How to Pick the Perfect Color Scheme for Home Interiors

How to Pick the Perfect Color Scheme for Home Interiors

Tips for Choosing a Color Scheme for Home Interiors

It is no longer fashionable to paint each room in the house a different color, so you should aim to pick a color scheme that will suit your entire home. However, it is important to make the right color choices, as this can help to enhance your home’s future value. It is a good idea to have a starting point before making any firm color decisions, and this can be anything from an old photograph to a favourite item of clothing. You may, on the other hand, prefer to have a specific theme in your home that is based on flowers, trees, beautiful sunsets, dramatic coastlines, or animals – the possibilities are endless! Once you have a good starting point, you should be well on your way to making the right color choices for your home.

We found a great tool on the Benjamin Moore website. It’s easy to use and let’s you select from a variety of room photos. Hopefully you can find one that is similar to yours. Then simply select any colors for the walls and trim so you can easily visualize how the combination will look in a room setting. There is also a version that will let you upload a photo of your room but you have to sign up and login to use it.

Using this tool is much easier than bringing home 20 little paint swatches and trying to visualize your room in that color. I’m sure we have have all been there. The color seems subtle on the little swatch and then you paint a whole wall and step back and say WOH instead WOW.

Try out this tool. It may save you some money and a couple of trips back to the paint store.

Benjamin Moore – Color a Room Tool
Benjamin Moore – Personal Color Viewer (Upload your own photos – Free but requires a sign-up)

Neutral colors

Color Scheme for HomeIt is always best to begin with a neutral shade before adding any other colors. Neutral shades are the building blocks of your home and help to lay the perfect foundations for bolder shades. Choose a neutral color that reflects the style of your home and can be used throughout the house. When choosing a color Scheme for home interiors, it is also important to make sure that your chosen colors blend well with the amount of light that comes into each room.

Consider undertones

When choosing colors, it is important to be aware of the fact that all paint colors have undertones. Undertones are virtually impossible to see in the paint tin, but an unwanted tone can completely ruin the appearance of a room – beige paint, for example, can often have visible pink undertones when used on the walls.

Start adding colors

Once you are happy with your chosen neutral color, you can begin adding more colors. If there is a particular color you want that isn’t available, you can always mix your own at the paint shop. However, before ploughing in and using any of your chosen colors on the walls of your home, make sure you prepare a large test area first. You may find it helpful to paint the colors on poster boards and hold them up to get a good idea of the look you want to achieve.

Begin to coordinate

You can begin to coordinate the look of your entire home through repetition. Begin by using one of your chosen paint colors, for instance orange, at least twice in the house. You can do this by painting the walls of one room in orange paint and then using an orange patterned wallpaper in another. Then repeat this process with your other chosen colors to bring everything together.

Think about lighting and sight lines

When choosing a range of accent colors for your home, it is important to consider how the hues will look when they are viewed from other rooms in your house. A combination of natural light and paint undertones can greatly affect the look you want to achieve. If a lot of the rooms in your home lack natural light, then it is best to keep the use of dark accent colors to a minimum.

Bring in soft furnishings

Once your paint colors are in place throughout your home, you can begin to bring in soft furnishings. Choose plain and/or patterned curtains, throws, cushions and rugs to blend in with your chosen color scheme. Wooden floors and rustic furniture can add a real touch of class to any room and can blend well with an array of different colours of wallpaper, paint, and fabrics.

Finishing touches

No room is complete without a few finishing touches. Consider vases filled with real or artificial flowers, plants, pictures, candles, memorabilia, and perhaps even a few souvenirs from your travels. Remember to consider the colour of each item you have and decide which room and position will suit it best.

When your home is finally complete, you will be able to appreciate the importance of picking the perfect colour scheme for home!


Also check out “Get A Wow Factor With These Small Living Room Ideas

 

Home Staging Tips to Get the Best Offer and Fast

Home Staging Tips to Get the Best Offer and Fast

Sell Your Home Faster With These Home Staging Tips

We all want to get the highest possible price when we sell our home. While some things like location and the economy are out of our control there are many things that we can do to ensure that we receive top dollar.

