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Small Refreshes to Enhance a Home

As we draw closer to the holiday season, you may be turning your attention toward hosting gatherings or decorating for the holidays.  Here are some small refresh ideas to change up your space and enhance your home for the season!

A Fresh Coat of Paint

Never underestimate a fresh coat of paint.  Even if it’s the same color as what you had previously, it will renew a space instantly.  If you’re looking for an updated paint color, think about the mood or feeling you want your space to exude and then go that direction with color.  If you’re needing the space to feel lighter and brighter, then a white or light greige is the way to go.  If you’re looking for a cozy, moody space, then it’s okay to go dark and rich in color.

One of our favorite light paint colors right now is Sherwin Williams Drift of Mist.  It has warm undertones, yet still falls in the light grey category.

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One of our favorite dark paint colors right now is Sherwin Williams Iron Ore.  It’s a soft black that won’t feel stark.  It has a depth to it with undertones of blue grey.

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Updated Light Fixtures

This is our favorite update after painting.  If sellers have the time and budget within their target listing price, we recommend changing a few key light fixtures.  Similarly, if you’re moving into a new home, updating some light fixtures to fit your personality and style can go a long way into making the house feel like yours.  Again, this does not have to be expensive.  Start looking at a Home Depot or Amazon.  If you want more unique options and are willing to spend more, check out Serena & Lily or Pottery Barn.  Some local stores that can assist you in choosing lighting are Southern Lights and Muska Lighting.

Pottery Barn

New Hardware

Cabinet hardware can really set a time stamp on your home style-wise, just like lighting can.  Changing hardware is super easy to do and doesn’t have to be expensive.  Big box hardware stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s carry numerous styles and finishes these days.  Then you can get really fancy with hardware from places like Rejuvenation or Restoration Hardware.  If you’re looking for the quickest yet easiest change, look for something the same size/shape as your previous hardware so you don’t have to fill any holes or make new ones.

Norfolk Kitchen and Bath

Move Your Furniture & Decor Around

Last but not least, try rearranging your furniture within a room or moving pieces to a different area of your house.  You’ll be surprised at how fresh your spaces feel – almost like you got new furniture.  One of our favorite tricks is to move living room pieces to a lower level family room and then you can focus on a few new items for the main level living room which is typically more used and important than the lower level area.  Throw pillows are a perfect example of this.  Move primary bedroom pillows to a kid or guest room and only refresh with new in the primary bedroom for a new feel everywhere.

Rooms With Style Staging

Happy Refreshing!

 

Using Wallpaper as a Design Element

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Wallpaper is all over the place these days and there are so many fun fresh patterns.  Plus with peel-and-stick, you can easily apply it yourself and not be tied to it for years to come.  Wallpaper is a very easy way to add some personality to your space.

Great spaces to try wallpaper for the first time are:

Powder Bathrooms: A small, safe place to do something different or bold!  This paper is from Rifle Paper Co.

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Primary Bedroom or Kids Bedroom: Less visitors in these rooms, so you can design more specifically to you or your children’s taste.

Photo credit: Thespruce.com

Laundry Room: Add some spunk to an ordinarily not-so-fun room.  Maybe you’ll enjoy doing laundry more!

Photo credit: Bria Hammel Interiors

Anywhere with bookshelves or open shelves: Try it just inside some open shelving for a peek of color or texture.

Photo credit: Decorpad.com

Great places to look for wallpaper are:

Good price point — Amazon + Home Depot + Etsy

Some of the prettiest, unique designs — SpoonflowerWallshoppe + Chasing Paper

Happy papering!

 

 

Light Up Your World!

I was working with a client a few days ago who had just purchased a new home. The home was built in 2000 and she wanted help in making decisions for updates. When buying a new home that is older, you may want to update a lot of things but financially you cannot do them all at once.

I was asked, ” what are the 2-3 things I can do to make the biggest impact for the money.” The answer was easy, especially in this home. Paint and lighting.

 

The home was built in 2000 and many of the features showed exactly what decade it was built. Burgundy and yellow paint colors, lighting with amber frosted globes.

 

Keep this in mind when buying a home as well as taking a hard look at your current home.

When purchasing a home, are the bones of the home great and you just need to make some cosmetic changes over time? Are there big updates needed to flooring, trim, or even opening walls that can be done later? Or maybe you just don’t want to tackle them at all and you want a pure move in ready home.

In your current, home has it been a while since you have updated things? Do you need to start considering making some changes that will make  your home more marketable when you are ready to sell, plus you can enjoy them now?

 

 

Even in homes I am working on to get ready to sell, paint and lighting bring the largest Return on Investment, the biggest bang for your buck. Use paint colors that are fresh and modern which right now is light paint colors. Make sure your light fixtures are current, making your home light and bright with updated light bulbs. These two things will bring an instant change!!

 

 

 

So light up your world by bringing in light and on trend paint colors and new light fixtures with bright bulbs and clear globes. Light up your world literally!!