaking a large-scale redesign, it might be a good idea to take a step back and think about what you actually need rather than what “Influencer B” is telling you to do.  (Listen, we get it – her kitchen is baller and his outdoor space is insane – but hear us out). 

Designing Your Home For You

First things first, the negative effects of social media have been proven to take a toll on our mindsets (for further reading on this, see exhibit “Meta”). And for all its benefits, Instagram is definitely guilty of giving us a dose of FOMO – especially when it comes to interior design trends. 

One of the biggest mistakes we see is that clients are too quick to pull the trigger on design trends spotted on social media – without giving enough thought to whether they really liked it for themselves, how they’ll use the space, or if they’ll use it at all. 

Renovations are costly undertakings – so before you jump, be sure that you’ve decided on a plan that works for you, your home, and your family. 

Here are some tips to consider before you start:

Consider Your Home

Each home has its own personality. Take some time to consider yours and what it is that drew you to the space initially. Yes, you may have a lot of fun ideas pulled from different things you’ve seen plastered on social, but do any of them fit properly within your home? They certainly can and that’s great – but it’s key to make sure we’re not trying to fit a square peg in a round hole.

Think about how your family will uses your home and be sure to design around how you utilize each room, what type of space you’re need of, and what you can do without. For instance, if you’re the kind of family that tends to gather around the kitchen, an open floor plan with easy flow between the living room, kitchen, and dining area will suit you well. But, if you’re not and being able to carve some personal space is the key to your sanity, then yeah, maybe it’s time to “unsave” all those open floor plan styles. 

Acknowledge Trends For What They Are

So, while that vertically laid tile in plush pink is looking cool as hell to you today – will it in five years? Would that chunky dark-wood cabinet atop your vanity that reaches the ceiling really be want you want in six months? Yes, it hides appliances, but also it is blocking light and brings your whole spa-vibe down. And are you sure you want every – single – room to be a different paint color? 

Just because someone is doing it on Instagram and it looks fabulous in their space, doesn’t mean it’s right for you. 

So, if you’re ready – let’s talk design and let’s make it work for you. Contact us today.