Monthly archive - November 2017

Dress Up Your Living Room

Dress Up Your Living Room

With the holidays here, lots of friends and family coming to visit, this is a great time to refresh your living room. Re-styling a living room does not have to be expensive, and by adding a few new elements to existing can create a whole new feeling.

 

Elements to Consider

Sometimes by just changing your layout you can create a totally different feeling throughout the room. Pairing down some furniture also will give a more elegant feeling. Consider the main focal point in the room, is it a fireplace, maybe a drop-dead view; arrange the furniture to highlight that focal point. No focal point? Maybe create one by wallpapering one feature wall with a great pattern. By arranging the furniture around the focal point or in a friendly conversation arrangement the room can have totally different feeling.

Need a little more than just rearranging and editing furniture? Start with the flooring, as you would first when designing a room. Finding a new rug can change the feeling completely and warm up the space. Consider the dimensions of the room first to ensure you select the right size. Too small and the area will not look anchored, too big you will not be able to show off your wood floors. Trending rugs popular today are with bold or understated geometric pattern, subtle washed out colors, or bohemian style rugs that are playful and romantic at the same time. Similar to Persian style rugs but less traditional.

Next consider texture in your room. Add plump pillows to complement the colors in your rug. Consider various fabrics throughout the room like velvet, wool, tweed, sheepskin. The accessories you add will also contribute to the texture in the room. Style your coffee table and end tables with vases, plants, books or unique objects that complement the look you are achieving. These items are similar to when you get dressed up for a party, you put on your outfit but then add the shoes, tie, jewelry to create a total look; a room is similar. Layer the glamour on, but do it subtly to maintain the elegance you are going for.

styled living room with lots of accessories

Look to the walls. The color in a room can impact the ambiance of the room. A good rule of thumb is to consider a color from an element within the room. Look at your fireplace surround and the stone. What undertone does it have, that could be your starting point, maybe your new rug is a good inspiration point to find a color or the fabulous colors in a printed pillow. Take those clues and base your color from those elements. Maybe you want to go dark rich and bold, keep a balance of neutral throughout the room.

warm color on walls gives the room a cosy feeling

Adding simple drapes can also dress up a room. Consider simple panels that reach the floor on beautiful rods. Hang them closer to the ceiling to give the windows an illusion of being large. Decorative panels will not cover the window when closed but to give a feeling of opulence, consider doing two panels on each side to create the fullness if you are purchasing pre-made panels.

Art and lighting are also additional elements that can add a lavish feeling to your room. The height and size of the lamp can complement the décor to create a renewed feeling. Art can refresh the feeling of a room. Consider moving art around from other rooms to create a gallery wall that can become a focal point that is showy. Transforming and updating your living room does not need to be expensive. With a little cleverness using what you own, or only updating a few pieces, you can create an elegant space to entertain guest!

 

Other Good Reads:

Designing By Numbers

5 Decorating Elements to Make a Room Look Fantastic


White | Always Fresh and Clean

White | Always Fresh and Clean

White in 2016 was picked as the “color of the year” by paint companies. Simply White was Benjamin Moore’s pick, and Alabaster was Sherwin Williams pick. Moving into 2018 they are still popular.  They are popular because they are fresh and clean looking. Currently white kitchen cabinets are renovators number one choice. Subway tile in classic white laid in various patterns for backsplashes and bathrooms continue to trend on Pinterest and Instagram. Can white be a hard color for the average home owner to carry off well in a decorated room?

kitchen done in simply white

Not all whites are the same. The key to white is to choose a white that goes with other element in the room. Some whites are warm, others have a cooler undertone. With popular gray, the cooler whites were a nice complement. Now surfacing are greige tones that are bridging gray and the once popular beige, a warmer white would complement those. A few years back beige was the neutral that everyone was flocking to. Using white to complement either neutral is exquisite, but choosing the right undertone is key.

room done in alabaster white tone on tone

When using white as the main color on the walls, consider bringing in lots of texture. Texture can be from your accessories; think pillows, throws, baskets and rugs, keeping the palette neutral with a monochromatic feel with make for a stunning room. White is also beautiful with pops of bold color. Using colors from a rug, fabric, or painting and repeating throughout the room ties everything together. Using one of those bright colors in a softer tone can create a nice flow between rooms without having everything feel too stark and white.

White and light are an attraction that many buyers appreciate. Studies have proven that light rooms help fight depression and anxiety. A lighter room also has proven to increase productivity. White creates a feeling of spaciousness, but can be considered cold; that is why it is important to add texture to a room to give it a cozier feeling.

white bedroom with fireplace

Not big on the white wall idea; consider using white accessories. A darker room with a pop of white accessories is striking. Using these to balance the darkness in a room is a refreshing contrast. Again you can use these to add texture also to a room which gives it interest.

dark room with a pop of white accessories

Other Good Reads:

Can the Colors of Your House Affect Your Mood?

