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Moving is an exciting event, but it can also be extremely stressful. You want to get the best price possible for your home, but in such a competitive real estate market, it can be tough to entice potential buyers. Fortunately, there are plenty of fast and affordable ways to make your home more attractive. By staging your home with some style and design tips, you can increase your “curb appeal” without having to break the bank first. Keep reading for five easy tips on staging a house for sale.
How to Style and Stage Your House to Sell Quickly
Do Some Deep Spring Cleaning
Let’s get the least fun tip out of the way first. If you want to get the best asking price possible, your home needs to look as pristine as possible, and like it or not, that means spring cleaning. Lots of it.
Are there toys, clothes, or cords on the floor? Is the paint on the walls faded or scuffed? Are the sinks stained or rusty? Could the shelves use a dusting? Are there any pet odors, or lingering smells? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you know what to do next.
Remember, your home doesn’t have to look sterile! A personal touch can be inviting, but it does need to feel tidy and fresh.
Broaden Your Home’s Appeal with Neutral Colors & Decor
A “neutral” color is a hue that can be mixed and matched with almost anything. Examples of neutral colors include beige, grey, taupe, white, eggshell, and soft blues or browns.
When it comes to ideas for staging a house for sale, it’s hard to go wrong with neutral colors. Neutral tones showcase the space’s versatility and help to give potential buyers ideas about how they could decorate. Another benefit of neutral tones is that they are unlikely to “turn off” potential buyers, which is a bigger risk with bold colors like red, purple, or orange.
Focus on the Flooring
It’s a major mistake to forget about flooring when staging and styling your home. After all, potential buyers know they can always repaint and redecorate, but they’ll be much less willing to tear out and redo floors that are worn, rotten, scratched, or stained.
Quality, durable flooring is a critical part of your home’s overall value. A home with clean, well-maintained flooring is more likely to sway buyers and get a higher price, especially with certain materials. For example, hardwood flooring tends to increase the sale value of just about any home, when varieties such as oak, cherry, or walnut are used
Show Off Closet & Storage Space
The beauty of storage space is that it appeals to every homebuyer, regardless of their age, family size, lifestyle, or interior design preferences. That means you should showcase the storage space in your home as much as possible, whether it’s a walk-in closet, a breakfast nook, lofted beds, or a cozy alcove under the stairs. Strategically placed accents, like vases of fresh flowers, can help draw the eye to storage areas you want to highlight.
Choose Home Decor Strategically
Remember our advice about choosing colors with broad appeal? The same idea applies to your art and decor. It’s a good idea to remove any objects that are too personal or that might distract buyers, focusing instead on generic decor like flowers, fruit bowls, books, and pillows. Your goal is to make the space feel like their home — not yours.
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Many furniture stores offer the option to buy matching bedroom sets. For example, you might see a pair of matching nightstands that not only match each other but have been coordinated to go with the bed frame and dresser, as well. While these pre-made sets can be cute to look at and easy to shop for, they can also feel a little generic, which might be a turn-off for certain homeowners.
If you’re looking for something that feels more eclectic or more personal, you’re better off hand-selecting individual pieces of furniture. But how do you know what to choose? Read on to learn tips for how to mix and match furniture in any room of your house.
Mix Up Furniture Textures in the Room
Compared to elements like light and color, texture doesn’t get enough credit for the role it plays in interior design. Put simply, “texture” refers to the way a surface looks or feels; for example, a rough, irregular popcorn ceiling versus a smooth tiled drop ceiling.
Anything from the furniture you use to the decorations you put up to the pillows on your bed or sofa can lend different textures to the room. Avoid matching textures completely, which can create a flat look, or matching none of them, which can look a little chaotic. Instead, try to strike a balance by featuring two or three different textures with a few objects that showcase each, such as plants, tapestries, or pieces of furniture.
Mix and Match Decor & Furniture Colors
Color coordination seems to overwhelm many homeowners. Fortunately, when you drill down to the basics, it’s actually not too complicated.
