This lovely property is located on Tuckerman Street in a sought-after northwest neighborhood of Washington DC. The style of the house, the demographic of the potential new buyer and the renovation budget are many of the considerations we take into account when making renovation choices and preparing a house for sale. Given these understandings, we moved in a transitional direction, which is simply a mix of traditional style with contemporary (up to date) design.
The choices are abundant and detailed so we’ll start with one of the more general ones – wall color. Wall color is one of the most effective, impactful and least expensive choices that can be made when designing a home for sale. We humans are greatly affected by color and even more so when we are looking to buy a new home. Therefore, we chose a light, neutral color that would be most appealing to the widest range of buyers, while still giving the home a punch of style. After all, a home reflects a lifestyle and we all aspire to live a stylish, beautiful lifestyle.
Keeping colors light will make any room look and feel more spacious. Neutral colors will be appealing to more buyers. Neutral can be shades of beige, gray, greens and blues. Generally, potential buyers usually accept the idea they can paint a room their favorite color if it is already a neutral color. However, if a room is painted in a color that’s not neutral (for example a dark red, a bold blue or a bright purple), buyers can be turned off instantly because they cannot see past the existing color. They leave with the impression this is not the home for them. Keeping this concern in mind and knowing today’s trend is showcasing a stunning array of grays, we chose to wrap the entire home in Glidden’s warm shade of “Fossil Grey.”
This house already had hardwood floors in the living and dining room. Because the floors were in good condition, we kept them. Knowing we could match the wood perfectly, we added new hardwood floors in the kitchen. We could have used tile in the kitchen, but keeping the flooring the same throughout the entire main level gives the house continuity and makes it feel larger. It is also an upgrade, which this demographic would command. We chose the darker shade of stain because it’s rich, conceals any imperfections in the pre-existing hard wood floors and looks beautiful in contrast with the gray walls and white trim.
Studies indicate today’s homeowners are moving towards white cabinets and lighter counter-tops. Since this is a transitional home, we chose the clean lines of shaker style cabinetry and jeweled them with contemporary hardware, keeping consistent with the contemporary, clean lines. The same rules apply to the faucet – clean lines and contemporary design. Not all kitchens include a back splash. However, this is an opportunity to add another layer of style to your kitchen. And depending on where the home is located and its price point, a back splash may be a necessity for a profitable sale. It was in this case. Again, we kept it simple and used a more contemporary and sleek back splash, coordinating the colors with the wall paint, granite and cabinets. Although this is a small kitchen, all the elements are clean, simple and color coordinated, making it beautiful and inviting.
To keep the style of the house consistent, we applied the same rules from the kitchen to each bathroom. We went simple and classic, mixing the traditional with the clean lines of the contemporary. Again, the gray adorns the walls. The vanity is white with clean lines, the basket weave floors add a flair of the traditional while the rest of the bathroom is more contemporary. The same style of the kitchen backsplash is reflected in the shower walls. And, also like in the kitchen, the joining element is the color.
The End Result
By keeping decisions simple and mixing traditional style with contemporary design, we created a beautiful home, well suited to the type of family that would want to live in this DC neighborhood. These deliberate efforts happily resulted in a quick sale.
Tracy Kay Griffin is a member of Express Homebuyers Design Team. She was the Series Designer for HGTV’s “Get It Sold,” a Guest Designer for HGTV’s “My First Place” and the Lead Stager for Washington DC’s premier staging company, Red House Staging & Interiors.