Designing By Numbers: Six Easy Tips to Give Your Home a Makeover

The paint-by-numbers kits of childhood had a wonderful concept: by following clear and simple instructions, any child could create a well-done and coordinated color picture. Wanda Colon, the interior designer host of TLC’s Home Made Simple, took the paint-by-numbers idea and made it grow up. Knowing that many people are intimidated or just unskilled in interior design, Colon set out six steps to renovating and reenergizing the design of a home that are as easy as painting anything with a little number one blue.

Step 1: Focus on the Foyer

The foyer is the first entrance to a house, and thus the first impression that any guests will receive when they arrive and the final memory when they leave. Colon’s solution won’t break the bank at a mere $25-50, but it will have a rich impact. Invest in a console table that really makes a statement and top it with personal photos and a fragrant candle (just make sure that the scent matches the season; no cinnamon in May!).

Step 2: Pillows and Throws

There is no need to purchase new bedding with every changing design trend. Simply replacing the throw blankets and decorative pillows will freshen up the bedroom. Bedrooms are often neglected in the design world according to Colon, but as this is the room that is the most personal, it should be the most important instead. Occasionally changing up the color of the pillows and blanket will rejuvenate a room intended for winding down, without buying a whole new bedding set.

Step 3: Dress Up the Lights

Plain lampshades are only $10 and can easily be dressed up with unique and inexpensive fabrics. Apply the fabric to the lampshade with a hot glue gun, and decorate it with beads or maybe fringe to completely customize it. A custom piece not only a one-of-a-king treasure, but it is also a statement about the personality and creativity of the person who lives there.

Step 4: Don’t Fear the Color

Whether painting an entire room with a color, or following the trend of neutral walls and one colored accent wall, a hue is no longer taboo on the walls. Colon suggests picking up at least three different paint color samples and trying them out on a 3×3 ft square on the wall before committing to a gallon of paint. This way, the color can be seen at all hours of the day, which is important because light will reflect differently every hour and the best decision can be made.

Step 5: Mood Lighting

Stark white light is rarely flattering for a person nor a room. Match the lighting to the space based on the desired atmosphere; for example, Colon has used amber tinting lights in the dining room to create a warm and cozy glow for mealtimes.

Step 6: Remember the Memories

A home can be a travel journal of all the different places a family has visited. At each location, bring back something really personal or cultural. Stay away from the typical tourist fare. Decorating a room with items from around the world or around the country or even just around the state will tell a story of where the family has been and the possibilities for where it will go in the future.

Top 5 ways to Sell Your Home Faster and for More Money!

When your home is on the market, it becomes a product for sale and just like other products for sale, shoppers will be heavily weighing where to invest their hard-earned dollars. As they will be comparing your property with others, it is critical to be objective about anything in your home that they may perceive as a reason “not to buy”.

 

In a 2007 survey of over 2,000 Realtors, agents estimated that staging your home for better presentation yielded a 343% return on investment. Sure you can also lower your asking price instead but typically it is less costly to replace, update or clean the area and present a fresh new space.

 

Check out the dramatic changes you can make in 5 simple steps. 

 

#1 Leverage your homes attributes

 

Did you know that your property already contains things buyers are willing to pay more money for? Just like the bells and whistles on a sports car, these home features need to be showcased to their full potential so buyers can make their best and highest offer.

 

-         attractive curb appeal and yard

-         fireplaces

-         windows with views of mountains, water, skyline, nature, cityscapes

-         high ceilings

-         spacious rooms that feel luxurious

-         eat-in kitchen bars

-         updated or new features

 

Showcase these areas by drawing attention to them with pops of color and a clear line of sight to the area.

 

 

 

#2  Fix Potential Reasons Not to Buy

 

Repair, clean or replace the things that could deter a potential buyer from making an offer such as:

 

-         carpet that needs cleaning or replacing

-         outdated fixtures or flooring

-         chipped, scuffed or dark colored paint

-         anything in the home that is dirty or stained

-         deferred maintenance issues

 

#3 Show a Light, Bright and Spacious Home

 

Nothing sells faster than an environment that replicates a restful retreat from busy lives. You can create that feeling in your home by:

 

-         opening up all windows to let in as much light as possible

-         add plants to bring the “outdoors in”

-         lighten dark areas with no windows with lamp lighting – even during a daytime showing!

-         Showcase more space by removing excess furniture, anything being stored on the floor and eliminating countertop clutter. Remember my personal quote, “Expansive Feels Expensive!

 

#4 Depersonalize!!

 

Did you know that by removing some of the items in your home you can actually attract more buyers?

 

-         remove family photos that remind buyers that they are a visitor in someone else’s home rather than envisioning themselves in the space

-         remove personal collections that can make a space feel cluttered and un-relatable to buyers who have different tastes

-         tone down “extreme themes” with a little more of the mainstream to appeal to a broader scope of buyers

 

#5 Create a Designer Interior that sells 67% faster

 

You only have 1 chance to make a first impression. Potential buyers are looking to make one of the biggest investments of their lives and they are hoping to find the one gem within their budget that looks and feels as if they paid a fortune. Creating designer touches throughout the home will help you sell for more money. Things like:

 

-         a sophisticated, warm paint palette – if you will be painting anyway, you can create an expensive feeling with the right color paint in a neutral base.

-         creating warm and inviting seating areas that help buyers envision spending time with family and friends

-         utilizing accent colors sparingly and to draw attention features. Too much or too many colors make a space feel cluttered and not pulled together

-         remove outdated pieces of furniture to create a fresher look to the home

-         update kitchen and bath areas with simple, inexpensive changes such as new knobs, paint, new flooring, lighting or faucets.

 

Get paid to stage your home by increasing your return on investment by 343%. If you would like help creating an upscale, designer environment that will appeal to more buyers and sell your home for more money, consider hiring a professional stager. For more information, visit http://www.StyleMySpace.com