Whether you;re getting ready to sell or just want a quick pick-me-up, these decorating ticks- which can be done for under $1,000 - will turn your place from drab to fab!
1 - PAINT- It's no wonder painting is on the top three paybacks for resale value. A fresh coat makes any room or home look new and pristine. Try warm grey for a contemporary update, lighten up with a classic beige, or paint once wall a crisp - bold color for an accent wall!
2 - DEFINE YOUR COULOUR SCHEME - Choose a colour scheme and edit your things to work within it. Aim to have one or two main colours, or stick to a single colour family plus one accent colour to "pop". No eye for colour? Study a couple of home decor magazines for inspiration
3 - EDIT YOUR ACCESSORIES - Clear a room of everything except for the furniture, carpeting & curtains. After leaving it for a day or two, bring in accessories one at a time- either stuff you have of something new. Try throw cushions, a statement- making collection of vases( groups of three or five works best), or a piece of art. Don't add too much, and store the rest to rotate in later.
4 - REFRESH TIRED FURNISHINGS - Shampoo upholstery and carpeting. Reupholster a worn couch, or invest in slip covers. If there's a piece your really don't like, give it away and replace with something you love. Treat solid hardwood with furniture oil/ polish.
5 - REPLACE FIXTURES - FAUCETS & HANDLES - Updating kitchen and bathroom taps for a more contemporary design will make the whole room look better. Change cupboard pulls to brushed chrome/nickel. Cover door knobs to lever-style handles. For the best results use a consistent style throughout your home.
6 -LIGHT UP YOUR SURROUNDINGS - Throw a little light on the subject - your home - to instantly refresh it. You can illuminate dark corers for a warmer cheerier atmosphere. While recessed lighting is attractive, its also costly. To economize, add track lighting to hallways or bedrooms, scones in a vestibule, and new table and floor lamps in the living/dining room.
For more information on how to stage / redecorate your your home please contact the Home Sweet Home Team:
Home Sweet Home Team
CENTURY 21 THE PROFESSIONALS
#1, 4600 CROWCHILD TRAIL N.W.
CALGARY, AB T3A 2L6