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What to Buy For Your Interior Design Project

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It's easy to become overwhelmed when trying to figure out what to buy for your interior design project

There's a lot to purchase for a renovation or remodel. It's easy to become overwhelmed.

Here's how to gain clarity and control: work with checklist. Not just any checklist. One that outlines what to purchase and what order to purchase it in.

I developed such a list and used it while designing hundreds of rooms. I trained the designers who worked for me to use it, and now I'm sharing it with you. It put us in control of our projects, and it will do the same for you.

What to Buy For Your Interior Design Project, In Order

  1. Millwork: Windows, Doors, Crown & Base Molding, plus railings for landings and staircases.
  2. Appliances: All small and large appliances that need to be built-in.
  3. Cabinets: Kitchen cabinets, bathroom furniture, entertainment centers, window seats, bars, and more.
  4. Plumbing Fixtures: Primarily for bathrooms and kitchens. Also, for laundry rooms, bars, and coffee centers.
  5. Electrical: Light fixtures, outlets and switches, alarm systems, and audio/visual systems.
  6. Flooring: Tile, wood, carpets, vinyl, and less common materials like cork.
  7. Wall Coverings: Wallpaper, paint, paneling, wainscoting, etc.
  8. Ceiling Materials: The same options as wall coverings above.
  9. Window Coverings: Blinds, shades, shutters, and drapery.
  10. Major Art & Accessories: Large wall hangings and other focal pieces.
  11. Minor Art & Accessories: Small paintings, framed photographs, and tabletop items.

That's a long list. Just start with number one and move your way down the list. Don't worry about selecting everything at once. When you choose the most impactful items first, the little details fall into place.


Jackie Lopey, Certified Interior Designer & founder of Wide Canvas

She didn't know it, but Jackie Lopey's days as an advertising executive were numbered when she bought and renovated a 1950's bungalow. She soon went back to school and started her own design studio. Jackie is an award-winning, certified interior designer and the founder of Wide Canvas.


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