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.

Home Staging Tips for 2012

Home staging in 2012 is going to be both exciting and challenging.  Customers are becoming increasingly design savvy and are looking for more out of their own homes and potential buyers are expecting a lot from new purchases.  Respondents of a recent Better Homes & Gardens survey revealed that there is more emphasis being placed on the style of lighting, design contrasts and a preference for the utility look expanding from kitchens through to bathroom designs.  Home buyers are looking for energy efficient properties with smart design and outdoor-indoor flow.   Discerning buyers are recognizing that outdoor spaces as equally as important as the interior design.  Check out three of my staging tips and tricks for 2012.

Making the most of furnishings- 2012 interior design trends will favor seating that is much lower to the ground.  Home furniture manufactures are debuting chairs and sofas that offer lower seating arrangements than standard products.  Whilst this trend is growing, it’s also important to recognize that this is for all markets, especially not senior citizens.

There is also a growing trend to incorporate the industrial look into furnishings, not just kitchen and bathroom spaces.  With all shades of grey remaining favorable within interior design, it can be expected to see more yellow integrated into furniture to enhance this color pairing.  Also, rustic wooden furnishings will be popular this year.

Adding a splash of color- The accent color of 2012 is bright, bold and orange.  The Pantone Color Institute recommends the reddish orange Tangerine Tango to replace last year’s pink Honeysuckle.  This color has a lot of depth, being dramatic and simultaneously seductive and sophisticated.  It’s important to be conservative in the use of a vibrant color like this; otherwise it can overpower the surroundings.  Selecting patterned trimmings that incorporate this color will give an edge to pillows, bedspreads, or tabletop accessories.  For a more bold approach, painting an accent wall in a hallway, kitchen or entrance can create a dynamic burst of energy.

Enhancing the outdoor environment- While summer may seem far away, it isn’t too early to consider accentuating the outdoor environment.  More frequently buyers are looking for attractive outdoors spaces that can be used for relaxing and entertaining.  Staging with weatherized outdoor furniture is particularly appealing for 2012.  It’s also very import to set the scene.  For example, add wine glasses or coffee mugs to an attractive throw rug next to a lit outdoor fireplace; or strategically place outdoor plants and accent light to give a lush, welcome atmosphere.

These are just a few of the many ideas to consider for home staging in 2012. More you can find at the list of services from Kwikey Locksmith Services, INC.

Have you been thinking about a career in Home Staging?

Have you been thinking about making a career change lately?

Maybe you would like to be in charge of your own schedule doing something you love and being paid good money in exchange for your talents?

That’s how I felt a few years when two of my biggest clients announced they were moving on and I was to lose over 70% of my current income! Yikes - I needed to do something quick and whatever that was going to be, I knew it had to meet certain criteria:

1. It needed to be a business that took very little time and money to get up and running

2. In order to replace 70% of my income, it needed to be a lucrative choice

3. As long as I was starting over, I was hoping to find something I could be passionate about.

Pretty tough criteria to meet on all levels. I had always thought that the easy to train for, fun and desirable high paying fields were already saturated. Then I was introduced to home staging.

I must admit, when I was first considering home staging, there were some things that had me worried. I knew from watching all the televisions shows that I would love directing a design project from start to finish and watching the incredible difference in the before and afters. But I still wondered how much work would be out there and if I could really make a go of it. What if I put myself out there and no one ever called?

To my great relief – I had my first staging client within a couple weeks. Turns out, home staging has been around for over 30 years and is the #1 career poised for growth according to CNN and Career Builder.

Now I look forward to my work. Gone are the days that I yearned for something different or better. For me, the best part about being a home stager is solving a creative challenge that results in a complete visual transformation. It was easy to master this design skill set but I am always excited to realize that every project is different and I never get bored! As a side benefit,  I have helped hundreds of people sell their home faster and for more money and they are truly grateful for my services. (I also happen to be very fond of my boss for the first time in my life!)

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