2017 Pantone Color of the Year: Greenery

Yep, It is that time of year when the air gets crisp and cold, holidays are in full swing and Pantone reveals their color of the year!

What is the PANTONE Color of the Year?
“A symbolic color selection; a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our global culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.”~Pantone

This is the color that for the following year will take the lead and will dictate fashion whether home fashion or runway.

Pantone has chosen: “Greenery” a bright green, clean and crisp.

Pantone describes “Greenery” as “A refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings.”

In this high tech world we live in it is nice to get back to nature inspired colors. Adds warmth and freshness. Think of green apples, a meadow, trees.
“Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.
Greenery is nature’s neutral. The more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world. This shift is reflected by the proliferation of all things expressive of Greenery in daily lives through urban planning, architecture, lifestyle and design choices globally. A constant on the periphery, Greenery is now being pulled to the forefront – it is an omnipresent hue around the world.
A life-affirming shade, Greenery is also emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality.”~Pantone

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How to stay with current trends when they are not your favorite? Use it sparingly. Use it as an accent piece or small accessory, such as a vase , throw or pillow.

“Nature’s neutral, PANTONE Greenery is a versatile “trans-seasonal” shade that lends itself to many color combinations. As Greenery is paired with neutrals, brights, deeper shades, pastels, metallics and even the enduring presence of PANTONE Color of the Year 2016, Rose Quartz and Serenity. These palettes easily cross over fashion, beauty, product and graphic design applications.” pantone-color-swatches-fashion-color-report-fall-2017~Pantone

Check out Pantone.com for other color pairings.

Style My Space will be using “Greenery”as a fresh pop of color that will enhance any style. Here are some great ideas using this exciting shade of green.

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Choosing the right paint colors

Creating a great first impression is everything when selling your home. Buying a home is very emotional and though a potential buyer may have a long list of wants for their future abode those will pale in comparison to the feeling a buyer gets the first time he or she steps into your home.
Making sure that your home is appealing and appears up to date is a critical part of selling your home. One of the quickest ways to give your home a face-lift is a careful consideration of the color palette.  Think of your homes color palette as an important backdrop; it sets the stage for the furnishings and decorations that give rooms a clean updated feel. Paint is one of the easiest updates you can apply to your home but it is also one that causes many sellers and agents a like, a lot of headache. Picking the right paint color is imperative because the wrong color inside or out can turn clients off to the home.

So, How do you pick the right paint color?

First, please remember that this is not an interior design choice and should have nothing to do with your personal favorite colors. The goal here is to choose neutral colors that will appeal to the largest amount of potential buyers.  Neutral paint colors are restful, uncomplicated, and versatile. Below we have seven color suggestions that are light, neutral and (in our experience) work for making a home universally more appealing.

HC-173 Edgecomb Gray
By Benjamin Moore
This easy taupe-gray is gorgeous and neutral. It pairs amazing with bright white molding details!

read more on benjaminmoore.com
Edgecomb Gray
HC-173

2137-60 Grey Owl
By Benjamin Moore
“Gray is the new white” Gray Owl is always classy and light. It is a universal color that lets you play in the gray!
DEC752 Birchwood
By Dunn Edwards
Looking to bring some warmth into a large space? Larger room feeling too cold? Birchwood is here to save you! This creamy warm neural from Dunn Edwards Ranch/Modern Desert
collection brings a big punch of warmth to large spaces. It also looks gorgeous with classic white trim or with wood accents.

Read More on www.dunnedwards.com
DET648 White Picket Fence
By Dunn Edwards
Part of the Then and Now collection White Picket Fence is perfect for lofts, mid-century spaces and creating a clean contemporary back drop.