Without question, the most important thing is setting the right asking price. Your real estate agent can put comps together and help you with that. Once you figure out the current market value, you can make other strategic decisions. 

Beyond the setting the right price, the next most important thing is how your house is presented. That is the primary focus of this article and in fact you should not set the asking price of your home until you make some decisions about staging and presenting your home.

My wife and I have purchased and sold 12 homes so far so I speak from experience. They all sold very quickly and most 6 were above asking price. 

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Here is a perfect example of how important home staging is…

Our personal home staging case study

We owned a townhouse for 5 years in a development with about 60 town homes. We decided to list it for sale so we could move to another part of the city. Right at the same time, another identical house across the street was listed at $44K less than ours.

We listed our house at $279K and the one across the street listed at $235K. I was quite concerned at first but not for long. Our house sold for the asking price in about 10 days and the one across the street took nearly 4 months to sell. 

What was the difference? 

Visual appeal on the interior was the difference. The only upgrade we had was hardwood flooring in the living/dining room worth about $6,000. Other than that, they were the same house. 

Our house was beautifully decorated and theirs was very blasé and unappealing. I found it baffling that our house sold for that much more. Consider that once we took our things out of the house, the buyer was left with basically the same house that they could have purchased across the street and saved $44,000.

Personally, I would have taken the house across the street and put some effort into making it nicer inside with some flooring and paint and nice furniture. However, I quickly learned that not everyone thinks that way.

Love At First Sight

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The important point here is that making a great first impression is key to helping you get a fast offer for the best possible price. Any improvements you do that help make a great first impression or improve the “curb appeal” will increase the potential profit you will make.

It is a fact that well showcased houses sell 84 percent faster than those that are not.

First Impressions Last Forever

People make a very quick initial decision as to whether they like a house or not just based on a visual first impression. Number one on a list of home staging tips would be to get the curb appeal factor working for you right from the start. If buyers get a negative feeling, then you have to win them back with other features in the home. 

Make the exterior as beautiful as possible. Otherwise, they may try to use the un-pleasing exterior as leverage when they try to negotiate a price. That is of course assuming that they are interested enough to make an offer. 

You are probably already aware of the obvious things that need attention in your house. Maybe you have a broken railing on your front porch. You definitely want to fix anything that needs repair. 

Do the obvious things like cut the lawn, trim the bushes and clean up the garden. Any furniture that is outside should look new and sharp. 

New hardware and a fresh coat of paint on your front door are simple, inexpensive fixes go a long way in making a good overall impression. 

Let’s Go Inside

A little additional work can dramatically affect the length of time your house will stay on the market and the asking price that you can list it for. Many home buyers are just not interested in doing a lot of home improvements. 

If some buyers see that they will have to fix a whole bunch of things they may just take a pass on your house or they may start thinking about what other problems there might be that they can’t see.

If you impress them with a well maintained house, it might encourage them to choose your house rather than the one down the street. 

The good news is that many small enhancements that positively affect the value of your house, like a fresh coat of paint, aren’t that expensive. 

Your goal is to make your home as visually pleasing as possible so that you are not put into a weak position when it comes time to negotiate. If a buyer sees flaws, they will use that to bring down the price. 

Professional staging can sell a house.
When I look back at houses we’ve had staged and the houses we’ve shown without staging, the difference is incredible. Professional stagers know how to put in just the right furniture and decor to make buyers really see themselves living there. Staging is almost always worth the price.
@therealtarekelmoussa – HGTV Flip or Flop

Should you renovate?

If you have major issues or several minor issues, you might find that no offers are coming in. This can be stressful and the longer it takes to sell, the less likely you are going to get the price you really want.

If you’re considering a significant remodel project simply so that you can sell your house, you should be very careful as it may not provide more profit. If for example, you have a worn looking kitchen, you should do something about it. If you can make it more appealing with minor changes instead of a remodel then minor upgrades may be the answer. 

