Planning out the details that will put the finishing touches on your home’s interior design style is where you’re really able to bring more of who you are into your redesign, renovation or remodeling project. Whether you’re making updates to sell or will enjoy them yourself, there are a few fundamental design elements you’ll want to pay careful attention to when you’re putting on those finishing touches.
From bright blue cabinets to bold black and white patterned tiles, at Freccia Group we’ve seen it all when building and designing our custom homes in Austin, TX. These are just 7 of the finishing touches we’ve seen added to homes that take them from mundane to exquisite.
What Are Finishing Touches? (And Why Are They Important?)
Finishing touches are design elements that add character and personality to your home. They are the small details that play a large role in how your home is perceived and can sometimes even completely change the energy of your space.
The finishing touches that matter most to you may be different from someone else’s because we all have our own unique styles and preferences. However, as one of Austin’s premiere residential homebuilders, our team at Freccia Group finds that there are often 7 finishing touches that matter most to homeowners.
These elements can sometimes be the inspiration behind renovations and total-home redesigns or come up later in the process. Either way, they’re defining factors in making your custom home project feel complete.
7 Finishing Touches That Will Elevate Your Home
If there’s anything we’ve learned in our years of experience as luxury home builders and custom project management providers in Austin, it’s that little details make a big impact. Renovations and redesigns can not only change how you feel about your space but can also make a good impression on your guests.
Once you’ve decided to start your renovation or redesign, it’s time to get into those finishing touches that will bring it all together! These design elements set the foundation for other accent pieces such as furniture, rugs, and appliances.
Let’s look at the 7 finishing touches that matter the most in your home.
1. Kitchen Cabinets
Often located in the middle of the home and near the living room, the kitchen is one of your home’s focal centers so it’s not surprising that it is one of the most common spaces to undergo a redesign. Kitchen renovations often include updated appliances, countertops and almost always new cabinetry.
Cabinets are highly customizable and can change the entire feel of your kitchen. Options range anywhere from something dark and bold like black or more natural tones like muted grays or the very popular sage green cabinetry.
Freccia Group Insider Tips For Choosing Custom Cabinetry
- Match kitchen hardware. If you’re going for a minimalistic kitchen look, don’t add ornate, complicated hardware to your kitchen.
- Align style with the rest of your kitchen. For example, if you’re aiming for a farmhouse-style kitchen, you probably don’t want dark cabinets and accent pieces.
- Ensure cabinets remain functional. You can have both functionality and style. For example, don’t use an open organization style if the items on the shelf make your home look more cluttered.
With so much sun available year-round, natural light is a must for custom homes in Texas. There’s a reason why we use lots of windows when building our custom homes — they naturally open up the space while adding a luxurious yet comfortable feel to the home.
Window features like window walls, bay windows and skylights continue to increase in popularity, especially during the summer months.
Since Austin has very hot summers and hail storms in the winter, it’s important to have windows that are durable and energy efficient. One of our favorite building materials to use on our custom projects are Andersen Windows – like the ones seen on our 13th Street Custom New Build. They trap in the cool air, keep the heat out and of course, it helps that they look amazing!
3. Light Fixtures
Don’t be afraid to let your personality shine through! Light plays an important role in how your home looks and feels to visitors so where natural lighting won’t work, light fixtures can pull through.
A statement light fixture can feel ornamental during the day and can give your home a cozy feel when the sun goes down. It’s also the perfect opportunity to add accent pieces like lamps, chandeliers, and outdoor lighting that suit your preferences and pull together the design aesthetic you’re looking for.
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the amount of light fixture options available. Check out our Freccia Group projects to see how we incorporated light fixtures into our custom home designs. You’ll find that we love adding gold light fixtures to give simple home designs a little something extra and often use black light fixtures to add more depth and dimension to a space.
Tiles are an absolute game changer when it comes to using finishing touches to elevate your home. Thankfully, tile is no longer limited to just bathrooms and kitchens. Custom home builders are getting more creative in how they incorporate them into spaces all throughout the home.
Floors, walls, showers and backsplashes – there’s room for creativity everywhere!
Since tiles are made out of natural materials, they last a very, very long time. Picking out tiles can be a decision you make now that you will continue to benefit from for years. Whether you showcase your personality through colors and patterns or prefer to keep things neutral with natural stone, there are options available for every space in your home.
The quality of your countertop surfaces is something you can see and feel so it’s definitely a detail you won’t want to miss. Whether it’s the surfaces in your bathrooms or your kitchen island, your countertops can pack a powerful punch when it comes to your home’s design.
Many kitchen countertops use materials like granite, marble or a personal favorite of ours – quartz. Whether it’s a natural material or man-made, each has its pros and cons so before settling on a material for your countertops, make sure that its durability, stain resistance and overall look match your functional needs as well as your aesthetic needs.
Your countertops can also be a place where you get a little more creative if the accompanying cabinetry and hardware are on the simpler side.
6. Entryway Staircase
The foyer is the first place in your home a guest will see — be sure to make the right impression. Foyers and entryways are not only aesthetic features but also serve as functional spaces for providing that extra storage space you need for your home.
If your home has a staircase that can be seen from the entryway, you’ll want to be sure it stands out. It’s also the perfect place to add a statement feature like an understairs mini bar or to establish your interior design style with ornate wooden railings for an antique-style home or black metal rails for a modern approach.
Flooring is the final finishing touch you’ll want to get right when renovating or redesigning your home. Since it’s present in every room, it must be both high quality and match your desired aesthetic.
Most homeowners prefer high-quality wood flooring over carpet. It’s a timeless choice that is durable enough to last through extensive everyday use but it does also require a little extra care to prevent it from looking dull, scuffed and worn down. Since floors are something you use every day you’ll want to take the time to plan ahead to make sure you’re seeing a better return on your investment.
With so many options and styles, you’ll be sure to find the perfect flooring for your home.
Schedule A Consultation With Freccia Group For Your Renovation Project Today
Are you ready to renovate the interior of your home? Freccia Group can help!
Our in-house team of architects, builders and designers will work with you to design your dream space whether that’s a new kitchen, bathroom or total home remodel. As Austin’s premier residential and commercial builders and construction project managers, we’ll make sure your dream home designs are brought to life using only the highest quality materials and the industry’s best practices.
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