Before you start any renovations, it’s a good idea to gather ideas and put the good ones in a portfolio. This opens you up to things you never thought of before. It shows you newest trends and helps you sort out what you like and what you don’t like.
Before you begin, you might want to check out my blog on trends vs. timeless so that you know what your priorities are.
Parade of Homes
Every year my town hosts a Parade of Homes and I know a lot of other towns do this as well. Builders feature one or two of their newest homes built by local citizens. They show how colors and materials go together, and are usually decluttered and staged. This is a great place to start. You can see how tiles, flooring, and paint colors work together in real life, instead of in pictures or on samples that are tiny and hard to picture in large quantities.