In one house that we had, the kitchen was not bad but there was ugly ceramic tile. It was in good shape but ugly so we bought some beautiful laminate flooring and layed it right over the tile. It took an afternoon and about $500 in materials. This was a lot easier and cheaper than ripping out the old ceramic tile and laying new tile.

The kitchen cabinets were in good shape but ordinary. We bought some beautiful handles on Amazon and the total cost was about $65. The kitchen was in full view from the front door so these inexpensive changes made a world of difference to the overall impression. 

Should you do a major remodel?

Keep in mind, there are no assurances that you would recuperate the costs of major remodel so make sure the cost vs return makes sense. Unless your home is in dire need of serious renovations, focus on making your home appealing, clean, nice and well maintained. Maybe leave it to the new owners to do their own customizations.

Before you start thinking about major renovations, remind yourself that you are enhancing your home to quickly sell it for the best price and your goal is to make it look enticing to buyers. Make it appealing to as broad a spectrum of possible purchasers as possible. Narrowing your target to a specific niche market might take longer to sell.

If you really feel that the kitchen or bathroom needs a remodel, get some estimates of the cost and talk to your real estate agent about how much more you could expect from the sale price. It should make the house sell faster but you’ll have to look at the numbers and decide whether a remodel would be worth the time and expense.

It is a fact that staged homes bring as much as 15 percent more revenue that those that are not.

 

The little things are a Big Deal

Tackle the projects are the most obvious like things that are broken. They tend to be simpler and generally cost the least. They are “must-do’s” because things that are broken are things that people know they will have to deal with and it also has a psychological effect. In the back of their mind, they may think “maybe there are more problems that I need to watch out for”. This puts you in a weaker position.

Try to make significant improvements to the overall look of your home. Think about various cosmetic methods for a general improvement, e.g. cleaning, painting, refinishing, and more. If you make wise decisions, certain enhancements that greatly enhance the appeal of your house will definitely improve the perceived value. 

Visual elements are important

Focus on things that are highly visible and enhance the overall impression of the house, like landscaping, brand-new floor covering or paint, rather than an insulation upgrade or anything that is not visible.

People purchase what they “see”. Their general impression of the home needs to be positive and get them visualizing their future right there in the house. Perceived problems will distract them from those feelings. 

The neighborhood is really important

When examining other houses in the area, make sure that your home meets the standards and doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb. The best makeover you can give your house is one that retains its original style. An upgraded façade can protect your house from structural damage and provides a beautifully maintained aesthetic. 

Make Buyers Say Wow!

As mentioned previously, staging your home and making a great first impression will make your home sell faster. Do what you can to give your home a WOW factor. If people walk into your house and say “wow”, you’re golden. You will have created desire and there’s a strong chance that will also feel that way and you just might get a handful of offers. 

Mistake: Ignoring your home’s exterior
“Simple touches like making sure the lawn is freshly cut, power-washing the driveway, or putting a few freshly potted plants on the front porch can make a big impact,” says Jo. “It’s all about reminding them that your house is cared for, so they won’t worry that you’re also ignoring what they can’t see.”
@joannagaines  – HGTV, Fixer Upper

How can I stage my house for free?

Many agents actually offer home staging as a service in their quoted commission rate. Know that you will likely pay a higher commission rate than if you take care of it yourself.

Check out these home staging before and afters from out Pinterest boards…

 

Here are some key home staging tips to make your house look it’s best and sell fast:

Crush the curb appeal

This is where it all starts. Potential buyers will often drive by your home first to decide whether it’s worth taking the time to take a look inside. Don’t lose them there, make sure it looks great from the outside. Here are the key things to take care of:

  • Power wash the exterior eavestroughs, siding and walkways
  • Place nice house numbers that are easy to see
  • Plant flowers and fresh greenery
  • Mow lawn, trim the shrubs – make the garden look it’s best
  • Wash the windows
  • Repaint or stain the front door and replace the door hardware
  • Place a brand new welcome mat
  • Any furniture that is outside should look new and sharp. 
Make your house sparkling clean

A great first impression starts with a clean & tidy house. This includes clean windows, flooring, counter tops, cupboards, baseboards, ceilings and fixtures. Everything needs to be clean. If the task is too big, hire a cleaning company to come in for a day. It won’t cost that much and it’s worth it.  

