As a homeowner, the finishes you choose for your countertops, flooring and cabinets will set the tone for how you want your home to be designed and make a statement for years to come. It’s important to work closely with your home builder to pick the style and color that best matches your taste. But first, here’s a few tips:

Check Out the Design Center

While sitting down with your builder to determine what type of finish is best for you is of the upmost importance, you’ll get the most out of your initial meeting if you do your homework first. Take a half hour before your appointment to browse your home builder’s website to see which designs they offer and what might work best for you. Parkside Builders offers a 3D tour of its design center, allowing you to select from all potential options without leaving your living room.

Decide on a Budget

It’s important that you walk into your meeting with your home builder or interior designer with a clear idea of what type of budget you’re working with. That way, you’ll be able to select the upgrades you want without worrying about putting yourself in a financial hole. If your budget isn’t unlimited, prioritize by thinking about which parts of your home you’ll use the most. If you love to cook and wow your guests with new recipes, invest in some fancy kitchen cabinets and top-of-the-line appliances. If you delight in relaxing with a warm bubble bath after a long day, splurge on upgraded finishes on your bathroom cabinets.

Mix and Match

Now that you have a general idea of what type of finishes you like and what you’re willing to spend, it’s time to get creative! Don’t be afraid to mix up your finishes throughout your home—what may work in your kitchen might not necessarily be the best fit for your master bedroom. However, you shouldn’t go overboard. Aim to have no more than 4 styles throughout your home, and no more than 2 per specific room.

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