True or False?
What’s the final word on permits? Are there right and wrong colours for a small space? From debunked myths to hard-and-fast rules that stand the test of time, we’ve got it all in this week’s true or false roundup.
True or False: Avoid dark colours in small spaces.
False. Dark colours sometimes get a bad rap in the world of interior design – particularly when it comes to small spaces. Rooms which lack character could benefit greatly from a rich, dark hue. While white is an easy and versatile canvas, charcoals, rich blues and chocolaty browns bring drama to a small space and can actually give the illusion of a larger area.
True or false: Before you begin, obtain all necessary permits.
True. Building codes and permits are never a suggestion. Permits protect the homeowner and keep the city abreast of any major modifications you’ll be making to your property. Failure to obtain permits can result in costly fines, legal action and construction delays. Check of what the City of Halifax has to say about permits here: www.halifax.ca/building-renovating/PermitsandInspections.php.
True or false: Conceal all “ugly” architecture.
False. Industrial design elements are growing in popularity. From exposed pipes to posts and beams, those once-covered-up “eyesores” are now hailed as a thing of beauty. So before you consider breaking the bank to cover the inner workings of a space, take a step back and view these elements as an added decorative statement.
True or false: Going green will save you money in the long run.
True. Green materials and energy-efficient appliances are a smart investment. While that first purchase may be pricier, the end results will be financially rewarding. Do your homework to discover which green products will work best for you.
True or false: All colours in a room should match.
False. Shades once considered mortal enemies are now joining forces to create beautiful, colourful spaces. And the same goes for patterns: a striped rug here and a floral cushion there is no longer a faux-pas.
True or false: Meet with your contractor and check references before the work begins.
True. Hiring the right general contractor for the job is a big decision. Feel confident in your selection by meeting with potential candidates, reviewing their portfolio and following up with references.
True or false: The bottom line should dictate all decisions.
False. Cheaper is not always better and quality should never be compromised when renovating your home. Do your due diligence and compare price points when it comes to costs. Some deals really are too good to be true, so get all the facts before handing over your wallet.
True or false: Renovations don’t have to be daunting.
True! When some homeowners hear the word “renovation” they cringe. Perhaps a failed kitchen reno or a half-completed deck is looming in their memory. But the reality is, renovations are a fun and exciting experience. And when done right, the end result is a brand new space to enjoy with family and friends!
If you’ve been contemplating a renovation, we’d love to hear from you! And for even more inspiration, check out our blog and portfolio at iloverenovations.ca.