Clear the clutter

Don’t leave any of your personal stuff laying around. Also remove any visible personal photos. Replace personal photos with other artwork if necessary – it’s a well known negative distraction to home buyers. 

Make it fragrant

Unpleasant odors will turn buyers off. You should make sure that your home smells great. If you have pets, get any carpets cleaned. Oh, and don’t leave any dirty laundry laying around.

One effective way of creating a great smell is using scented candles. Be sure to get rid of any cooking smells unless it’s baked apple pie, that apparently works in your favour.  

Freshen up the paint

Fresh paint can make a big difference in the overall impression. New paint shows that you maintain the property. You should also fix any scratches, dents and wall holes while you’re at it.

Clear the closets

Everyone needs storage space. If you jam your closets with stuff, buyers may get the impression that there just isn’t enough storage space and take a pass on the property for that reason alone. You should remove excess things from the closets in order to create the impression that there is plenty of room.

Let there be light

When you have showings at your house, be sure to have your curtains drawn to let in natural light. Use natural light as much as possible. While electric lighting can be used to enhance the interior of your house, it can give a gloomy impression if there is no natural light.

Give your dining room table some style

You could set the dining room table beautifully. At the very least just clean it and add a nice centerpiece.

A summary of Home Staging Tips

Take these steps to create a great impression and you could put yourself in the ideal position – the one where you get multiple offers. Yes, we are talking about a bidding war. It’s the best place to be because you will probably get much more than your asking price!

If you do everything you can to make your house have a WOW factor when people come to your house then you are going to reap the rewards of your efforts.

It can be overwhelming so get some help if you need to. If you need help getting organized we created an ebook that has a comprehensive checklist you can use to stay organized. Just sign up below and you can download it right away.

I hope we have given you some inspiration to give your house a WOW factor.

Remember that by staging your home and making it as desirable as possible you will not only sell your home faster, you will also sell it at a high price.

Also check out: “Get A Wow Factor With These Small Living Room Ideas

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Beautiful Contemporary Fireplace Ideas for Your Inspiration

Beautiful Contemporary Fireplace Ideas for Your Inspiration

Looking for contemporary fireplace ideas?

Whether you love classic cozy fireplaces or prefer a minimalistic aesthetic, we have some inspiration for you. Here’s a collection of beautiful fireplace ideas including a whole bunch from our Pinterest Board at the end.

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Beautiful custom made fireplace/tv wall. When you have this much room in your living space why not take advantage of it and have all the elements you desire built into that area. Mounting the fireplace and tv on a marble or a quartz back drop is one luxurious aesthetic. In this case it’s an excellent choice as it blends beautifully with the white clean color scheme of the room. The bookshelves framed in dark wood with the dark wood backdrop behind the shelving is a stark contrast that works beautifully.

 

fireplace ideas This is the classic case of taking something old and making it new again. A very simple way to update a brick fireplace is adding a coat of paint, in this case a beautiful white color was chosen to keep in the monochromatic scheme. Placing the dark accessories on top of the mantle along with some greenery ads a modern touch. The black and white patterned hearth added another interesting element to the overall look. The two sconces on either side of the fireplace ads a beautiful dimension and balance.

 

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A dramatic offset balance to this modern shape wall unit is created by inserting an electric fireplace/tv to the center part of the unit and balanced with a desk to complete a multi media unit look. All elements have different looks to them but still create balance to the complete picture.

 

fireplace ideas Vaulted ceilings can be difficult to work with especially if you have odd shaped walls. This is a perfect example of using an odd space and yet creating balance as well as elegance. The beautiful trim around the bookcase, mantle, and side of wall brings it all together. The herringbone pattern on the fireplace adds a stunning texture to the overall look.

