Interior Design Tips

Looking for that extra edge in your design? Michelle Thomas, award-winning Texas interior designer shares tips and tricks of the trade here!

5 Color and Design Tips for Remodeling Your Home – From Lisa Thompkins

Michelle Thomas

Color is one of the most powerful tools in our lives that can change how we view spaces

and shift the way we interact with our homes. If you’re considering updating your 

home’s color scheme, keep these tips in mind! 

1. Get to Know the Color Wheel

Before getting started, it’s a good idea to get to know the color wheel. The general color

selections people go for are nearly monochromatic out of fear of doing something 

wrong, but luckily it’s incredibly easy to make this exciting!  


If most of your home is hues of green and teal, you can play with this by allowing pops 

of coral. You don’t have to cover your home in shades of coral, but at least one pop of coral in any area that’s covered in green can allow a sweet complementary color scheme to play.


The three main color schemes people go for are monochromatic (all one color in varying

shades), analogous (similar colors like orange-red and yellow together), and 

complementary colors (colors that sit opposite each other on the color wheel). Play 

around with these before branching out!

2. Stains Can Always Be Redone

When looking at a wood furniture color chart, you might quickly realize that your home is

covered in many different colors and finishes of wood: so it can be hard to decide where

to go from here. Generally speaking, if all of your wood is within one color, but at 

different lightness and darknesses, you should be okay!

To make this match within your home, take the time to remove the stain that’s there, 

sand the wood down, and then stain it again. This will result in an even and matching 

tone that will allow your entire property to feel uniform, even if the pieces are all slightly 

different shades.

3. Don’t Feel The Entire Home Needs to Match

Although it’s easy to assume that your entire home should be unified in style and color 

choices: it doesn’t have to be. Rooms that are separated by a doorway are allowed to 

be as different as you want them to be since there’s no reason to assume someone will 

be trying to enjoy both rooms at the same time.


This line of thinking allows you to explore multiple different styles and ideas throughout 

your property. You can add motifs that carry through the entire property since this will 

allow you to unify it in a way that makes sense to you! This could mean you have black 

faceplates and light switches throughout or that your light fixtures are all the same, but 

be creative and have fun with it! 

4. Remember the Doors, Knobs, and Details

The details throughout your home should be cohesively picked. Too many bright pops 

of different colors can leave the area feeling overwhelming and have guests and 

possible buyers confused about where to look at any one time. 

Take a moment to consider what general color scheme you’d like for each room and its 

details. If you want metal handles on your cabinets, make sure this hue or type of metal

is going to match the other fixtures or appliances that might have a metal finish on them.

If you want a chrome wall mount faucet, it’s a good idea to carry that chrome throughout other parts of your kitchen.

5. Consider Where You Want to Lead the Eye

Color can be used to give visual cues to guide eyes where you want them to go. Tall 

light-colored curtains can make a room feel larger and a ceiling feels higher, like if you 

add molding to kitchen cabinets that match the cabinet color.

For instance, leaning into the trend of the white kitchen that’s been going on, if you want

to draw people’s eyes to your gorgeous large window that overlooks your garden, avoid 

setting anything else bright and colorful near it and instead using muted tones. The green outside will really pop against these and make the windows draw more attention.


Accent walls are coming back into style and are a very simplified version of this idea.

Is There A Wrong Way to Redesign With Color?

Although there are plenty of loose rules about color and the way you use it, the 

important thing to remember is that if you’re not trying to sell your home, you can make 

it into anything you want it to be.


If you want a home that’s full of contrasting, bright, fully saturated colors, that’s totally up

to you! These color and design tips are there as a guide to help lead you towards 

what’s popular and what most people are enjoying or what you can do to make your 

home more visually interesting. If it doesn’t apply to your personal tastes, that’s okay!  

Just apply what applies to you. 

