Some “Don’ts” and “Dos” for the Design Challenged

“What do home sellers want? To sell their house for the highest price in the least amount of time.

As statistics have shown, residential staging consistently provides sellers (and agents) with the competitive advantage. How do we do this? By “setting the scene” in ways that help prospective buyers emotionally connect with a home through color, furniture, and art. We also minimize property flaws and maximize strengths.”

Whether you are thinking of selling your home, or just simply
“re-designing” your home, here are some great tips from the fine folks at Rosichelli Design:

Rosichelli Design Do's and Don'ts

DON’T rely on overhead lighting as the sole source of lighting in your rooms – It’s unflattering and harsh. DO mix table and floor lamps for an even balance of light, and remember to install dimmers on overhead lighting and lamps.
 
DON’T worry about mixing periods and styles. DO buy pieces you love that are well designed and are a good example of whatever style they are. Well-designed pieces generally mix well together.
 
DON’T buy major pieces like sofas in trendy colors or prints. DO stick to basic neutrals for most of your larger pieces and use accent colors on smaller items that are easy to refresh, i.e. lampshades and throw pillows.
 
DON’T forget who you are.  DO consult your wardrobe before making color or pattern choices.  If you have nothing in a green stripe, you may not enjoy it as drapery, upholstery or wall finish.   A good designer can help you find your voice.
 
DON’T think that small spaces require only small furniture. DO play with scale and see how a substantial piece can lend a generous feel to a small room.
 
DON’T skimp on the things you touch the most. DO splurge on some beautiful fabric or door hardware, things that you feel on a regular basis.
 
DON’T use all low furniture in small rooms – it makes the walls too prominent and they feel closer.  DO mix a variety of heights.
 
DON’T miss the great variety of product available online, but DO try to source locally when possible and support your local economy!
 
DON’T think you have to spend a lot of money.  A $20 vase can look great on an expensive table, and a discount-outlet pillow can live right next to an expensive custom pillow.   DO embrace pieces that are well designed, regardless of price.
 
DON’T be seduced by a sale price.  It may seem like you’re saving money at the time but if it doesn’t work, then it’s not a good value.  DO consider consulting a designer.  Even a brief consultation can help you create an overall budget and plan to create a cohesive environment and save you money in the long run.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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