 

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A gorgeous rustic look that utilizes the height of the room. This amazing wood fireplace is an all time classic. The white mantle adds a hint of a modern look a well as a modern piece of art that ties together the black frame of the fireplace and the white mantle. Perfect for cozy nights!

 

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Bring on the drama! There are so many elements here that all compliment one another. The dark black walls are a perfect backdrop to display eye catching accessories that pop. Touches of white and gold are a beautiful contrast to the black making this aesthetically pleasing to the eye. The beautifully painted fireplace with all the contrasts such as the white frame and the black and gray stone framing the wood fire gives it a dramatic, inviting appeal.

fireplace ideas This gorgeous stone fireplace though maybe oddly placed in this room is tastefully accented with a complimentary sitting chair that gives it a cozy feeling. A charming way to balance a fireplace that may be placed in an odd corner.

 

fireplace ideas A classic looking fireplace/tv that adds elegance to this room. Tastefully done, simple yet dramatic. The contrasting wall color makes the cream color of the fireplace stand out just enough for just the right amount of dramatic contrast. Simple fireplace accessories bring beauty and elegance to this look.

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Can this get any cozier? Stone, wood and shiplap all combined together bring the outside indoors. The accessories placed above the mantle some shabby chic as well as the modern picture complete the coziness of this look.

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A gorgeous stone wall surrounded by the wood elements in the room brings elegance and a cohesiveness to the electric fireplace as the focal point in this picture. The floating mantle is a unique touch that creates balance between the tv and fireplace.

Here are some more Contemporary Fireplace ideas from our Pinterest Boards:

Room Decoration Planning in 8 Easy Steps

Room Decoration Planning in 8 Easy Steps

Do You Need To Decorate Your New Home?

Are You Wondering Where To Even Start?

It’s very exciting to take on a decorating project whether it’s a single room decoration or your entire new home but the very thought it can be daunting. You need to make the right decisions, the ones that will make you feel most comfortable and also proud of your home. Making bad decisions can be difficult to fix and costly so let’s talk about how we can make this go smoothly and hopefully stress-free.
 
Here are some 8 simple steps to help you get started with your room decoration project.

1. Make a Plan

The first thing you should consider when planning is whether you need to do any messy work like refinishing floors, tiling or painting. Try to get any of those types of projects done before you move in.

2. Pick a Budget

You may not be able to get the messy work done before you move in but at least you can figure out how much you will need to spend on them. Then you should decide how much you can spend on the furniture and other various decor items.

3. Choose a Style

Take some time to think about the over all feel and style that will make you comfortable. Once you choose the over all direction things will fall into place much easier.
 
Don’t start by going to a furniture store and buying your favourite sofa. This will set you on a path of trying to make everything else work around it.
 
Choose a style direction such as modern, traditional, eclectic, shabby chic or modern farmhouse etc.
 

4. Find Some Inspiration

Start searching around the web for inspiration. Go to Pinterest and Houzz and you will probably have more than enough t get you inspired. Narrow down specifically what you like and don’t like.
 
Start to price out some of the things you like so you can decide whether they are going to fit within your budget.
 

5. Time to Measure

This step is crucial. Measure the room dimensions for each room that you are planning to work on. Be sure to get the length, width and ceiling height. Then measure the size and position of any fixed items such windows, doors, stairs, fireplace or built-in cabinets etc.
 

6. Choose A Room

Now it’s time to focus on one room. Let’s pick the living room for example. Think about the things you definitely want in there. Will you be putting in an entertainment center? If so there are probably only 1 or 2 places it could go. Will it take up a whole wall or will it be something minimal?
 
Do you want a 3 seater sofa or maybe the room would suit a sectional. Would you like a couple of comfortable chairs or just small decorative chairs?
 
Make a list of all the things that you want to have in that room.
 

7. Make A Room Plan

Draw a Room Plan with a simple drawing of the shape of the room and draw in blocks to place your furniture and put in the measurements that you got in Step 3.
 