Think of it as a formula or a recipe for any room of your home, whether it’s the kitchen, the bedroom, or the bathroom, it’s usually a safe bet to follow these steps:
- Begin by choosing one neutral color (like taupe, grey, or beige).
- Add two brighter base colors (like blue, green, or purple).
- Layer on a handful of accent colors.
Since neutral colors are designed to pair with everything, the only colors you need to worry about coordinating are the brighter hues. For example, if your walls are pastel blue, consider decorations and furniture in hues like turquoise, navy, seafoam, or mint. Try to avoid bold combinations that will clash strongly, like red with green or purple with orange.
Coordinate Wood Flooring with Your Furniture
Customers often ask us how to match furniture to a wood floor. While there’s no “right” answer, one thing we recommend avoiding is to match all of the wood in the room, which creates a one-dimensional, repetitive look.
A better approach is to choose two or three styles you enjoy and mix them throughout the space. For example, if you have dark floors with a prominent grain, try a light wooden chair with a softer, less intense pattern. Remember to mix textures, too, combining rustic, weathered looks with smooth, polished products.
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When we think about design elements, most of us tend to focus on factors like color, space, and lighting. But while these are all definitely key to consider, there’s another, equally important style element that often goes overlooked: texture. If you’re not utilizing textures, you’re missing out on great opportunities to personalize and elevate the overall look and feel of your home. Fortunately, there’s a simple fix: just add texture into your space! Of course, that’s easier said than done if you’re on a tight schedule or budget. To help you get started, here are five of our favorite tips on how to decorate with texture.
How to Add and Mix Textures in Your Home Decor
Choose Furniture Carefully
The fabric and upholstery used on furniture can inject a dose of texture into any room. The same is true for furniture made from wood or natural materials. For example, rattan or velvet brings the ‘70s to mind, creating a boho look, while something like polished wood or chrome evokes stylish mid-century modern penthouses.
Use a Shag Carpet or Area Rug
Not only are shag carpets cozy and inviting, but they also have a choppy, funky texture that makes the whole room feel more dynamic.
Shag not really your thing? There are plenty of other options, too. Even if a rug is mostly flat and smooth to the touch, the fabric’s patterns or colors can create the illusion of texture, which may be just as effective. With thousands of styles to choose from, we can help you find the perfect area rugs or wall-to-wall carpeting for any room in your home.
Try Adding Plants & Greenery to Your Space
Plants bring life into any space — literally. They also make a fantastic design tool for adding texture into a room. From the smooth, sleek leaves of an aloe plant, the natural, organic look of dried flowers, or the feminine, ruffled blooms of carnations, there’s a plant for every personality. Just watch out for plants that could be harmful to pets or small children!
Incorporate Textiles into Your Room
A “textile” is simply any fabric made with synthetic (artificial) or natural materials. Examples of textiles include cotton, wool, silk, soft acrylics, and jute, which is similar to rope or burlap. You can feature a combination of different textiles in decor like tapestries, wall hangings, sheepskins, blankets, pillows, and area rugs.
Look for Other Textured Decor to Add to your Home
When it comes to finding textured decor, the sky’s the limit. There are countless types of decorative objects that can be heavily textured, whether they’re fluffy, coarse, beaded, nubby, quilted, or otherwise. Examples might include objects like books, paintings, placemats, vases, sculptures, decorative bowls, plant potters, hand towels, and even coasters for drinking glasses.
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Furniture and decorations are only a part of interior design. Before you start assembling tables or hanging up wall art, there’s another, even more fundamental style element to think about: color. Whether you’re making over the family vacation home, or just trying to make your apartment feel a little more beachy, coastal color schemes can go a long way toward bringing your design dreams to life.
Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about seaside color palette, and ways to incorporate them into your home. With these five beach house style tips, it’s a breeze to bring these coastal colors into your space successfully. The home flooring experts at Flooring America are here to help you make it happen.
Incorporating a Beach Color Palette into Interior Decor
Find or Create a Coastal Color Palette You Love
The first step to designing the right color scheme for your home is to decide what sort of colors you absolutely love — and which ones you can live without. Of course, there’s more than one beach house color palette to choose from.
