Give yourself permission to move furniture, artwork and accessories among rooms on a whim. Just because you bought that armchair for the living room doesn't mean it won't look great anchoring a sitting area in your bedroom. And try perching a little-used dining-room table in front of a pretty window, top it with buffet lamps and other accessories, and press it into service as a beautiful writing desk or library table.
As seen on HGTV's Design On a Dime, this small, yet sophisticated eat-in kitchen offers a seamless look thanks to a crisp, clean paint job. Small pops of color, plus decorative bar stools, allow the neutral wood countertop and cabinets to really shine.
Having tile professionally painted can make a bathroom look brand new. And accessorizing can make buyers feel like they're in a spa. Put out items like rolled-up towels, decorative baskets and candles. It's a great way to create a polished look, and it doesn't cost much to do.
One of the things that make homes look so warm and welcoming is great lighting. To achieve this look, increase the wattage in your lamps and fixtures for a total of 100 watts per 50 square feet. Don't depend on just one or two fixtures per room – make sure you have three types of lighting: ambient (general or overhead), task (pendant, under-cabinet or reading) and accent (table and wall).
The most important thing you can do to prepare your home for sale is to get rid of clutter. Make a house rule that for every new item that comes in, an old one has to leave. One of the major contributors to a cluttered look is having too much furniture. When professional stagers descend on a home being prepped for market, they often whisk away as much as half the owner's furnishings, and the house looks much bigger for it. You don't have to whittle that drastically, but take a hard look at what you have and ask yourself what you can live without.
It's important that a dinner party centerpiece not block the view of guests on the other side of the table. Something tall and slender can still provide a dramatic effect without impeding conversation. Add tall blooming branches to a slender vase and surround with pebbles, marbles or sand to keep the branches in place.
If your home is like most, the art is hung in a high line encircling each room. Big mistake. Placing your pictures, paintings and prints in such stereotypical spots can render them almost invisible. Art displayed creatively makes it stand out and shows off your space. So break up that line and vary the patterning and grouping.
To make a room appear to be bigger than it is, paint it the same color as the adjacent room. If you have a small kitchen and dining room, a seamless look will make both rooms feel like one big space. And make a sunporch look bigger and more inviting by painting it green to reflect the color of nature. Another design trick: If you want to create the illusion of more space, paint the walls the same color as your drapery. It will give you a seamless and sophisticated look.
Make your kitchen feel more open and airy by substituting traditional closed cabinets with narrow floating shelves. The openness of these shelves helps to create a feeling of added space while making everything more accessible. Design by John Gidding
As seen on HGTV's Design On a Dime, giving your family room a fresh coat of sparkling white paint will make your whole house look cleaner and more contemporary. Accessories such a pictures, plants and the like offer some welcomed pops of color.
If you can't afford new cabinets, just get new doors and drawer fronts. Then paint everything to match and add new hardware. And instead of replacing the entire dishwasher, you may be able to get a new front panel. Check with the manufacturer to see if replacements are available for your model. If not, laminate paper, which goes on like contact paper, can be used to re-cover the existing panel.
A hidden Murphy bed makes this home office a convertible guest bedroom.
Nature takes a front seat in this living room. The pairing of floating wooden shelves next to the white trimmed fireplace and cream walls creates a beautiful palette in which plants and flowers can thrive. The floral rug and wicker chair add to the sunny disposition of the room. Design by John Gidding
Make the most of an awkward space by giving it function. As seen on HGTV's Design On a Dime, the slanted ceilings in this attic bedroom created a hideaway nook with no real purpose. By adding wall-to-wall shelves and a desk, the area was immediately turned into a private office. This new space adds value to the home and is a feature potential buyers are sure to remember.
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