SW 7036 Accessible Beige
By Sherwin Williams
One of the most popular wall colors for flippers! Why you ask? Because it is a perfect creamy neutral that can stand on its own or pair perfectly with an accent wall.
SW 6204 Sea Salt
By Sherwin Williams
This beautiful green-gray is part of the Coastal Cool Collection and adds a touch of “spa” feel to bathrooms and laundry rooms with out going overboard. Every time I see it on a wall I think “this is the color of Zen”

SW 9173 Shiitake
By Sherwin Williams
Looking for a tan that looks and feels rich? Well Shiitake is a yummy neutral that adds a touch of class to any space! It is still light enough for smaller homes.

Bonus Color…

DEW394 Cascading White
By Dunn Edwards
Need a white? Well you are in luck! We recently went to a class at Dunn Edwards and found out that Cascading White is the most requested white that they have. It is the “new” white. It pairs so perfectly with Dunn Edwards Silver Fox (DE6289) that you can literally feel a wave of relaxation wash over you seeing them side-by-side. But of course it is white so it really pairs with everything.

Runners up…

SW 6105 Divine White By Sherwin Williams
HC – 170 Stonington Gray By Benjamin Moore
HC – 172 Revere Pewter By Benjamin Moore

What is the difference between Vintage and Antique?

What is the difference between Vintage and Antique? They both mean “OLD” right? Well, not so fast…

There are many new products being made with vintage in mind or being called “vintage” so how does one tell the difference? And just because it was new a couple of decades ago doesn’t mean it’s an antique either.

This article from ElleDecor Magazine will shed some light on this confusion:

Read More on www.elledecor.com

 

Pantone: 2016 Color(s) of the year

With Balance and tranquility, Pantone is offering a blending of two shades this year.

INTRODUCING ROSE QUARTZ & SERENITY

ROSE QUARTZ & SERENITY
PANTONE 13-1520 & PANTONE 15-3919
A softer take on color for 2016: For the first time, the blending of two shades – Rose Quartz and Serenity are chosen as the PANTONE Color of the Year
As consumers seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses, welcoming colors that psychologically fulfill our yearning for reassurance and security are becoming more prominent. Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.
The prevalent combination of Rose Quartz and Serenity also challenges traditional perceptions of color association.
In many parts of the world we are experiencing a gender blur as it relates to fashion, which has in turn impacted color trends throughout all other areas of design. This more unilateral approach to color is coinciding with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity, the consumer’s increased comfort with using color as a form of expression, a generation that has less concern about being typecast or judged and an open exchange of digital information that has opened our eyes to different approaches to color usage.
Lee_Eisemann Pantone Color of the Year 2016 ROSE QUARTZ & SERENITY

Beautiful balance of these two shades pair nicely with many other colors and textures.
PANTONE COLOR OF THE YEAR 2016 – Rose Quartz 13-1520 & Serenity 15-3919

http://www.pantone.com/color-of-the-year-2016

Style My Space Interior Design and Home Staging & Design Awarded Best Of Houzz 2016

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Los Angeles,United States, January 21, 2016 – Style My Space Interior Design and Home Staging of Los Angeles has won “Best Of Customer Service on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The 10-year old Design firm was chosen by the more than 35 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

Top Design Colors of 2013

Just like fashion, health claims, and the economy, colors follow trends. Each year brings new attention to a portion of the color wheel, and it is important to stay abreast of these trends as an interior designer.  After all, being trendy is highly valued by consumers and entire rooms are redecorated to reflect what is “in” versus what is rapidly becoming “out.” A major challenge in design is predicting the trends and recognizing what may become a classic and timeless design, and what will be dated before it is even finished being implemented in a design.

So what are the colors of 2013 and why were they chosen? Each color evokes its own mood, energy, feeling, and overall vibe intended to be played out throughout the year. They are a prediction of sorts, but whether the predictions are accurate has very little bearing on their popularity in the design world.

Pantene’s Emerald

Pantene is considered the leading color trend creator in all color-based industries: design, fashion, makeup, etc. For 2013 the Color of the Year is Emerald. Intended to represent liveliness, radiance, and lushness, Emerald brings elegance and a sense of luxury to a room. As for the intended feelings associated with Emerald? A sense of well being, harmony, and balance will supposedly follow utilizing this jeweled green.

