Posted by Allison Boreen in Home Design, Minneapolis

“Create a consistent movement of colors and materials for the interior finishes of your home. Differentiate each room through pops of color that can easily be restructured as trends change.” – Julie Reese, Selection Coordinator at M/I Homes

“Don’t overthink it! There are a million combinations of selection choices that look great together. Our design team is great about suggesting a few different options that work together. Trust your gut.” – Mandy Williard, Selection Coordinator at M/I Homes

You’ve gone through the floorplan selection process, you know your budget, and you’re ready and excited to go through the journey of home building. Your Design Center appointment is looming just around the corner and perhaps you’re feeling a mixture of emotions: excitement, trepidation, anticipation, or maybe a lack of knowing quite what to expect.

Feeling confident you’ve made interior and exterior design selections you’ll be happy with for many years to come is a huge relief to homebuyers. An M/I Homes Design Consultant will guide you through your scheduled appointment, informing you of latest design trends while helping you select products that complement each other while creating an extension of your own style within the home.

Many customers ask, where do I start? How do I customize this home to make it my own? At M/I Homes, you’re not alone in these questions! We’re here to help. Here are a few of the do’s and don’ts of picking out design selections.


  • Do have in mind which areas of the home you’re willing to upgrade from the standard, included product.
  • Do decide on a color palette you’d like to work from. Do you prefer warmer tans or cooler greys? This will help determine the direction of your flooring tone, which can help provide direction for the rest of your home design.
  • Do try to have your structural changes done prior to your Design Center appointment. This avoids having to redraw the floorplan and reselect products, all leading to additional charges.
  • Do go with your gut. Many times, homebuyers second guess their initial choices in the Design Center and request to make changes, only to change them back. Most of the time, the first decision you made is the right decision.
  • Do follow your personal style. Find images of homes you love and reflect on the tone you’re trying to create for your new home. Put together inspirations for your new home and bring your ideas to your design appointment.
  • Do decide what design elements are important to you now, and what you can complete on your own after closing.


  • Don’t compare your home or design style to others.
  • Don’t lets others’ opinions influence you too much. While it’s good to be open to hearing other suggestions, ultimately you want your home to be a reflection of you
  • Don’t select paint first. In the Design Center, paint is one of the last items to be determined. This is because it serves as a backdrop for the other items and products chosen for the room. The color tones may shift in your chosen selections from the start of your appointment to the end of your appointment, so you’ll want to choose a paint color that is appropriate for what you ended up selecting.
  • Don’t forget to consider potential resale in the future. Select products you love but try to keep in mind that you may want your home to be appealing to a future buyer as well.

One exceptional online tool that will help you better visualize your home is M/I Homes’ Online Design Center. This online tool will allow you to select a floorplan in a community of choice and begin browsing selections, without the pressure of having to make decisions on the spot. It’s a great way to see all the available options and compare standard vs. upgraded products. Once you have a wish list, you can bring it into your design center appointment.

If you’re not quite to the point of purchasing a home, but would like to try out the browsing tool, consider selecting our popular two-story floorplan, the Dearborn, in our new North Creek community as a starting point. This three-bedroom-plus-loft home offers an optional fourth bedroom option, convenient mud room off the garage, and a front flex room, great for a home office.

North Creek is one of our newest communities, ideally situated in Farmington, MN, close to a plethora of neighboring cities’ dining, shopping, and entertainment options. In this community, this Dearborn floorplan comes with a 2-car garage with the option for a 3rd stall for those looking for a bit more garage space. Click here to get started with designing your new Dearborn!

From finding your dream home to filling it with reflections of your design style and personality, we’re creating better customer experiences at M/I Homes. Let us Welcome you to Better today.


Allison Boreen <>
Allison Boreen


As Internet Sales Manager in Minneapolis, Allison has been in the real estate industry for nearly 15 years. She has always enjoyed helping buyers find their homes within our numerous communities throughout the Twin Cities. In her free time, Allison enjoys writing, trying new restaurants, and seeing live music, and she uses her innate knowledge of the area to help buyers love their hometown!

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