Make the bed the focal point of the room -- large, comfortable, and on-trend. Geometric printslike this one from Jonathan Adler set the style for the entire room, worth the investment!
Granny Blankets. Quilts and flattened pillows are old fashioned. The quilts could be precious heirlooms or pricey modern quilts, but they still say stuck-in-time. Most buyers want to do business with people they aspire to be like. Quilt fanciers -- fairly or unfairly -- just don't rank as rock stars. Play it safe and pack up the quilts, replacing them with new, stylish duvets that look soft and inviting. And don't forget the plump bed pillows.
Obsolescence. Clunky electronics age a home. If you have analog televisions, a giant desktop computer, large audio speakers for your sound system, tape decks, and boom boxes for radios, buyers feel like they are walking into a time warp. This is true no matter what the demographics of your market. Today's electronics are sleek and small. It's better to have none at all, since the trend is towards personal and portable devices.
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|Color makes all the difference, both inside and out. Ann at One Sutton Place |
painted her red door blue for a breath of fresh air and an eye catching appearance.
The way to keep grey from feeling dreary is to keep it light, and warm up the room with whites and wood. And add some colorful accents.
Finishing Touches. Add pillows, lamps, and other accessories that reflect the latest trends. They needn't be top of the line originals. Knockoffs usually follow trends, so discount stores are handy places for accessories that make your home look fashionably young.
|Get a kicky new look for pennies at dollar and discount stores. You can dress up your|
closets, vanities, and bookshelves with color-coordinated boxes that hold essential clutter.
Need to bring yourself up to speed on what's in style? Pinterest boards will highlight trends, so pick some favorite boards to follow. Almost all my Pinterest boards illustrate good staging.
I also suggest Better Homes and Gardens for a mainstream American look, Pottery Barn for a young, sophisticated look, Traditional Home for an upscale look, Real Simple for clean and orderly ideas, Coastal Living for any waterfront property, and HGTV for design inspiration in general. You can also search Pinterest for specific item ideas, such as vases, DIY headboards, stepping stones, loveseats, or whatever.
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