Sherwin-Williams’ Aloe

Also a green—though a less vibrant shade—this Color of the Year softens the mood to simplistic prettiness. More mid-century modest rather than modern flashy, Aloe is intended to mimic its plant inspiration by soothing and calming a room’s energy. It also nicely complements neutrals and pastels, making it a versatile choice in the design scheme.

Benjamin Moore’s Lemon Sorbet

Lemon Sorbet’s selling point as a Color of the Year is its role as a “transitional” color. Benjamin Moore has predicted that 2014 will be the year of the pastels, and as such Lemon Sorbet is a perfect bridge from the current saturated color tones.  The color brightens an atmosphere without overloading the senses, akin to tea’s mild compared to coffee’s powerful dose of caffeine.

Color trends are fun to incorporate and really make a space feel trendy and fashionable. Even so, when designing a room, it is important to keep in mind that trends fade and the colors of today will be replaced a year from now. Thus it is a good tactic to use Colors of the Year primarily as accent pieces such as lamps, clocks, throw pillows, and such or as part of a more overall color scheme (for example Aloe lends itself well to pastel yellows, blues, and browns that can characterize a child’s room or nursery).  Knowing the color trends is exciting and inspiring, and integrating them into your designs will keep your work fresh and your clients happy.

Top 5 ways to Sell Your Home Faster and for More Money!

When your home is on the market, it becomes a product for sale and just like other products for sale, shoppers will be heavily weighing where to invest their hard-earned dollars. As they will be comparing your property with others, it is critical to be objective about anything in your home that they may perceive as a reason “not to buy”.

In a 2007 survey of over 2,000 Realtors, agents estimated that staging your home for better presentation yielded a 343% return on investment. Sure you can also lower your asking price instead but typically it is less costly to replace, update or clean the area and present a fresh new space.

Check out the dramatic changes you can make in 5 simple steps.

#1 Leverage your homes attributes

Did you know that your property already contains things buyers are willing to pay more money for? Just like the bells and whistles on a sports car, these home features need to be showcased to their full potential so buyers can make their best and highest offer.

–         attractive curb appeal and yard

–         fireplaces

–         windows with views of mountains, water, skyline, nature, cityscapes

–         high ceilings

–         spacious rooms that feel luxurious

–         eat-in kitchen bars

–         updated or new features

Showcase these areas by drawing attention to them with pops of color and a clear line of sight to the area

#2  Fix Potential Reasons Not to Buy

Repair, clean or replace the things that could deter a potential buyer from making an offer such as:

–         carpet that needs cleaning or replacing

–         outdated fixtures or flooring

–         chipped, scuffed or dark colored paint

–         anything in the home that is dirty or stained

–         deferred maintenance issues

#3 Show a Light, Bright and Spacious Home

Nothing sells faster than an environment that replicates a restful retreat from busy lives. You can create that feeling in your home by:

–         opening up all windows to let in as much light as possible

–         add plants to bring the “outdoors in”

–         lighten dark areas with no windows with lamp lighting – even during a daytime showing!

–         Showcase more space by removing excess furniture, anything being stored on the floor and eliminating countertop clutter. Remember my personal quote, “Expansive Feels Expensive!

#4 Depersonalize!!

Did you know that by removing some of the items in your home you can actually attract more buyers?

 

–         remove family photos that remind buyers that they are a visitor in someone else’s home rather than envisioning themselves in the space

–         remove personal collections that can make a space feel cluttered and un-relatable to buyers who have different tastes

–         tone down “extreme themes” with a little more of the mainstream to appeal to a broader scope of buyers

#5 Create a Designer Interior that sells 67% faster

You only have 1 chance to make a first impression. Potential buyers are looking to make one of the biggest investments of their lives and they are hoping to find the one gem within their budget that looks and feels as if they paid a fortune. Creating designer touches throughout the home will help you sell for more money. Things like:

 

–         a sophisticated, warm paint palette – if you will be painting anyway, you can create an expensive feeling with the right color paint in a neutral base.

