It’s easy to become overwhelmed with remodeling decisions. Although it helps to start at the beginning and envision how you see yourself using the space.

Do you want a clean, contemporary kitchen perfect for hosting an elegant brunch or casual dinner party? Or do you picture an open and welcoming space, with flair and personality, perfect for family dinners or large holiday gatherings?

Do you imagine a luxurious, spa-like experience in your master bath? Or a relaxing, eco-friendly retreat that echoes elements from nature?

When you are ready for a remodel, the big question is: what can you do to prevent feeling stressed by all the decisions ahead of you?

1. Start with what inspires you.

Whether you browse showrooms, click through Pinterest, or flip through design magazines, take some time to really think through what you want. Don’t put pressure on yourself to decide on every facet of your project at this point. Just relax, look at the options available, and discover what speaks to you.

To achieve the look you want, it feels like you must make thousands of decisions based on style, function, features, and budget. It can be difficult to balance these and make the right decisions that will bring your vision to reality.

2. Think big picture at first.

Don’t let your favorite paint color guide your decisions! Start with the major elements, such as flooring and cabinetry. Then work your way through lighting, hardware, and color. Big, permanent choices should be made first: they will have the most significant impact on your budget, timeline, and results. Then, as you clarify these in your mind (and in drawings with your designer), you can begin to think about the smaller components.

Today’s manufacturers offer a stunning range of options. There is an endless selection of stoves, refrigerators, washers/dryers, floorings, countertops, fixtures, faucets, tubs, showers… and then there are the colors, patterns, and textures.

But too much is just too much; it can lead to decision fatigue. When we make too many choices, the quality of our decisions is reduced. We may avoid decisions or make impulsive choices. So how do you best navigate this decision-making process?

3. Work with a partner.

Being able to rely on a trusted designer and project manager takes a great deal of the stress out of your project. Before you hire someone, make sure to ask plenty of questions so you understand their process, timeline, and how they will keep on budget. You also want to find a designer who listens to your wants and needs, someone who understands your vision. Lean on their expertise when making decisions. It’s your home, but their experience can help you see options more clearly and make decisions that you’ll love living with.

Home improvement doesn’t have to be stressful or overwhelming. We guide our clients through a simple approach, the ACo Way, which ensures a worry-free kitchen or bath remodel and a home in which you’ll love where you live. Visit us online at to schedule your free in-home design consultation.