The classic combination consists of a white shade (like ivory or eggshell), a neutral tone (such as grey or khaki), and a bright accent color (such as yellow), to be used more sparingly. Then, choose a core or theme color to act as the backbone and tie everything together. For decorating in a coastal style, design experts often recommend shades of blue (such as navy and robin’s egg). Pastels are also popular suggestions for decorating a coastal style house, like soft yellows, pinks, and purples.
Choose the Right Shade of White for your Coastal Color Scheme
Choosing a hue of white might sound a little bit silly or excessive; but believe it or not, subtle variations in white tones can greatly affect the feeling of a room. White shades range from “cool” (more blue or grey) to “warm” (more orange or yellow), so take the time to compare swatches and see how they impact your mood in the space.
Incorporate Neutral Colors into Your Color Scheme
Once you’ve settled on the right shade of white for your beach theme color palette, you need a few reliable neutrals. Neutrals might not seem exciting at first, but they’re actually a designer’s best friend. Thanks to their versatility, neutrals are almost always compatible with other style elements. Mix, match, or do a little bit of both — neutrals make it easy.
Decide on a Nautical Accent Color
On top of your “main” or “base” colors (like blue or your favorite pastel), you’re going to need an extra dash of color to liven the space and make standout items “pop.” When used sparingly, accent colors add a sense of depth and dynamism to each room. Try using a sea foam green or incorporating a bold coral into your color scheme to create a beachy vibe.
Design Tip #5: Tie Your Palette in with Beachy Decor
Once you’ve chosen your ideal beach paint color palette, there are countless ways to work it into your space: through flooring, decor, wall art, upholstery, blankets, pillows, or even display items, like art made from coral or driftwood. Items you already have in your home, such as books, candles, hand-towels, or vases, can be arranged to bring out color themes in the space.
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Choosing the right colors for one room can be daunting enough. Expand that mission to the whole house or apartment, and the task gets even more complicated. But don’t worry, Flooring America is here to help make sense of it all with some modern house color scheme ideas. Read more to learn about choosing colors for the inside of your house, including those colors throughout the space, and ways to get even more inspiration for your next home makeover project.
How to Choose & Include a Color Scheme for Your Home
Choosing a Color Scheme for Your Home
Choosing a color scheme for your house doesn’t have to be overly complicated, as long as you know where to begin. Start with objects that already inspire you and take color cues from there. Creating an online (or real-life) inspiration board can help you keep track of styles to try out. Instagram and Pinterest are great places to look, along with My Design Finder.
Including a Color Scheme Throughout Your Home
It’s easy to incorporate a color scheme throughout your house as long as you don’t get stuck in a creative rut. Instead of repeating the same arrangement in every room, mix up the ways you use color.
For example, if flowers and artwork form the accents in one room, use blankets and pillows to create them in another. If you used a neutral carpet in one room, try neutral furniture in the next. And remember, everyday objects like books, blankets, or even pairs of shoes can all be used to show color and express your personality.
House Color Scheme Ideas
There are three steps to finding great colors for your home: choosing the right paint undertones, learning to balance bright colors with neutrals, and getting the lighting perfect.
How to Choose the Perfect Undertones for Your Color Scheme
“Undertones” might sound fancy, but the idea is simple. All paint colors have subtle, underlying tones like cool or warm, pink or blue, and so on. These undertones give them a slightly different “look” on your wall than they have on the label or can.
Undertones are faint and can be hard to perceive until you choose the wrong one. Before you commit to repainting a room, test a few swatches of paint in a discreet area to see what sorts of undertones come out most prominently. If you aren’t happy with the finished look, you’ll know you need a slightly different shade.
Balance Your Colors by Choosing 2 Colors with 1 Neutral Shade
Neutral shades include grey, beige, olive, khaki, peach, and taupe. Choose one of these laid-back colors to offset and pair with a brighter partner, like blue, purple, green, or yellow.
Experiment with Different Lighting
Even the most beautiful colors can look a little bit drained or drab under the wrong lighting. The good news is, “quality” doesn’t have to mean “expensive.” Simply changing the color or thickness of your drapes might be enough to radically alter the way the whole room feels.