–         creating warm and inviting seating areas that help buyers envision spending time with family and friends

–         utilizing accent colors sparingly and to draw attention features. Too much or too many colors make a space feel cluttered and not pulled together

–         remove outdated pieces of furniture to create a fresher look to the home

–         update kitchen and bath areas with simple, inexpensive changes such as new knobs, paint, new flooring, lighting or faucets.

 

Get paid to stage your home by increasing your return on investment by 343%. If you would like help creating an upscale, designer environment that will appeal to more buyers and sell your home for more money, consider hiring a professional stager. For more information, visit http://www.StyleMySpace.com

 

How to Save on Home Staging

Getting a house market ready does not have to be expensive, nor does it have to take a lot of work. Once your house is on the market it is no longer a home, it is a now product and you must present it as such. You have to make sure it is clean and organized and looking beautiful. Home buyers are looking for homes that are presented as a desirable product; therefore you want your house to standout above the rest.

Save time and think about hiring a professional to stage your house. It is the best investment when selling your property. Do not spend countless hours your time staging the home yourself. Professional Home Stagers have the years of experience and training to know what it takes to stage a home for it to look beautiful and for it to sell FAST. They have an arsenal of accessories and furnishings that will bring your home to life and give it the look and feel home buyers are looking for.

When staging your house, weather you decide to do it yourself or hire a pro, keep in mind you should save on space. You do not need to stage every room in the house. Keep it to a minimum and only stage the main living areas: Kitchen, Living room, Master Bedroom. Professional home stagers stage these rooms in such a way that allow the potential home buyers envision moving in their own belongings. This is key when your house in on the market!

If you are deciding to stage the house yourself you can save a lot of time and effort by saving your own furniture. If your furniture is still in good shape dress it up and move it around to create a focal point in the room. You don’t have to think about buying a rug if you have hardwood floors, s how off what you have, buyers love to see everything, especially wood floors.

Most of all save on time by doing your research. Find out if there is a Professional Home Stager in your area and ask for a quote. Look for ideas on the web for Home Staging Tips if you decide to stage the home yourself. For more Home Staging Tips you can follow our Blog right here at Style My Space.

 

3 ways to Brand Yourself with the Right Business Name

Your new business name – before you start

So a few things with choosing a business name that helps brand you quickly and bring in the bucks.

The 3 things you’ll want to remember

– Make it catchy, memorable and short like Style My Space

– Your name should SCREAM what you do very clearly like The Pet Sitters

– EVERYONE searches the internet for businesses these days. Chances are you will need a website. Make sure the dot com is available for your name without extra words, hyphens, underscores, etc. Even when your name is ebay, then ebay.com needs to be available. Who would remember to type in ebay_store.biz?

How to develop your new business name

If you will want to go into other segments of an industry, you will want to have a name that attracts that client base as well. I made the mistake when I launched my home staging and design business of naming myself Prepared to Sell Home Staging.

At the time, I didn’t realize I would want to eventually service other sectors of the market. When I reached that point in my business where I wanted to expand my services, I had to ask myself why I wasn’t getting any clients. It took me a while to realize that home owners that are not for sale but wanted to redesign their home or receive advice on remodeling their home wouldn’t call a designer whose business name was Prepared to Sell. And really, what does Prepared to Sell mean? I could have been teaching a sales class with a name like that.

So I decided I wasn’t doing myself any favors and changed my name to Style My Space which was not only costly, but confusing to my current clients and I feel like I lost some business along the way. Suffice to say, picking the perfect name from the beginning can be hard and time consuming but worth it in the end.

In hind sight, I have a few suggestions to picking a business name that is right for you.

First decide what you elements you want your business to portray. Is it fun, business”y” or sophisticated? Then determine what words are in alignment with the way you want your business name to feel and write them all down. Keep working with this list until you have a combination that rmeets the above requirements and rolls off the tongue.

