101 things Katie Hutchison Studio (KHS) has learned designing homes, Part ten of ten

Newton Kitchen Renovation/Mud Room Addition: Wood floors work well in almost any space.See the full series here.

91.  Use metaphors to communicate design intent to homeowners.

92.  Avoid granite countertops; they’ve been done.

93.  Lighting with the proper color temperature is critical to how warm or cool a space feels.

94.  Pay attention to scale; right-size it.

95.  Wood floors work well in almost any space. (See Newton Kitchen Renovation/Mud Room Addition.)

96.  Design stairs to serve a use beyond vertical circulation.

97.  Reduce clutter and clean windows to increase spaciousness on a dime.

98.  Don’t conceal windows with overly busy or elaborate window treatments.  Roman shades or interior shutters work well.

99.  Provide a consistent interior trim color or clear finish; vary wall color within a harmonious palette. (See Primer: A Recipe for Architectural Charm.)

100. Maximize daylight. (See Common Sense Green.)

101. Practice forgiveness and gratitude.

by Katie Hutchison for House Enthusiast