Where To Start With a Renovation

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Helping clients and investors get their homes ready (either to sell, ready to rent or to live in) seems to have taken over my business these days.  Don’t get me wrong – I’m loving every minute of it!  Coming up and designing organized and efficient spaces that are not only functional, but look pretty – BEST.JOB.EVER!  I guess you can say all my education and training is being put to use.

This past weekend my General Contractor and myself were at the Calgary Home + Garden Show at the ‘Ask An Expert’ booth talking about renovations.  Whether you are just looking for a ‘refresh’ of paint colours or are looking to do some minor or major renovations, I typically get asked about where to start with the whole process.

I’m so glad when I get asked that question because there actually is a place to start – and that is determining your foundation palette of your home.  All of my clients want a ‘fresh‘ look (and quite often that equates to the gray trend these days).  However, a specific gray that you love (or may have seen on Pinterest) may not work with your house.



One of the biggest mistakes I see homeowners making is changing some (or all) of their trim colour to match the colour of their newly painted walls.  Your trim  work should relate to your hard finishes in your home and NOT the colour of your walls which is why knowing your foundation palette of your home is so important!

Crisp and Clean

If your foundation palette is white, then you will most likely have trim colours that fall in the blue-white and true white categories.  Colours such as:

Crisp and Clean

crips and clean bathroom

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Warm and Earthy

If your foundation palette is cream,then you will most likely have trim colours that fall in the off-white and cream categories.  Colours such as:

Warm and Earthy

Ivory White

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*Please note the colour on your computer screen may not reflect the true colour of the paint*

** When I carry out Colour Consultations I spec out Benjamin Moore (BM) as well as Sherwin Williams (SW) colours**


The biggest mistake I see is trying to mix crisp and clean with warm and earthy.  And guess what?  For the most part THEY DO NOT WORK  and you end up having a hot mess with a ton of wasted money (and yes, there are always exceptions to the rules).  Take this photo for example:

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While I don’t know the whole situation here, it looks like they wanted to have a lighter, fresher feel.  Well guess what?  The paint on the walls is clean and fresh while the flooring and cabinetry is warm and earthy.   If you see the edge of the carpet, it also falls in ‘warm and earthy’.  This is a perfect example of mixing clean and dirty colours.

It’s important to know what your foundation palette is in your home.  If your home is earthy and warm and you want to make the change to crisp and clean, then chances are you’ll be doing renovations (and most likely not small renos either) in your entire home.  If a large renovation is not in the budget, is there a way to get a new ‘fresh’ look if your foundation palette falls in the earthy and warm category?  YES – absolutely!

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When it comes to renovations and work done in your home, you just can not afford to make a mistake!  Send me an email to discuss your home.

One of the biggest investments one can make is the investment of a home and I believe you should LOVE coming home.

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  1. on 04.03.2015
    at 11:34 AM

    I have to say that I like the earthy and warm colors, at least for the bedroom. I would love to snuggle up in that featured bedroom on a cold winter night.

    Crisp and clean sounds too much like Krispy Kreme…. now I am hungry.

    • on 04.03.2015
      at 3:01 PM

      That’s funny Richard ” Krispy Kreme”. It is very interesting who tends to be drawn to crisp and clean and who tends to be drawn to earthy and warm. My favorite color is yellow so I’m always drawn to earthy! ~Sheri

  2. on 09.04.2015
    at 1:27 PM

    Great post indeed !!!! It is very helpful to think where to start .I really happy with your ideas and they are easy to understand too.Your article is rich in content and sharable also.Thanks for sharing your article with us.

    • on 13.04.2015
      at 7:32 AM

      Thanks for stopping by to leave your nice comments. ~Sheri

  3. on 09.04.2015
    at 4:25 PM

    It is great to be here and read such a mind blowing article.I really appreciate your hard work .Your post is really very easy to understand and interesting too.A big thanks to you for sharing such a great post with all of us.

    • on 13.04.2015
      at 7:32 AM

      Thanks for stopping by to leave your comment. I really appreciate it. ~Sheri

  4. on 31.05.2015
    at 5:56 AM

    I like it that you have broken down two base colors to start with. Always start with clean looking colors such as white, and from there start customizing your home. Again, an organized person will finish the renovation in a quick and efficient manner. Personally I always like light colors such as white as it keeps looking fresh and more flexible. Again, thanks for the tips Sheri! These are some valuable renovation tips.

    • on 01.06.2015
      at 10:42 AM

      Thanks Dustin. We’re almost done our own reno so can’t wait to reveal it! And I’ve kept to our 5 week schedule too. ~Sheri

  5. on 05.10.2015
    at 6:24 AM

    Thank you for the awesome article. One more thing before you start with a renovation is. Use head prevention to present injuries.

  6. on 03.02.2016
    at 3:25 AM

    Hi there Sheri, I really admire your job. For one, it just sounds fun and secondly, you get exposed to see different styles and decors making you more creative and experienced each and every day. I am also oin love with your choice of colors. Thanks a lot for sharing this. You inspired me.


    • on 03.02.2016
      at 8:45 AM

      Thanks Cindy! I really appreciate your comments. I love my work – working with so many different people with different tastes. Every project is truly an adventure! Thanks again for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment. ~Sheri

  7. on 22.03.2016
    at 6:36 AM

    Hey Sheri..
    Amazing article.. It is very helpful to those persons who are always in confusion that where to start the cleaning or renovation.
    Even sometimes I also get confused when I decided to clean my house but thank god my vacuum cleaner helps me a lot to clean my couch, carpet and other area of house.
    Thanks for the post.
    Keep it up.

    • on 25.03.2016
      at 2:26 PM

      Thanks Kathy!

  8. on 25.04.2016
    at 4:24 AM


    Shery Your did a very good job..

    I must say simply amazing ….

    The pictures are really very attractive…..

    Your message is worth appreciating.Upgrading can be really valuable.
    Thumbs up buddy..!

  9. on 16.09.2016
    at 5:28 AM

    Hi sheri, love your work. I can’t decorate a room to save my life. I believe there are really only 3 colors in this world and women like you are just trying trying to confuse us. Anyway, I have to share this with my wife.

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