The best name is a catchy name because it’s easy to remember, helps brand your business and should reflect what your business is about immediately without pigeon-holing you into one market segment. Don’t forget, the dot com needs to be available without any extra words, hyphens or underscores that no one will remember to type in. If you’re not on the first page of Google, at least if you have the dot com to a catchy name, some people who have met you in the past may still be able to find you even if they can’t find your business card. To see if a dot com is available, go to http://www.godaddy.com to search for available domain names.

Kim Kapellusch is the owner of Style My Space Home Staging & Design and currently teaches the Premier Home Staging Certification Course at The Academy of Home Staigng in Los Angeles. For more information, visit the sites at http://www.StyleMySpace.com and http://www.TheAcademyOfHomeStaging.com.

Kim Kapellusch
Home Staging Designer and Home Staging Certification Trainer
www.StyleMySpace.com
www.TheAcademyOfHomeStaging.com

How Designers can use Pinterest to help their business

Pinterest is no longer just for the everyday person who wants crafty decorating ideas for their home; it can be a highly beneficial tool for people interested in or already in the design field. For instance, Pinterest can be used to identify the trends that are circling around in the interior design world. Are kitchens moving more towards sleek modernism or back to rustic chic? The most commonly pinned posts can give you a general idea.

Use Pinterest as a source for inspiration for current projects. Pin the rooms and designs that you find interesting, innovative, and classic, essentially that fits whichever adjective you are in need of at the moment. Suddenly you have a whole internet source full of inspiration and jumping-off points for your imagination.

It is also important to note that the average client of a designer has probably used Pinterest. This means that your customer knows what is popular, possible, and frequently pinned. Doing your own pinning (or at least browsing through those of other interior designers) will keep you knowledgeable and on the same page with your clients.

Here are some suggestions for Pinterest designers with inspiring photos:

Modern and energy efficient: 361 Architecture of San Francisco, CA

Modern with a funky flair: Almost 40-Year Old Intern of Los Angeles, CA

Lots of Color: AphroChic of Philadelphia, PA; CasaBella Interiors of Brandon, MS; RoomFu Knockout Interiors of Austin, TX

Classic and simple: Kathleen DiPaolo of Newport Beach, CA; Danielle Murietta of North Tustin, CA; Brilliante Interiors of Vancouver, BC

Glam and luxe: Britany Simon of Phoenix, AZ; Emily Henderson of Los Angeles, CA; Erica Cook of Calgary, AB; Mrs. Lilien of San Diego, CA

These Pinterest interior designers are just the beginning of what is out there on the site for inspiration and knowledge of current trends. So make a profile and start following other interior designers to truly utilize all the resources at your disposal.

Stage Your Home for Viewing

Staging your home to attract buyers attention requires decorating, designing, organizing, and de-cluttering along with a Q-tip clean presentation. Organizing the cleaning tasks can be more manageable with the following checklist:

 

Starting Outside

The Yard

Cut and trim

Put away all lawn equipment, bikes, and toys

Remove all weeds, rocks, and debris from flowerbeds (and concrete cracks)

Wash the driveway and sidewalks

 

The Rest of the Outside

Trim bushes and trees

Patch any wood rot on the outside walls

Paint/repaint all fences, siding, house numbers, mailboxes, etc.

Repair or replace broken shingles and flashings

Clean out gutters, downspouts, siding, trim, and shutters

 

Move Inside

Kitchen

Clean backsplash

Clean inside kitchen cabinets (also a good excuse to multitask with some cleaning out kitchen cabinets)

Clean sinks and other reflective surfaces

Clean and keep all dishes put away every day

Clean kitchen exhaust fan, filters, and hoods

Clean oven, stovetop, and burners

Clean appliances

Clean all countertops and other surfaces

 

Bathroom

Clean floors, toilets, showers, and sinks

Polish mirrors

Clean backsplash

 

Other Rooms

Clean and polish light fixtures

Polish all woodwork

Deep clean carpets and wash floors

Clean baseboards and trim

Wash walls

Wash doors and doorjambs, especially in the house entryway

Clean all window screens and storm doors

For other suggestions on how to stage your home, visit our website for more downloadable documents here:
http://www.stylemyspace.com/realtor-information.asp
or call me for more information regarding staging services at:
Kim Kapellusch – 818.726.6429

