Ask an interior designer: tips from a designer in the Leander region
Interior designer Lindsay Cerilli suggests keeping old furniture until new furniture arrives. (Courtesy of Cerulean Concepts)
Lindsay Cerilli is a Leander-based interior designer with 11 years of experience. His interior design firm, Cerulean Concepts, specializes in the design of new construction and works with builders on finishing details. Cerilli provides design services in the Leander, Cedar Park, Lago Vista, Georgetown and Liberty Hill areas.
Cerilli shares advice, offers design ideas, and answers questions about the design process.
How can homeowners customize a new home to suit their personal style?
“Sometimes the hardest part in choosing finishes for your new build home is determining your style. Before selecting finishes, it helps to record pictures of rooms for inspiration and find them. common points among inspiration photos such as color, material types or architectural elements. You can then replicate the elements in your new home using similar options that your builder may offer. If the builder’s options are Limited, I suggest going with the included standard offerings for lighting, mirrors and cabinet hardware and replacing them with your own after closing. “
What are some weekend house plans?
“My favorite weekend project where the sweat you put on will have the most impact on the design is an accent wall. To make the best use of time, I suggest dividing the project into two weekends. The first weekend, plan and purchase all the materials. Next weekend, create your accent wall. Ideas include wallpaper, wallpaper, panel molding, and accent paint with stencil detail all over the surface.
What should customers know or do before contacting a designer?
“It’s best to contact a designer four to six months in advance of when you want your project to be completed to allow for design time and material arrival. Before contacting a designer, it helps if all decision makers agree on a list of areas you are looking for help with and how much budget you want to spend on your project. “
Do you have any tips for dealing with the long waits caused by the pandemic?
“My design philosophy has always been to ‘plan before you buy’, and that is more true than ever. When it comes to furniture and fixtures, take more time in the design planning phase to understand the dimensions and order color samples to save time and hassle to avoid item returns. With widespread furniture delays and limited materials, it’s best to keep your existing furniture until your new furniture arrives so you don’t run out of key pieces. “