When selling your property – it pays to put on the buyer mindset. What is a buyer looking for? When they come to my house, what will make them want to live here? It doesn’t matter if your home is small and cozy or a palatial mansion. Buyers do NOT want the following.
1. The seller that stays home.
Why? They need to feel comfortable in the space, they need to imagine themselves living there. Eating in the kitchen, relaxing in the family room, watching the kids out of the kitchen window. They can’t do that with the seller on the other side of the wall. They generally get in and out of those houses the fastest. If they like the space, they will come back, if they come back and they really like the space then they may have some questions. But the buyer needs the emotional space to picture unpacking and moving in. Continue reading 5 BIGGEST turnoffs about your house.
“A Personal Sanctuary” was the design concept for this gorgeous master bedroom in last year’s Richmond Symphony Designer House in Richmond, Virginia designed by Gary Inman and Catherine Stanley of Glavé & Holmes Architecture, photographed here by Kip Dawkins. The designers envisioned a very serene space where the parents could escape the pressures of their lives and reconnect, rejuvenate, and perhaps share a romantic evening. I loved learning that the beautiful wall color (Benjamin Moore “Skyscraper”) was inspired by Matthew’s blue room in Downton Abbey! You can read all about the beautiful space here, and head on over to The Art of Fine Living–Gary Inman’s new blog, for even more design inspiration!
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Wall color – Benjamin Moore “Skyscraper” 765
Bed – Niermann Weeks
Bedding – Yves Delorme
Window treatment – F. Schumacher – Chinois Palais – Aquamarine
Table – McKinnon & Harris
Chairs – Moore Councill
Settee – Kindel Furniture
Dresser – Kindel Furniture
Vanity – fabricated by Vangarde Woodworks
Botanicals – Blackwell Botanicals
These gorgeous color trends couldn’t be more “right now.”
Photo by Eric Piasecki/OTTO
Coastal-Blue Dining Rooms
Formal dining rooms take a turn for the tropical with this happy-go-lucky hue, a whimsical alternative to the old faithful of dining room colors, navy. Dark accents—stained-wood chairs, black picture frames, touches of iron and jewel-toned upholstery—ground the playful shade, dialing up the drama of the overall look.
We love: Chappell Green from Farrow & Ball (don’t let the name fool you—it’s plenty blue!)
Photo by Nicole LaMotte
Black Living Rooms
Why, oh why are we so head-over-heels for black? Let us count the ways: It’s glamorous, striking, and just different enough. Its rock ‘n’ roll edginess is the perfect backdrop to a mind-blowing mix of materials from plush velvet to sleek glass, rustic wood to chic metal. And though it’s considered a cool (as opposed to warm) shade, it gives spaces a jewel-box level of intimacy and coziness.
At the end of the day (both literally and figuratively), your bedroom is your sanctuary, the place where, as soon as you stretch out on that bed, it’s all about relaxation and recharging. To achieve that tranquility? Hello, gray. Whether more mushroom, greige, or slate, it has practically become the defacto shade for bedrooms thanks to its calming nature and other-side-of-the-pillow cool. Not to mention that it’s gender neutral, so your hubby will totally be onboard.
It’s elementary, my dear: White floors + white walls + white cabinetry = an open and airy space, especially important in bathrooms that are short on square footage. The color signals crisp cleanliness (why do you think hotel towels are almost always white?) and lets you swap out your accessories as often as you’d like.
Get ready to see a lot more of these beauties. Wanting a twist on the traditional white or gray, tastemakers have recently spun the color wheel and landed on this rich shade of green-meets-blue-meets-gray. Flattering for all cabinet styles, it has never met a countertop it doesn’t play well with: Just imagine it against butcher block, copper, or marble.
In the words of the New Radicals, we just can’t get enough! This scribble-on, wipe-off wall color is nothing new, but it’s still having a major moment popping up in the rooms of stylish tots everywhere. In-the-know parents love it because it gives their budding Picassos a draw-on-the-walls safe zone (as opposed to crayon graffiti on your favorite wallpaper). Plus it’s a cool alternative to the age-old question of blue or pink.
Since your front door is the first thing guests spy when walking up to your house, it’s the perfect place to set a cheery, welcoming tone. Not wanting their abode to look exactly like all the other kids on the block, colorphiles have recently been embracing a mood-boosting yellow that pairs well with fresh greenery and black hardware.
Get ready to see Pantone’s Color of the Year 2015 everywhere. Due to its richness and fully saturated feel, we love it for smaller spaces where it won’t overwhelm, including reading nooks, accent walls, and powder rooms. Play up its heady tones with gilded accents and touches of animal print.
Pantone just announced that Marsala, a rich reddish brown hue, is next year’s must-have color. “It’s a color that’s equally as versatile on the body, in cosmetics or in the home, and that really makes it universal,” says Pantone Color Institute’s executive director, Leatrice Eiseman.
Pantone’s yearly picks can herald a marked presence of a color in fashion, beauty, housewares, home and industrial design and consumer packaging, though some years the influence is stronger than others.
Eiseman and her team travel the world to observe color at play. For Marsala, they see an accent wall in a living room or office, a swipe of eye shadow mixed with bronze for a metallic look, a throw pillow, the exterior of a car or a bit of jewelry evoking the 1950s.
There’s a natural earthiness to the shade, a full-boxiness like the cooking wine it is named for, without overpowering.
So how can you wear it? Pair it with a neutral tone, like navy or black, or try a complementary color, like mustard. Another way to indulge: Swipe it on your lips. “This color flatters the mouth’s natural pigments, so it works for everyone,” says beauty guru Bobbi Brown.
New Jersey-based Pantone, a subsidiary of X-rite, picks a new color every year