3 Tips for Decorating Your Office for Home Staging

Office interior.The home office: The most cluttered and disorganized room in your house may tempt you to just close the door when showing around potential home buyers. You had the best of intentions when you converted that extra building into your office, but it rarely stayed clean and it was subjected to your ideas of organized chaos. But walk-throughs of your for-sale home are not going to avoid the office space just because it’s messy, they are going to view it anyway, and therefore it is up to you to stage it to best sell your house.

Furniture

Keep the furniture simple and ergonomically designed. Your desk, chair, computer, and keyboard should be positioned to look comfortable, but also functional. Keep the surfaces clutter-free by using organizers and proper storage systems. The craziness may work for your own time, but for your potential buyers it just looks messy and detracts from the overall quality of the room. Simple furniture and clear counters also highlight the size of the room, making a big room look even larger and a small room look spacious.

Lighting

Home buyers always look for sources of natural light, so enhance any windows with decorative window treatments. If the office doesn’t have any windows, install a source of overhead light. Add one or two other light sources such as floor lamps and a desk lamp near the computer.  Stores carry a variety of fixture styles, so make sure that the light fixtures tie in with the style of your furniture.

Wall Art

Filling empty wall space with family photos or artwork will add a personal touch to the office. But as with any wall décor, there is a balance. Arrange one or two pictures in a frame on the desk and then add a few to a long wall to break up any emptiness. Beware of overloading your side surfaces; a wall can become just as cluttered as a desk.

With a coordinating theme and style of decorating used consistently through the room, the home office can be a highlight of a house showing. But neglecting to put the same effort into the office as you put into the rest of the house can be detrimental to your possible offers.

What Is The Most Popular Furniture In Homes Today?

Furniture makes a home complete.  Furniture styles have evolved over the years as the demands of the buyers changed. Aside from that, home stagers are becoming more experimental with their style options, and this is seen by the types of furniture in their homes.  Below are some of the popular styles of furniture present in homes.
Traditional Style
This type of furniture has been around for ages. It is usually a combination of different designs from different parts of the world. Apart from that, they are made from toned woods such as cherry wood and mahogany. Most of them come with designs such as carvings, veneer and marquetry. In terms of fabric, the most common ones included damask, tapestry and jacquard. Some of the most popular traditional style of furniture includes Federalist, Queen Anne, Chippendale and Regency.
Country Furniture
Country furniture, also known as cottage furniture, this is a combination of different designs that comes with a rural touch and very inviting. Their main features include minimal adornment and simple lines. Some of them contain washed or pickled oak or pine, while others are incorporated with elements from iron and wicker. Most of the furniture comes in one color or they can combine two tones. The fabrics used in this type of furniture include cotton and linen with checks, stripes, and floral patterns. The outlook is usually comfortable yet casual.  Some designs that homeowners can consider include American Colonial, Italian, French and English.
Modern Furniture
The invention of the early 20th century paved way to modern furniture, which feature streamlined silhouettes.  This style of furniture is very popular because of their new sleek looks.  The designers have used new materials including tinted glass, steel, and plastics in combination with wood, both pale and dark. The fabrics used include leather and monochromatic upholstery.
Contemporary Furniture
Many people mistake contemporary furniture for modern furniture. However, they come with a variety of differences.  Contemporary styles are made to be convenient with the inclusion of variety of features such as drink holders in chairs or sofas.  The most common types of wood in this style are birch and maple, both dark and light. The contemporary styles feature upholstery with natural tones and texture such as silk, wool, leather, linen and cotton. Accessories such as pillows and rugs are a common aspect with this style and they feature vibrant colors and geometric patterns.
Eclectic Furniture style
For homeowners that are not interested in the typical styles of furniture, eclectic is the way to go.  This style allows them to combine the different styles to contrast or complement each other and other décor in the room. The secret is choosing the best combination to create a well-designed area.
Transitional Furniture
This style provides homeowners the chance to combine traditional designs with contemporary furnishings. This leads to a comfortable yet attractive style. This style comes with dark or warm wood but with minimal carving and ornamentation. The upholstery comes with solid colors and simple patterns, making them easy to coordinate.
While you can choose a single style, home stagers have the chance to customize the look of their designs with the guidance of the color schemes and existing décor.

