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Carroll Woman Magazine

Home is Where Your Heart Is

Mar 16, 2015 12:38PM

Vertical Stripes create a lot of distraction for the eye which in turn makes the space look smaller.

Easy decorating changes to make your house a home

By Jill Jackson Design & Consulting

No matter if you’ve been living in your home for ten months or ten years creating comfortable and inspiring surroundings that make your heart go pitter-patter is so important. Especially if you’re planning on selling your home in the future.  If you feel like your house needs a facelift then ten to one buyers will feel the same way. Make your home comfortable for you, so when and if you decide to list it future buyers will feel a little more at home. Whether you’re getting ready to sell your home or want a cost effective way to spruce it up for your own enjoyment, I’ve got five good strategies for you to consider.

Vertical Stripes create a lot of  distraction for the eye which in turn makes the space look smaller.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tip 1: Paint, Paint, and more Paint! This is one of the easiest most cost effective ways to improve your home. Freshly painted rooms look clean, and that alone will add value to your home. If you struggle with picking paint colors it can be more cost effective to hire a professional Color Consultant who can create a color palate for your space that will unite all the other elements in the room in such a way that the paint becomes more than just a color – it becomes an emotion in how comfortable you’ll feel in the room.  A Color Consultant will also get it done right the first time. There’s no running back and forth to the store wasting your gas, your money, and your time.

Changing the wall color from stripes to a neutral had a drastic impact on this hallway.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tip 2: Visually Improve the Square Footage in your Home. The more clutter, furniture and plain old stuff you have in a room, the more cramped it will feel. You want to make each room in your home feel larger. Replace heavy draperies with shades or shutters to help let the light in.  A bright and sunny room feels larger and more open.

Tip 3: Any kitchen Update Equals Added Value. Future buyers will most likely make a beeline for this room when they enter your home. So make sure it looks reasonably updated. For a few hundred dollars, you can switch out your old kitchen faucet, door handles, and light fixtures. If you have a larger budget, consider giving your cabinets a makeover by painting them.

Tip 4: Bathroom Updates Equal Big Value. Updating your bathroom is always a smart move even if you can’t afford a remodel. Little changes like updating the wall color can make a large impact, try a faux specialty paint finish to add instant glamour. Replace old fixtures, paint cabinets, and change out cabinet hardware. If your house has an old porcelain tub, that could use a facelift consider painting it, bathtub resurfacing kits are available in home improvement stores.

Tip 5: Keep up With Regular Maintenance and Repairs. Walk around your home with a pad and paper and make a list of all the little things that are in need of repair. Small repairs might not seem like much, but if every room has several the list can add up.

Any time you change your day-to-day environment it can be an emotional process.  You have a ton of decisions to make and problems to solve. There are few things more volatile than expenses in a relationship, and because décor is not always perceived as necessary, setting expectations ahead of time is critical. If you struggle with making décor decisions, please don’t hesitate to call a professional, often times we can help save you money.