Best Room Colors to Sell Your House


2018 Color Trends To Watch

2018 Color Trends To Watch

havEvery year some colors in design stand out over others that make an impression. They seem to feel fresh, new, and spark interest. Paint companies predict color trends; globally color expert panels predict what they believe will be the new color trends. From their predictions colors begin to emerge in décor and you begin to see them as mainstream go to colors.

2018 paint colors have been announced from major paint manufactures.  In the Moment- Behr, a softer blue that is calming. Caliente- Benjamin Moore, a vibrant red that is exciting.  Oceanside- Sherwin Williams a blue green that is mysterious like the ocean itself.

2018 color trends

I find it takes a while for the “years” predicted colors to become more mainstream. It takes consumers a while to embrace them. These colors will be seen in decor, but consumers are identifing two other color trends in décor that have sparked my interest. I am seeing them used in more applications for home décor. Although these two colors had been chosen a few years back as “color of the year,” and they have had their place of “color of the year”  now more than before are showing up more on popular sites like Pinterest and Instagram.

At High Point; a design/decor show this past month, Dusty Pink tones (think Rose Quartz, Pantone’s 2016 color pick) continued to pop up over and over again. It’s featured in bedding, furniture and metals. It is showing up in metal in cooking items, and accessories for the home. The soft sheen is something new and attractive to be considered in the mix of a room.

Here is West Elm’s bedding. The soft feeling it conveys a relaxed but elegant feeling in a room. The color complements gray, navy and beige nicely. It almost is a neutral, subtle, innocuous.

dusty rose bedding

Eyes are always looking at metals to see where the popularity lies. Copper emerged big a few years ago and now the soft rose metals are popular and trending. If you are not ready to commit to the rose color or feel it is too feminine, this is a nice way to introduce it in your room.dusty pink bronze and leather credenza by BDDWAdd black, brown or gray along with the dusty rose to give it less of a femine feeling.

dusty rose rug

Emerald green is another color I see popping up in beautiful ways (Pantone’s color pick back in 2013). Velvet sofa’s are an emerging trend along with chairs. Again if this is too trendy of a color, consider accessories instead.

It’s a beautiful contrast against white, making a clear statement. Take a look at these designs to see how they have incorporated this rich color.

green sofas

 

House Beautiful gree accessories

The image above is from 2013, probably due to Pantone’s pick back then highlights accessories. This color is now popping up all over in home design

Consider this year’s trending colors, or the past now emerging colors, to refresh and renew any room in your home.

Other Good Reads:

Green- Inspirational Rooms

Seeing Red????


“The Voice” to Staging a Home | An Analogy

“The Voice” to Staging a Home | An Analogy

Is there an analogy between “The Voice” and Staging a home? Hear me out.

“The Voice”, if you are not familiar, is a reality competition show where vocalists compete for the top spot as a professional performer. They are singing against other equally talented singers.  These performers prepare extensively to achieve the coveted spot, luckily for them they receive coaching from superstar singers. Even if they do not accomplish gaining the top spot they are recognized for their talent.  Selling a home is not a reality show, but staging a home prior to putting it on the market with a professional home stager prepares the house to go on stage. The coaching and execution of staging gives the house a strong edge, to stand out as the best house the market.

Analogy between The Voice and Staging a house

Think of listing a house for market on the MLS; there are a lot for buyers looking at it along with every other house. A buyer will review pictures of listings at lightning speed; 6 seconds or less, until they see something that attracts them or draws them in.

What is it that will make a house stand out? What will make a buyer stop, look, and consider one house over another? The presentation; which is where staging comes in. A buyer wants to see value, they want to see a house in good repair, not something that needs paint, repairs, fixing up. Would the judges on “The Voice” select a singer that’s voice was out of tune? Probably not, they are selecting along with America the best voice.

When it is time to put your house on the market, how will you make your house stand out, and resound? Professional pictures are not enough. Taking the extra step to ensure everything is in good repair, rooms are merchandised properly, and the value/quality revealed, this is what peaks a buyers interest. Professional staging helps a house become noticeable over the competition. Careful consideration is made to make the house appealing to the market it is selling in. It is merchandised, perfecting the house to be desirable to buyers. This essential step is necessary to get a buyer to stop, look, and take the next step which is see the house.

before staging and after staging

Be on the top, above all the others, by using a professional stager. They will give you the edge to stand out in the sea of houses. One that buyers feel is of value, wanting to give a strong offer for.

Other Good Reads:

The Advantages of Staging

What, Why, When | Home Staging

Benefits of Staging Your Property