4 Sales Enhancing Master Bedroom Home Staging Tips

Master bedrooms are one of the top decision factors for home buyers when choosing which home to make an offer on. Creating a master bedroom retreat appeals to the buyers senses and helps them form an emotional connection to the home. This means attractive and fresh bedding, no clutter, light and bright and an overall feeling that one could come into the space to relax and rejuvenate after a long day.

1. CREATE AN UPSCALE ENVIRONMENT
Every buyer aspires to own something they are proud of and that their family and friends would be impressed with. Producing this type of an experience in a home is easy with the right elements. To ascertain whether this is happening in your property, ask yourself objectively in each room if the space feels expensive and luxurious. Even in an entry level home, there are ways to create a feeling of luxury. In general, this means fresh and stylish pieces. Remove outdated pieces and replace with new. In a master, you just need a bed, fresh bedding, 2 night stands and some art at minimum, so even if all the pieces are outdated, start with new night stands which you can purchase, borrow from a friend or rent from your favorite stager Kim Kapellusch (818.726.6429). Add a nice lamp on each night stand (great deals at Home Goods or Marshalls if needed) and some fresh new bedding. Add artwork and you will have a master retreat that has buyers sold! Again, all these items can be rented from me if that is a better option.

2. COLOR
The color of the master bedroom should definitely be warm, peaceful and neutral. Colors like beige, brown and green or dark red as an accent color will feel comfortable for both men and women. Colors that are very feminine or masculine should be altered to appeal to both genders thereby generating the most interest possible.

3. DECOR
The idea behind creating a restful and spa-like master bedroom is to create that ‘wow’ factor in the buyers most intimate and personal space. Try to incorporate everything and make it blend together style-wise. Take out extra pieces to make the room feel as large and spacious as possible. Night stands should have a lamp and at most, 1 or 2 other decorative accessories. Put away phones, alarm clocks and functional items that are not in line with the restful theme. TV’s should not be visible in master bedrooms whenever possible. New bedding with fresh bed pillows is a must. If a home owner’s bedding needs an update, Ross has many great choices typically ranging between $49 – $79.

4. KEEP IT GENDER NEUTRAL
The furniture and accessories should not point to one gender. Things like the pillows, bedding, drapes and rugs should be neutral hence having designs and themes that are not too feminine or masculine. Having fluffy things and stuffed animals in a master will be biased as would sport items and icons. Being neutral is the key since we will want to appeal to both men and women.

Make Your Home Attractive With New Flooring

There are different types of flooring options available today. Vinyl was the commonly known option for its durability and affordability. In general it is considered to be very affordable and easy to install. They assist home owners to minimize on their budget of hiring contractors in that they allow self-performance. Vinyl is considered by experts most suitable for wet floors like the bathroom and kitchen. This is due to its non-absorbent characteristic that also makes it very easy to clean. It is less likely to fade from any exposure to direct sunlight.

Ceramic flooring has an advantage of added durability for a smaller cost. It is still very much in demand today. It gives your home a very beautiful look and it can last for decades if proper care is taken. Ceramic flooring is water proof and can be used on counter tops of floor tiles, indoors and also outdoors. It is mostly considered for outdoor because of the possibility of standing water. It makes it easy to clean dirt or mud from outside. This type of finishing is also commonly used in bathrooms as it gives a durable and attractive look. It comes in different styles and looks and makes it easy to fit in any room of the house. Ceramic flooring is also very easy to install, anyone can lay it if they follow the instructions.
Hardwood flooring has been around for centuries. This is because of their natural beauty and durability. Hardwood flooring adds value to your home and a lifetime of beauty. It is becoming very popular to use hardwood flooring in the kitchen and the rest of your home. It has a very classic look and works well with nearly any kind of décor. They can last for a very long time with minimal care and also offers a flexible installation option. Professional installation is however recommended for this kind of flooring but if you are experience enough you can do it on your own.

