The transformation is complete. Your space has been reimagined into a stunning reflection of your personal style and functional needs, marking the end of an exciting journey from vision to reality. As the dust settles and the last of the professionals leave, stepping into your newly minted space elicits a whirlwind of emotions.
You’re likely to feel a potent mix of elation and awe, marveling at the transformation while also relishing the newfound peace that comes with the conclusion of the project. However, amidst this joy, there might be a nagging concern about maintaining this pristine, designer look—how do you ensure that your space continues to embody the same beauty and functionality that took your breath away on day one?
Fear not, for in this post, we’ll share essential tips and tricks to help you maintain that designer look long after the professionals have left, ensuring your home continues to be a source of pride and joy.
Tip #1: Keep Things Clutter-Free
Adhering to simple styling rules can make all the difference in maintaining the pristine elegance of your newly styled home. Firstly, implement a clutter management system: designate a specific bin for daily clutter and make it a weekly habit to sort through and organize or dispose of its contents. This prevents buildup and maintains the cleanliness and order of your space.
Secondly, embrace the “one in, one out” rule when adding new decor or items to your home; for every new piece that comes in, choose one existing piece to remove or repurpose elsewhere. This practice keeps your space from feeling overcrowded and ensures that the design remains thoughtful and curated.
Lastly, tackle space creep— the gradual encroachment of disorder—by regularly reassessing each room’s layout and usage. Periodic mini-decluttering sessions can help keep spaces open and functional, allowing the designer aesthetic to shine through without being overwhelmed by daily life’s chaos.
For more organization tips, read How to Organize Your Multi-Purpose Laundry Room.
Tip #2: Adhere to Consistent Cleaning Routines
Adhering to tailored cleaning routines for various materials in your home is essential for preserving their appearance and longevity.
Brushed nickel and stainless steel: Use a gentle, non-abrasive cleaner and a microfiber cloth to avoid scratches, thus preserving their luster.
Cement surfaces: Seal and dust regularly, and clean with pH-neutral cleaners to prevent stains.
Wood: Clean with specific cleaners based on its finish to avoid damage.
Tiles and marble: Use gentle, non-acidic cleaners to maintain their integrity and prevent etching or discoloration.
Performance fabrics: Promptly treat spills and adhere to the manufacturer’s cleaning guidelines.
Whether managing maintenance yourself or entrusting it to professionals, understanding and committing to the correct care practices for each material is crucial. This approach not only keeps your home looking its best but also safeguards your investment in its finishes and furnishings.
Tip #3: Consult Your Project Binder
At the conclusion of each project, every client is provided with a comprehensive project binder or a digital copy, underscoring our dedication to maintaining the pristine condition of your space.
This resource includes detailed care instructions for the materials, fabrics, fixtures, and finishes within your home, offering a personalized guide to preserving the beauty and integrity of every element. It serves as an invaluable tool, empowering you to confidently care for your space, thereby ensuring the longevity and vibrancy of your home’s design elements.
If we’ve styled your space in the past and it no longer carries that designer feel, remember we’re here to help rejuvenate your environment. Whether it’s resetting the design, enhancing existing spaces, or providing a refresh before a new season or significant event, our services are designed to bring back that curated, designer touch to your home.
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