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Stop Wondering “How Can I Sell My House Fast?” Implement These Budget Friendly Ideas
My clients are always my best resource for learning new things in the design world. Listening to your heart and following your gut instincts will always get you where you want to go in life as well as in design. My client Anna is a great example of this concept. When she said “I want to sell my house fast,” I helped her stage two homes. I also staged three of her homes for living, so I know her quite well. She has an innate ability to mix the old with the new and to make inexpensive items look like a million bucks.
My most recent visit to her home was to help her with some finishing touches. It’s always fun to go to her house because I get to see what new things she’s added. She usually finds something whimsical, often from Home Goods. She had this home custom built. She picked out all of the finishes and fixtures along with all of the paint colors herself. She followed her heart and mixed and matched all the finishes throughout the home.
Anna chose oiled bronze for the door knobs, door hinges, door stops and window treatment hardware. But then she mixed it up by intermingling her finishes for the light fixtures. Additionally, she made them pop by making the fixtures pieces of art as well as a source for lighting.
She stayed consistent with the finishes in each of the bathrooms. For example, she used all chrome in her master bathroom but switched to nickel for her daughters’ bathrooms and used oiled bronze in her son’s room and her guest powder room. I don’t recommend mixing and matching metals that way, but Anna pulled it off beautifully! She was able to accomplish this feat by keeping some elements the same throughout, which helped ground her home.
Anna carries her desire for variety into her furnishings as well. One would think with such variety, that a novice could miss the mark. However, Anna hit the nail on the head with every decision made. Again, she carried an element from one room through to another. The rooms on the main level all share the same accent color of orange. Sprinkling the same accent color throughout adjoining rooms is one of the easiest tricks you can use to give your home a cohesive, designer look. Anna took her cue from an orange bench her husband had bought for her. She incorporated that color throughout the adjoining rooms with throw pillows, art, flowers and trays. She even found an awesome sideboard with orange accents, taking her concept to a whole new level.
The biggest surprise was to see what I thought were gorgeous new furnishings only to learn that these were actually old furnishings she had painted. She did not go through a lot of effort either. She simply threw her canvas drop cloth in the room where the furnishings lived and painted them with the same flat paint used on her walls. Once the paint was dry, she took a piece of sand paper and aged them. The outcome was incredible! She saved thousands of dollars on furniture and created a stunning look for her new home all at the same time.
You’ve heard it before, necessity is the mother of invention. Anna smartly relied on trusting her gut to pull her home together on a very tight budget. If she can do it, you can too! Simply implement these ideas when you’re wondering “how can I sell my house fast?”
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.