Designing to Sell From Design Star Challenge 2

For their second Design Star Challenge, the remaining nine contestants split into three teams of three and were challenged to design rooms in a house that's been on the market for eight months!

  • This room suffers greatly from bad wallpaper, terra-cotta-look flooring and dark brown cabinetry. By painting the walls a more neutral color, Donna, Temple and David widen the kitchen's appeal to a greater range of buyers and update the look.
  • Rugs can be inexpensive and they add visual warmth to a space.
  • Brushed stainless steel, chrome or pewter hardware and accessories help make a traditional home slightly more transitional, updating it while broadening its appeal.
  • Use patterns sparingly. Homes with less clutter often do better when reselling, and by picking three different, busy fabrics to re-cover a portion of the sofa, the team added to the visual clutter.
  • Showcasing how seating can work efficiently and comfortably sets the stage for buyers.
  • In this room, painted walls with stripes of burgandy and cream would have been visually better than three small plates that seemingly float in space.
  • Painting the walls in this room was an obvious necessity to remove any trace of the "castle" mural while giving the room a fresh pick-me-up, it gives the room an airy and open feel.
  • The fireplace is a key selling point in this room as well as an attractive element.
  • The plywood squares in this room have a more distinctively "modern" feel that may potentially alienate buyers of a more traditional home. © 2010 Scripps Networks, L.L.C. All rights reserved
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