Decorating your home in a way that seamlessly combines style and functionality can be challenging. Regardless of how expensive the furniture or decor is, sometimes our homes still seem to be missing “it” and fall short of the perfect rooms we see on HGTV.
One solution is hiring a professional home stager or re-designer to help rearrange your existing decor in a way that has more impact, making your home feel fresher and more modern. But if you’re not quite ready to have a professional come in, use these easy tips to add decorator style on your own.
Tips for Decorating Like a Pro
De-clutter. Many of us live with too much “stuff.” When you have a lot of “stuff,” you have more to clean, more to organize. In short, you create more work for yourself. Having less clutter also helps re-direct the focus in the room to the things you truly love and/or use. Whether you choose to donate, sell, or haul it to the trash, SIMPLIFY your surroundings.
Add life. As any one of my clients can testify, I am a BIG believer in the power of plants in the home, both for staging and redesign. Plants and other organic elements — twigs, shells, natural wreaths, even really convincing faux plants — add character and warmth to a room and create an emotional connection for home buyers and homeowners alike.
Neutralize…some things. Color has more impact when it’s used sparingly and not competing against other colors for attention. While it may sound boring, using shades of gray, white, or beige on the more permanent elements of your home, like sofas and walls, generally offers a lot more flexibility when it comes to decorating. Plus, it’s simpler and more cost-effective to add color with throw pillows, art, and other decor…and swap out those touches of color for something else when your tastes change.
Do you still need a little help getting your home “just right?” Three Bears Home Staging specializes in helping home sellers maximize what they already have to make their homes more marketable! Take a look at how we can help
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