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10 Inexpensive Tips to Improve Your Curb Appeal

  1. Clean the outside of the house including shutters, driveway, walkway, and landing.
  2. Clean the gutters.
  3. Replace dead plants in the flower beds with new ones.
  4. Prune overgrown shrubs.
  5. Replace house numbers with more stylish ones, if necessary.
  6. Paint the mailbox.
  7. Change the outside light fixture. Lowe’s or Home Depot have many under $25.00 that will do the trick.
  8. Put away all hoses, tools and garden implements.
  9. Make your porch an extension of your living space. Create another room for potential buyers to envision themselves enjoying.
  10. Red flowers appeal to most people. They symbolize home, welcome and warmth.

For Agents – Sell More Homes with a Stager

This post is to help Real Estate agents offering some staging tips to sell more homes:

We are in the middle of this year and we are in full swing of our resolutions, written our business plans and now set about the hard work of incorporating them into our daily lives.

If one of the elements of your business plan is selling more homes (or selling homes lingering from 2009), one way to do that is by hiring a home stager.

Many of you have heard of home staging. Most know a little bit about it. But, how many of you actually know the basics of home staging and how to work with a stager as part of your team?

Seven Basics of Home Staging

  • Make a great first impression
  • Maximize space and eliminate clutter
  • Use light for an open, spacious felling
  • De-emphasize flaws
  • Make the home appealing to buyers with varied tastes
  • Create warmth
  • Update

Simple enough. Now that you know the basics, let’s look at the benefits of working with a home stager.

Benefits of Working With a Stager

During Your Listing Presentation
A Realtor or Home Builder who works with a home stager as part of their team understands that home staging is a value added tool and a market differentiator. Educate your sellers on the value of home staging. The listing presentation is the perfect time to do this.

Before a Showing
A staged home, when properly photographed and displayed on the Internet, will generate multiple showings. Research indicates as many as 80% of potential buyers begin their search online. Also, make sure that you prepare both your home interior as well as the exterior of the home. For example, if your exterior needs some maintenance, make sure to do it. After all, the exterior of the house will give the first impression to the potential buyer. In case your roof needs replacement or some fixes, call a roofer in your area or maybe a siding contractor close to you to handle the project as soon as possible.

During Showings
A staged home will show better than a non-staged home. The potential buyer is provided a clear vision for each room. The home is “move-in-ready” with no distractions.

After Showings
A staged home is remembered. Viewing home after home becomes tedious and exhausting to buyers. The features of a staged home will stand out and not be jumbled with all of the other homes potential buyers have seen.

Throughout the Listing Period
A staged home commonly sells more quickly and for higher price, thereby reducing the number of days on the market and the out of pocket costs to Realtors or Home Builders associated with their listings.

When the Offer Comes In
A staged home often sells for a higher price. Buyers are willing to pay more for a home that appears to be well maintained, tastefully arranged and functions for their needs.

Interior Decorating Colors

Interior decorating colors aren’t just for decorators. Paint is the great decorating equalizer. A gallon of ugly paint costs just as much as a gallon of pretty paint. You may not be able to afford the same furniture, floor plan, ceiling height and space that is found in home decor magazines and model homes. You can get the exact same color palette in an apartment or condo or on a small budget. Whether you are looking into online interior design as a budding professional or just someone who wants their home to look better you can transform your space with colors for interior decorating.

Theme Colors

Each decorating style has a set color palette. This allows you to transform basic pieces into a theme room with just a little paint and creativity. The theme color palette for each style is updated every few years. For instance, Southwest design no longer involves the peach and blue color palette of the 80’s.  Check out the Theme Color section of this site for decorating tips on every basic design style.

Room Color Schemes

A lavender room might work great in a bedroom but may turn your stomach in a kitchen or dining room. When painting and decorating you need to consider both your personal style, the function of the space and how to coordinate the colors throughout your home.  The Room Color Schemes section gives a room by room overhaul of the very best colors for each space and basic interior color design theory as well as the hottest trends. (Plus, the hottest trends you should pretend like you don’t see.)

