Friday, 07 April 2017 14:00

Unraveling the Mysteries of Interior Design

By Megin Potter | Your Home

When shopping for your home, sometimes the only thing harder than finding something you like can be figuring out where to put it. 

“Especially in the Spring, everyone wants something fresh and new,” said Shelly Walker. As an interior designer and owner of Finishing Touches Home Décor in Wilton, she helps find unique items for your home and also helps you find the best way to arrange them in your space.

“I think what people are looking for now is an open concept. They don’t want the space to be chopped up into little rooms,” she said. 

Light and bright is the theme echoing throughout today’s most desirable designs. The floorplans begin in the kitchens, with their open shelving and quartz countertops, are expanding enjoyment into the living areas decorated with whites, greys, and neutral tones, and are even extending into the outdoors to create comfortable seasonal spaces.

“Simpler is more what people are going for,” said Walker. Winner of numerous awards for her design work in the Capital Region Builders and Remodelers Parade of Homes and the Saratoga Builders Showcase of Homes, she has completed everything from entire home designs, to room-by-room re-stylings, and is currently working on the lobby and public gathering areas in model condominium developments.  

“I always try to make each of my houses unique. What I’m doing this year is definitely different than last year,” said Walker. 

One thing that never changes, however is the question that Walker asks each client at the beginning of every consultation: “What do you want the space to be used for, and how do you want it to function?”

At times the solution can include something as simple as moving a lamp that is the wrong size for an end table, or removing a sofa that is blocking the flow into a room and replacing it with four chairs, an arrangement more conducive to conversation.

“Sometimes when I go into a house, things are placed here and there and all over. People, whether they know it or not, have a certain style that carries through from room to room, and I can definitely find that,” said Walker. 

New indoor and outdoor furniture and accessories are now coming into the Finishing Touches showroom from Walker’s recent trip to the NY Now wholesale home décor and lifestyle show. The store is located in a remodeled church that dates back to 1885.  While its wide plank flooring and beautiful chandeliers retain its original character, a giant 42” touchscreen television gives customers the modern technology that allows them to browse through a wide selection of special order products.

“There are a lot of great, unique things to choose from,” said Walker.

Finishing Touches Home Décor is open Wed.-Sat. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 217 Ballard Road in Wilton. Conveniently located off I-87 (Exit 16) in the former church next to Scotty’s Restaurant, there is plenty of parking available. 

For more information call 518-584-1490, find them at Facebook.com/finishingtouchesstore, or visit www.finishingtouchesstore.com 

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