For best results, consider either using graph paper so that you can easily plan your room at scaled proportions or use one of the many free online room planning tools like http://www.planyourroom.com/
 
If you are planning to buy your furniture from a particular retailer like Ikea, Urban Barn, https://www.livingspaces.com/ they have free online room planners that make it very easy. They know their sizes so when you drag and drop furniture into your room plan, the size is at scale and you can easily move pieces around to see where they will fit best.
 

8. It’s time to go shopping

If you decided on the latter option and used one a retailer’s room planner, the items will be listed in the planner and you can see exactly what the cost will be. This is a great time saver and if you are happy with the choices and the cost, you’re done. You can place the order and have it delivered all without leaving home.
 
Chances are that you will be buying items form several different stores. You can determine the cost and availability online so you don’t make unnecessary trips. You could also place the order over the phone or if you want to see the items first, go and visit the store and purchase the items there.
 
This approach will help you stay organized, focused and less stressed. Repeat these steps for each room that you need to decorate and start enjoying your new home!
 
Basement Ideas That Your Family Will Love

Basement Ideas That Your Family Will Love

There are so many great basement ideas out there. Basements are often neglected ugly spaces that people just use to store their “extra stuff”. They throw stuff down there, shut the door and don’t give it a second thought.
 
There is a lot of potentially useful living space in your basement since it is usually the same size as the main floor.
 
Don’t waste all that space! Here are some basement ideas to help you convert that oversized storage space into a beautiful space you can enjoy.
 

Home Theater

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One main complaint that people have about basements is that they are dark which is due to the lack natural light.
 
The darkness can also work to your advantage if you use your basement as a home theater. In fact, with the low ceiling and low light in the basement is ideal for a home theater with surround sound and theater style seating.
 
Start with a large screen television and paint the walls a darker color. Carpet the floors and use as many soft surfaces as possible for sound absorption. Add seating, tables for your drinks and a popcorn maker and your done.
 

Art or Music studio

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Another fantastic idea for basements is an art or music studio. Basements can be partitioned into smaller sized rooms which is good for acoustics.
By producing a smaller room you are dampening the room acoustics which your neighbors will appreciate. Use acoustic grade insulation behind that walls and hang soft sound absorbing panels on the walls. If it’s going to be a music room you will also want to lay carpet for acoustic reasons.
basement art studio
 
Different types of lighting can be installed to suit your needs. Pot lights always look great in basements.
 
Hard flooring is the way to go for art studios. The flooring choice will depend a lot on what kind of art is being done but stick to water resistant flooring. Vinyl flooring, ceramic and porcelain tile are all good choices.
 

Home Office Basement Ideas

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The basement can be an ideal space for a home office. With the right lighting you will focus on your work and not think about the lack of natural light. Get a comfortable desk, seating, filing cabinets and nice artwork. Also include a coffee maker or anything else that will help to make this a distraction-free space. You will love going to work.
 

Home Gym

basement home gym

If you love working out, your basement may be the perfect space for the a fantastic home gym. You can do basic finishing on the basement walls and ceiling. Rubber floor tiles are a great option because they are ergonomically beneficial. They are also very easy to install.
 

Bedroom Basement Ideas

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Your basement may be your solution if you need another bedroom for your growing family or occasional guests. Get creative and design a beautiful extra bedroom. If you have the space it’s a good idea to also include a bathroom.
 

Playroom

basement Playroom

If you have young children you know they need room to play. Your basement could be an amazing playroom. You can make soft surfaces to keep them safe and fill the room with all their favourite things they like to do.
 

Small Apartment

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Your basement may have potential for a great extra income source. If you have a decent ceiling height and enough space, building an apartment in the basement is a fantastic investment. It’s the most expensive and complex basement option because you’ll need to add a kitchen and bathroom into the mix but the reward is also greater. You can have a steady extra income and when if you plan to sell your house, the value will be much higher.
 
Renovating a basement takes more than your average handyman skills. Consider hiring professionals to do all the complex tasks such as plumbing, framing and electrical wiring. Unless of course you already have these skills.
This article should help you get started and inspire some basement ideas to create a space that suits your needs. Once you decide what you will use your space for you can start planning how to get it done.

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