 Material Colors

Paint is the easiest way to add color to a room. It does take some work, and at times cursing over a spilled gallon of paint on a new parquet floor, but overall it makes for a painless room transformation.

Paint is a way to experiment with color but you may find yourself afraid of choosing more expensive color options like flooring, tile, or even a new sofa color. Sure that cranberry carpet seemed like a great idea ten years ago but how do you decorate around the garish carpet now without replacing it? The Material Colors section discusses the latest trends in furniture and bathroom design so you can find a lasting style that won’t date your home.

Color Theory

I’m not a color scientist because there is no such title (Well, there wasn’t until I just made it up. Now I am a color scientist.) I have been an amateur artist and have made several big color mistakes in my own life (forest green walls, fluorescent teal walls). Since then I’ve learned how to yield a color wheel to create spaces that express my vibrant personality without having company run screaming out the door.

Interior Color Schemes

Interior color schemes are a little bit more complicated than just picking out a wall color. You’ll need to consider whether the tones are warm or cool. You can mix warm and cool tones together such as red wall colors and silver mirrors, but it’s going to create contrast. Stay away from basic color charts and palettes when making these decisions. Try cutting out some of your favorite paint colors and putting them next to each other to see if you like them or even pick colors out of magazines that you enjoy. They don’t even have to be decor magazines but it allows you to get interested in unique palettes instead of constantly being stuck with white trim and ceilings.

Best Interior Design Ideas

Romantic home interior design

When I think of romantic home interior design I picture in my mind some old furniture (19.century look), chandelier, canopy bed, flower patterns, a sprinkle of gold touch and for the big mess pink and pastel colors. So everything together doesn’t work its one big slush and to much of romantic touch in one place. Great challenge is creating modern home with modern elements of today combining them with romantic interior. That style updates contemporary design with old-world traditions of classic style.

Romantic home interior design is fresh and feminine. This style portray beauty, luxury, sensuality and comfort. It evokes dream-like state of tranquility. Romantic decor is graceful.

Color schemes:

Pick three to five colors. First start with neutral color that will be your main color and will be more than 50% of it. Use it on walls, floors and dominant furniture. Second color is for window treatments, floral arrangements, art and decorative pillows. Use this color from 20-30%. And third color is just a touch of it 10%. Use it on chandeliers, vases, lamps, scones and frames.

Modern chocolate brown, whit pink and white will make your room modern. Romantic home interior design will look nice in white, light gray and pink, with decorative floral pattern on accessories or  blue, white and beige combination. But any color combination will do. Because peoples ideas of romantic style are different.

Furniture:

To add that feel of romantic home interior design add an old-look chair, table or club table with craftsman touch. Other romantic home interior design idea is to combine old fashion appeal with new materials that look modern like leather couch, glas chair, metal coffee table. Use few pieces (1-2) of old look furniture in one room to make it work. If you want to create something yourself. Pick a piece of antique furniture and color it fun color. Most typical piece is luxurious canopy bed or old look make up table which will make great if you want to create this style in bedroom. Use it as focal point of room.

Accessories:

Create romantic home interior design with old looking accessories, old look picture frame, or mirror frame with swirly carvings. A chandelier with rich dripping crystals. Fresh roses in modern vases and decorative floral pillows.

Fabrics:

Fabrics that give room romantic look are sumptuous silk, luscious lace (canopi or ordinary bed decor), or vivacious velvet (pillows).

Mix, use imagination, combine old with modern to create your romantic home interior design

Color green

To continue series of color I choose green.

Characteristics and effects of green:

Color green has a calming effect on the nervous system. It is sedative and hypnotic color. It lowers blood pressure and expands the capillaries and we could even say that it allows us to calm the spirit. Color green is used as a means to calm the nerves, and to counteract insomnia and major depression.

Color green is color of nature and indicates flexibility of external circumstances, compassion and emotion. People who show excessive preference for green, are usually too easy in relation to life and for their failures usually blame others.