Bamboo flooring is very new in the flooring industry. It is actually not wood but grass and that makes it very environmental friendly. It can be harvested without killing trees. It is inexpensive to use and works well with any décor. Bamboo flooring is very stylish, durable and versatile. The unique variation of color comes from the carbonization of bamboo and gives it a dark brown honey like color and also light tan.
Laminate flooring is the best alternatives to hardwoods if you do not want to commit a lot of expenses and time to care for them. They have a four layer construction which makes them very durable. It is a popular choice due to their low on cost and also easy to install. Laminate flooring is practically resistant to scratches, chipping or burns and is best used on high traffic areas.
A home stager should help prepare your home for sale. The goal is to make the home attractive to the highest number potential buyers. Flooring of the house is important in this case and from the help of a home stager you should get tips on how to make the house attractive with minimal cost. A home stager should give you the different options of flooring’s and also the most preferred by many people. This makes the process of selling the house very easy.

Feng Shui Tips to Enhance Your Home Value

The feng shui of a home is determined by factors both inside and outside your house. With feng shui methods, one can give their home the look they desire. The value of a home can be seen through the first look of its surrounding. This gives your visitors the impression of how your home is. The feng shui methods will help bring life to your home and enhance your house and its surrounding. Below are ten tips of how you can use feng shui to improve the value of your home:

(1). Use of warm colors.
In feng shui methods and style, red, yellow and orange represent fire, warmth and masculine. The use of these colors accordingly on pillows, flow rugs and throws can help you give your house life and energy. Use of natural fabrics with vegetable dyes will help improve the feng shui energy of your home.

(2). Lighting systems.
Installation of full light bulbs in your lamps and lighting fixtures also improves the feng shui energy of your home. The full bulb lights are close to sunlight so they give your home the natural look and mood. Make sure to always open your windows to allow light into your house. The energy flow in your house will always be improved by the natural light.

(3). Use of evergreen plants.
Plant evergreen plants in large containers and place them in your hall ways and doorways. Also on the outside of your house, ensure you have planted evergreen plants. They give your home a natural look and fresh air circulation in your homes.

(4). Use of water elements.
Your backyard is very vital, and you can install water elements in it to improve your home value. Use table fountains and small desks and you can add small plants around it to enhance feng shui balance.

(5). Use of indoor plants.
To improve positive feng shui energy, place indoor plants on your windows, hallways and other parts to give your house a fresh look. Avoid placing plants near heating vents and make sure to choose plants that are easy to care for and do well indoors.

(6). Creating inviting entry ways.
Your entry ways give the first impression of your home/house. Make sure your entry ways are alive. The use of green plants should be well applied to give your visitors a good impression of your homes.

(7). Sticking doors and drawers.
Make sure that your doors and drawers open easily with fewer efforts used. Easily opened doors and drawers save your home energy by improving the accessibility to the rooms in your house and drawers.

(8). Clutter clearing.
Get rid of all those items you do not use in your home. It helps make your house spacious enough, giving easy light penetration and flow of air in your homes.

(9). House furniture position.
Ensure your chair is in a position for you to have a clear view of your door way. Preferably, have a view of all the door ways to your room. In your bedroom, your headboard should not be along the same wall with your door.

(10). Stovetop burners.
Use all your stovetop burners since they each represent an avenue of prosperity in your home. Overlay the bagua on your stovetop and pay attention to the feng shui trinity; your bedroom, bathroom and kitchen. These areas are important in matters concerning your health.

The use of feng shui methods will in a great way improve the value of your home. Plan well and apply the above tips to enhance the energy of your house. A home with great energy flow gives a great first impression and feeling to a potential visitor or home buyer.