Small Upgrades

In a new home, there are a lot of big design selections that create the overall look and feel. The cabinetry, counter tops, tile splashes, and even flooring are some of the larger items that can make a big impact on your home. What people fail to realize is that there are countless other details that can make an even bigger impression on the appearance of your new home.



We include a great lighting package at Shea Homes, complete with flush mounts, vanity fixtures, and chandeliers or pendant groupings for your Kitchen, Dining, and Breakfast areas. Lighting is an opportunity for you to showcase areas of the house and make them stand out. Try a unique semi-flush to give a hallway or bedroom a little pop. In the place of a vanity light in a powder room, consider a ceiling mounted pendant light. Gone are the days of the 2-tiered foyer light – consider a sphere, rectangular or unique shape to capture your attention every time you walk in the door! A slight lighting change can make a huge difference.


Hardware on the cabinetry may seem like a small detail, but truly they are not. Hardware can mimic the style of a cabinet, plumbing fixtures, and sometime even play into the tile backsplash. Hardware is something that designers refer to as “the jewelry” of the kitchen. It is a great way to add a pop or bling to the cabinets. They can also be minimalistic and understated to bring out the appearance of the kitchen even more!


Grout. Yep, we said it. Grout. Doesn’t sound glitzy at all, we know. It’s often forgotten by customers until we pull out the options for selection. Whether the grout lines contrast or blend they can change the overall appearance in a home that has tile. Try a dark gray grout with a white 3×6 subway tile or a light cream grout with a darker brown tile. Grout can transform a simple tile into something grand!


We open and close doors all-day, every day – why not make them look more special? Doors can add design interest to a home. They can capture the style of a home just like any other detail. Whether it’s a rustic/cottage style Cheyenne door, or a clean and contemporary Riverside door, both cater to the overall appearance of the home. Try to be bold and even paint your doors a darker shade of grey or black. Your doors will truly become a talking point of your home!


As the old proverb goes “big things come in little packages”,

April Gilmore & Your Shea Design Team

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