Psycho physiological effects of color green on people are the opposite effect of red. Therefore those who are especially dear to the green they don’t usually get particularly fast angry and are not very active. They are solid like nature itself and their power is growing slowly but surely and their friendly but firm spirit is practically impossible to suppress.

In use :

  • Green works good with wood tones
  • Combine color green with soft blue or purple and it also goes well with yellow, orange and red. But with red be careful to keep the tones similar in intensity.
  • Pale green with other pastel shades for retro look.
  • Black, white, neutral tones with mint green and rich green.
  • Mossy green wallpapers, iron chairs, fresh plants white kitchen will create a feel of English garden.
  • Apple green with white will make cheering and inviting entryway.
  • Use popular lime green, chartreuse, apple or any of brighter tones of color green to enliven dull rooms.
  • Most typical room to use color green is in bedroom or living areas because of greens’ calming nature.
  • Dark green colors are more masculine and would work in more formal space in the home or in office.
  • With vertical cream and green stripes counteract a low ceiling.

Tuscan interior design

Some time ago I was in Tuscany. Its really nice there. The greatest memory I have is when I drove across the landscape. And when you see through the window you see a painting or postcard, which are sold in stores. Hills with the houses on top. Around the house a nice promenade.  And when the sun goes down, landscape and sky changes color. Flowing orange, red and green and brown color coat cover the landscape and that awaken a sense of warmth and welcoming feeling. Then you can just watch and doing mental images. Tuscany is so beautiful.

All that warmth and inviting feeling you can create in your home. Tuscan interior design is very popular because of this sense that you get when you enter such home. It welcomes you and says: » Come, sit down and be comfortable.«  As maker of your home you want to have cozy feeling and a home where your personalities and interests are best reflected.  This old world look Tuscan interior design empowers your senses to feel calm, comforted and tranquil.

Here are some basic ideas about how to create Tuscan interior design:

  • Natural elements (stone, earth, light, water, fire) are essential elements in a Tuscan interior design. A stone fireplace or accent feature for focal point
  • Dark wood is used for benches, tables, hutches with little craftsman touch.
  • On floor must be hardwood or stone tile.
  • Imagine Tuscan landscape, a summer sunset, vineyards, golden fields, olive groves, accident stone walls. That can give you idea what kind of color to use. Golden crèmes, brown, olive green tones, vine hues, orange, red, yellow. Combine tree to five colors.
  • Also metal detailing like wrought iron or other metal accessories are key ingredients for successful Tuscan interior design. Find tables, chairs or romantic bed frame with decorative metal construction.
  • Fresh flowers will bring a touch of fields in your home.

Swedish interior design ideas

In last post I mentioned few interior design ideas, one of them was also Swedish interior style. This post is all about it.

Swedish interior is heavily influenced by the light and the weather of Scandinavia. Because of long dreary winters with early dusk and lack of natural light necessitated combined to create a need to bring the lightness indoors. That can give you the idea that anything pale, light, airy and minimal is in, that will give your apartment cheerful, elegant, calm and even warm on the darkest winter days.

Swedish interior design ideas tends to be designs for the people- so you will get an affordable look, that is very suitable for full-time living. This interior design ideas become very popular in recent times. This look combines refined elegance with a casual aged appearance that have universal appeal.

Swedish style is usually made in white rooms with classical time worn furniture, porcelain, natural floor and door and simple curtains.

