A Designer's Guide to Asheville: Design Resources Part 2

As a follow up to my first post on Asheville Design Resources, here are more of my favorite resources for making selections in the area. Once the key interior finish selections are determined, lighting is the next big selection, followed by finalizing wood flooring and carpet, then paint and window treatments.

Christie's Lighting in the Airport Design Center has a great showroom where you can usually find what you need on display. If you see a vendor you like in their showroom, they’ll have the vendor’s catalog with all the options from that vendor (beware – it could get overwhelming!). However, when it comes to personalized customer service, I like to work with Jonathan from Lux Lighting. Some of my favorite lighting manufacturers sold at either Christie’s or Lux Lighting are: Feiss, Kichler, Hudson Valley, Tech Lighting, and Hubbardton Forge.

For carpet and wood flooring, Carpet One on Charlotte Street is my favorite resource. They are extremely helpful, have a good range of product on display, and even offer a great line of commercial products. Gennett Lumber in the River Arts District is another option if you're looking for hardwood flooring that can be finished on site. This can be a good way to save on hardwood flooring.

For paint, Sherwin Williams has the best pricing for the quality and a couple of area showrooms where you can select samples and purchase paint. Sherwin Williams’ designer sampling resources are my favorite, mostly because of their secret weapon – the small ‘Concepts in Color’ fan deck. Benjamin Moore also has a couple of area showrooms. Their quality and color selection are wonderful, but I’m not convinced if the increase in price from Sherwin Williams is justified. 

Blinds & Designs in the Airport Design Center is my go-to resource for window treatments. They carry and display the full range of Hunter Douglas privacy treatments (Silhouettes, Duettes, Roller Shades, Plantation Shutters, etc.), they sell and install window films to protect your flooring and furniture from damaging UV rays, and fabricate decorative treatments as well. They’re a very well run family operation with loads of expertise. Karen is one of the owners and she is an expert on all the products they sell.

Furniture and rugs resources are next, and there are so many great options to choose from! Looking forward to sharing more with you soon.