In general, try to avoid fluorescent lighting. Modern LEDs are energy-efficient and, thanks to improvements in technology, are now better than ever at mimicking the warm glow of incandescent bulbs.
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Sometimes, you don’t know what you want until you see it. That’s why we created My Design Finder, a free, easy-to-use tool that generates personalized design suggestions based on your feedback about your style preferences. Compare thousands of bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens, living rooms, dining rooms, and more, sorting by room type, floor type, and other settings. With just a few clicks, you can view countless examples of design ideas just for you. For even more ideas, check out our My Floor Style page, or browse our interior design blog.
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There’s nothing quite like a relaxing week at the shore — but you don’t have to live on the beach to bring coastal design style into your home. By incorporating coastal elements into your house or apartment, like pastel colors and nautical decor, you can capture that beachy feeling year ‘round (without having to worry about sunburn). Read on to learn about the elements of coastal style, get tips on choosing coastal-inspired furniture, and find out where to get even more interior design ideas.
What is Coastal Interior Design Style?
Elements of Coastal Decorating Style
Like any interior design style, the coastal style is distinguished by a few stand-out elements. But which coastal style are you talking about?
First, there’s the Mediterranean style. Characterized by vivid colors, plenty of terra cotta pottery, and the liberal use of wood accents, this style calls to mind the timeless, sun-drenched beaches of Greece.
Aiming for more of a Martha’s Vineyard or Cape Cod feel? Try the American coastal style instead. Elements of this style, which is also referred to as “Cottage Coastal,” include nautical decor like seashells and netting, airy materials like wicker and rattan, and soft, pastel hues like sky blue or lilac.
Last but not least, travel to the tropics with Tropical Coastal decor. Common features of this design style include fun, festive patterns, vibrant hues like yellow and lime, and tiki-themed decor.
Other Distinguishing Elements of Coastal Interior Design
Here a few other major elements of beach-inspired interior design to consider incorporating into your home:
- Furniture or decorations featuring trellis patterns
- Ocean-inspired decorations, like coral, driftwood, or sand dollars
- Translucent, gossamer drapes that let in plenty of air and light
- Wall art featuring seascapes and ocean views
- Waterproof flooring that can stand up to moisture, gritty sand, and seawater
What Are the Different Types of Coastal Furniture?
We’ve covered coastal decor and color; but what is coastal furniture? Again, the answer depends on which coastal style — American, Mediterranean, or Tropical — interests you. For example, Adirondack chairs are a classic fixture of the American Coastal style. Normally featured on lawns or porches, Adirondack chairs are perfect for cool summer nights enjoying good company. These chairs look to be made of wood (or a wood-look style of plastic) slats and come in a variety of colors ranging from bright white to soft grey, or more vibrant shades like red or blue.
Woven wicker or rattan chairs can deliver either a tropical or Mediterranean vibe. Rather, it’s the cushions, throw pillows, and surrounding decor that give them more of a taste of the tropics or the Baltic coast.
To give your wicker furniture a more tropical feel, opt for lighter rattan in white or tan. Add vibrant throws and cushions in bright, contrasting hues. Think turquoise and red, parrot green and lemon yellow, coral orange and bright blue. You can keep it tasteful with crisp solids, or go quirky and kitschy with fun tropical prints like hibiscus florals, palm fronds or trees, or pineapples.
That same wicker and rattan furniture can be given a Mediterranean makeover by opting for dark-to-medium brown wicker paired with neutral white or ivory cushions and accent throw pillows in a deep coastal blue or rich bronze that echoes colors you’d see on a Grecian vase. Statement pieces that look like they’ve been picked up from a Santorini street market, but could have just come from an affordable home goods store in your own hometown, can add character and an Old World coastal feel. Look for decorative vases or candle sconces that add to your aesthetic.
Remember, sometimes the best results come from mixing and matching different style elements. Experiment by combining coastal themes with other designs, like industrial or bohemian styles, to find the perfect blend. The style experts at Flooring America can help you customize any space to make your dream beach getaway a reality.
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