Swedish interior design ideas:

  • Paint walls in pale tones of white, cream, soft yellow, pale pink, soft green and dove gray. That will give light and airy touch to your home.
  • You can use also red for fibbers, floral prints, wallpapers and blue that will reflect the feeling of clear fresh day.
  • For Swedish interior furniture you can use ladder back chairs, tables with nicely turned legs, floor clock, carved shelving this interior design ideas is called Gust avian designs. This style will add your home a touch of vintage nostalgia. This furniture is very interesting is called neo-classical furniture.
  • For more modern look choose more modern designing style. These interior design ideas are simple, classic, beautiful shapes and sweeping curves in furniture pieces. Wood is bleached or painted pale, white, cream, or any other light color.
  • Patterns are painted on white ground (floral, bows, ribbons, swags).
  • Wooden floors.
  • Accessories are light pale colors and kept on minimum, allowing open space.
  • Fresh flowers in clear glass vases bring color, freshens in room.
  • Use gold gilding for the gorgeous accent on accessories and furniture. A good choice for gold gilding would be picture or mirror framing .
  • Accessorizes apartment with porcelain dolls, figurines, etc.

Sticking with one style could be different in time, but with these interior design ideas you can not go wrong.

Orange color

Orange color is mixture of yellow and red. Red is associated with warmth and yellow with light. So it is combination of light and warmth and we can create nice and friendly climate in room. Orange color does not radiate so hot and sultry temperature as red and is not so sharply bright as yellow.

Orange color (and red) boost heart and does not influence on blood pressure. Although it works as emotional stimulant it can make you depress. Its presence can excite or calm. It also accelerates digestion therefore it is suitable for equipping restaurants.
Orange is closest to fire color and best illustrated the excitement, desire and delight. It is strong and healthy color of powerful, energetic and active people. Thats why it does not correspond to a specific taste and is the most popular among people belonging to primitive tribes and among children.

Some other meanings of orange color are:
Desire for relevance and significant activity. It connect with optimism, satisfaction, relief, spontaneity and delight. It is color of high aspiration. People who are especially inclined to orange color are usually proud and self-esteem, who do with their directness strong impression on others.

People who like orange color are sociable but their social skills are primarily an expression of their desire for success. Some of them have well-developed sense of music and crafts. With own vibrancy and inventiveness successfully overcome obstacles and can usually achieve what they want. They always find the reasons and justification for their procedures, which gives them considerable self-confidence, but often also limit their horizons. It is therefore desirable that they deal with their distinctive egocentrism and begin to consciously control it.

We fix the color orange with the female character and are characterized by the fact that they are popular especially among men. Indicate an effective presence and erotic conquest. The more reddish is orange color, much more strongly represented in it is an instinctive component.

In use:

  • Adding color to a room without a lot of natural light brighten the room and makes it feel larger.
  • If you are making your first steps into orange color select a few furnishings in a muted shades or add pops of the hue with accessories.
  • If you really want to show off a color combine it with its complementary hue.
  • Or combine it with yellow, hot pink and few whites and create a bright and warm atmosphere. For a neutral pallete lowers you can add a splash of orange and highlight focal points.

Modern home decor

Way of living and were we live are two most important themes in modern days. Were we live, our home, is significant place, here we eat, sleep, create, work So it is essential that you feel good, inspired, relaxed and comfortable, to work efficiently.

For nice modern home decor you can be very creative and use your imagination. Take time when you pick colors, shapes and lightning. We know various indoor styles. Look all styles and  select your favorite. Perhaps you like colors or you love the look of exotic, you can be minimalist or you just want to be elegant and inviting. Take time when you decide what modern home decor you like because if it is not in line with you expectation that will affect your living.

To create modern home decor study various inner design styles to develop your own style perspective. You can select specific design style or  you will produce your own personal style where you will feel vibrant and place will give you energy and flow.

Here are some different styles briefly described for your modern home decor:
 Tuscan style: is inspired by elements of nature like crumbling stone walls, marble flooring and sturdy hardwood furniture.
• Rustic decor: is casual, comfortable and massive wood furniture.
• Swedish style: cool , bright, sophisticated lots of white and pale elements to bring the lightness indoors.
• Romantic decor: is very feminine, soft pastel colors, chandeliers and bed canopy.
• Moroccan style: is full of mysterious elements, with mosaic products, vibrant colors and gentle lighting.
• Retro style:  it is more commonly used to describe home decor from 1950′s, 60′s and 70′s.

And many more. Later I will write article about each style and be more specific.

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