You’ve likely heard the recipe for selling a house faster and for more money includes neutralizing and de-personalizing it. However, that doesn’t mean painting every room beige, removing all your personal photos and leaving it at that!
After you’ve removed bold paint colors and favorite family photos, you need to figure out a way to bring color, life and energy into the space. The best way to accomplish this task is by artfully arranging colorful accessories throughout the entire home – including the kitchen and bathrooms!
You probably already have many beautiful objects throughout your home. Group a few of your favorite items together and see if they give you some inspiration or show you what your main color may be. When creating a model home, I attempt to use the same colors throughout the entire house. Of course, this approach is easy when you’re starting from scratch, but it may not be practical, affordable or possible when you’re working with what you already have on hand.
If you don’t find it practical or interesting to stick with one color throughout, attempt to at least keep the main living level with the same color palette. Keep the master bedroom and bathroom the same color palette and the basement all one color palette. The secondary bedrooms, which are often kids’ rooms, can differ, as can the hall bathroom.
How do you practically and logically accomplish creating this designer look in your home? Start with the living and dining room. Look at the artwork you have there. If, for example, your artwork has soft blues and greens as the main colors, perhaps you also have these colors in other decorative items you have around. Cream is another color that works well with blues and greens, so you can bring that into the blend too.
Picture the sofa with soft green and blue pillows that pick up this color from your artwork. Or a coffee table with a floral arrangement, some coffee table books and candles with these same colors sprinkled in them. Put a large blue or green vase on a console table that sits across from the sofa. And place a small object, such as a picture frame or a tray, on the sofa end tables. The idea is to bring balance and visual stimulation by interspersing these colors through the room. You’ll give the rooms a pulled-together, professionally designed appearance and elevate the appeal to home buyers.
Once your living room is finished, take this same technique and apply it to the adjoining rooms.
But what if your living room and dining room have the blue and green shades and your family room art and area rug are a different color, such as orange? You may have to work harder to combine those blues and greens with the orange tones, however, it’s not impossible. Perhaps you can go back to your living and dining areas and add a little touch of orange. Then it’ll work because your living and dining rooms are predominantly blue and green with a touch of orange and your family room is predominantly orange with a touch of blue and green.
Carry this formula into the other rooms of your home, co-mingling colors and giving your home a cohesive, pulled-together image. No matter if selling a house faster is the goal or you simply want to enhance your home for daily living, this simple color integration technique can bring your entire home more balance and beauty.
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.
When your house needs more than the incorporation of colorful accessories to make it ready for today’s home buyers, call Express Homebuyers at (877) 804-5252. We’ll give you a fast and fair cash offer on your house, even if it needs massive repairs or has been sitting on the market for months.