Your Home Can Be Whatever You Need It to Be

Whether you’re trying to seal the deal on a sale and get more money than you could 

otherwise, or you’re eager to make your home more exciting to come home to every 

day- these tools can help! Consider


Lisa Thompkins is the Design Content Writer at Innovative Building Materials. With over 20 years of interior design and photography experience, Lisa has worked on many projects including commercial office design and residential spaces.


Lisa’s work has been featured in such publications as Elle Decor, Azure Magazine, Decor Magazine and Country Living.

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Your bedroom is one of the most important rooms in your house and the one you spend most of your time in. Even though few guests will step foot inside, it’s important to give your space a refresh to fit your style and become your personal getaway. So even if you live in Portland, New York, or anywhere in between, you’ll be able to escape the chaos of everyday life. This doesn’t require a complete remodel. In fact, incorporating things like well-placed art, bold wallpaper, and your favorite materials and colors will do just the trick. Looking for some inspiration? We’ve gathered tips from experts on how to create the room of your dreams.

5 Genius Ways to Unleash Spring Colors in Your Home


With spring right around the corner, Michelle Thomas Design knows the urge to break out fresh, fun colors is almost overwhelming for Austin’s interior decorating lovers! If you’ve got the itch to decorate but minimal time, get ready to fall in love with these quick and easy ways to add a gorgeous pop of color to your home!

Pantone’s Color of the Year – Classic Blue


“A reassuring presence instilling calm, confidence and connection.”

Classic blue adds a dramatic effect to this space complimenting the warm and natural brown tones of the floor and stair rail. Many people would shy away from such a bold choice, but as you can see it offers a warm welcome to this entry space. The geometric detail on the wall adds a modern, custom touch proving simple, yet dramatic features add personality and interest to any space.

Be bold, be brave, and beautify your space!

A Fresh New Kitchen for 2019


Spring is almost here which means out with the old and in with the new.

So where to start?

Most of us spend many hours a day in the kitchen prepping and preparing, hosting and toasting. The kitchen is truly the heart of the home. That is why it is important for your kitchen to not only function well, but also inspire you.

What is trending for 2019 in kitchens?

As mentioned in our previous post, Quartz countertops are a top pick. Not only is quartz very durable, it is also offered in many different shades and patterns similar to granite and marble so you can achieve the same look without having the long term maintenance that granite and marble require. While white remains the #1 quartz choice for many homeowners, don’t be afraid to use color or even a subtle pattern, especially if your home has a contemporary or modern style.

Using a fun tile in your kitchen can be another great way to add color or pattern. Whether used as a floor tile or as a backsplash, a colored and/or patterned tile can add a lot of personality to your kitchen. If you use a strong pattern on your floor, choose a simple backsplash tile or vice versa. Too much color/pattern can be just that… too much. Balance is key!

If your cabinets are still dark, you should consider lightening them up. White kitchens have been all the rage over the past several years and if white is just not your style or you’d prefer something a little warmer, painting your cabinets a lighter shade will help brighten your kitchen and will make it feel new again. Don’t be afraid to use color on your cabinets.

*Photos courtesy of Walker Zanger

Granite, Marble, or Quartz?

Michelle Thomas

Which is best, you might ask? Granite, marble and quartz are all great options for kitchens, bathrooms, mud & laundry rooms, but it is good to know that most natural options like granite and marble are porous and require regular maintenance and care to maintain its natural beauty.

The luxury of quartz is that it offers a non-porous surface which makes it much more durable and offers less maintenance. Another feature we love about quartz is the many colors and patterns available. White granite and marble offer some really beautiful, natural patterns and veining, quartz offers similar natural patterns as well as more contemporary patterns with glass, metals and/or other stones.

To learn more about quartz, visit Econ Granite.

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Starting a renovation project can be difficult. Knowing when and where to start, hiring the right designer and contractor, making new selections, and living in a construction zone are all part of the process that can be overwhelming for many homeowners. But in the end, the result is well worth all of the work that goes into the project.

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