By Design // Design FAQ
Everything You Need to Know
Every day we receive dozen of questions all asking about our go-to materials and specs for projects big and small. Since we can't design each of your homes ourselves, we thought it best to round up all of our frequently asked questions in one spot as the ultimate resource for your next home reno project!
Everything from flooring, to paint color, finishes, installation recommendations, and more, we've got the answers, so read on to find out!
While all our projects vary slightly in color or material, the flooring options we choose from always fall within these design parameters: it is a light, natural stain in a wide plank.
Whether you go real hardwood or LVP is up to you and your climate and lifestyle, we will say that LVP has come a long way and does look and feel as real as wood with the added durability and lower cost.
If you want to get a look identical to your favorite Pure Salt project, we love shopping through Provenza and Warren Christopher for our designs!
It may be common knowledge that we are die-hard fans of an all white look, but do you know the deets? We have two go-tos: Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore (Leigh's favorite), for a crisp look, and Simply White (also by Benjamin Moore and Aly's pick) for a softer finish.
No matter the color, we recommend sticking with the most matte finish your space will allow or a clean and modern look. One of the reasons we love Benjamin Moore paint is that the quality is superior so it works as a performance paint—we can go for a matte finish in bathrooms and kitchens with the security that it won't deteriorate from day-to-day living.
Design tip: paint your trim and ceilings the same color white as your walls! This helps your space look visually brighter and bigger, and cuts down the decision making process, which we always appreciate in a project!
If you're wondering how large we recommend making a kitchen island. the answer is there is no answer. The size all depends on the size of your kitchen and your needs for function. We work with the idea that you should keep about 3 feet of walking room around the island between wall side cabinets, to allow for easy movement and ability to use the space.
Once you determine how much space you need around your island, you can deduce the size of your island itself. If you want to include counter seating, we love an overhang of 15 inches for comfy seating for meals and work (make sure you include this measurement when calculating the size of your island).
We are always of the mindset that lighting sets the mood, and opting for pieces that complement your recessed lights helps cozy up and add some personality to a space. For pendants and chandeliers above islands or dining tables, start with at least 36 inches between the surface and the bottom of your light (Depending on the size and scale of your pendant you may need to raise or lower from that starting point.)
So many lighting options!