Have you ever found yourself with no idea of where to begin whilst looking at a room that you wanted to decorate? This is a stumbling block that can sometimes prevent you from going ahead with the re-decoration process. What usually happens is that you don’t change anything – you simply keep what’s already in there or arrange it the same way it was before.
Styling or decorating a room can be challenged but don’t be afraid to start something that may be new to you. Here are some tried and tested steps to help guide you when decorating a room.
Determine the Function of the Room
What purpose will be the room serve? If it is a living space, you may want to use for watching TV, reading, working or entertaining. How many people will the space fit at any given time? The answer to this question will help you plan seating capacity and arrangement.
Identify What You Need
What are the pieces of furniture that you will need in order fulfil the function that you have decided for the space? These items could be a lounge suite, television, side tables or reading lamp.
Specify the Style of the Property
Know the style of the property and determine whether you want to use it as the guiding factor in the room. Does the décor have to match the property style or do you want to tone it down and make the décor the focal point?
Know Your Style
You don’t need to think hard for a label for yourself – are you country, modern or classic? What you need to know is what you like and what you don’t. Some people already know this but others need to time and some research to discover what they are partial to design-wise.
Figure Out What Stays and Goes
What things should remain in the space? This maybe a sentimental piece that you simply can’t let go of or a practical item that you don’t have the budget to replace at the moment. Working out what pieces you want to keep and let go will help ensure that they don’t stand out like a sore thumb in the new style or design of the space.
Consider the Colour Palette
As a general rule, colour should be considered last, except if you are sure of yourself with regards to colours. Avoid adding too much saturated colours to your walls and floors. Delay it until your new furnishings and accessories arrive. It will be easier for you to change the colours as your taste evolves through the seasons.
Blend Them All In
You purchased an item, maybe a rug cushion or lamp, and discovered that it doesn’t go with the existing space. To avoid this scenario from happening, compile pictures or cuttings of the pieces that you will be including in the space. Your sources can be the Internet, magazines or brochures. Put all the images in one file or a piece of cardboard. This will help you appreciate how the pieces interact with each other before you make a final decision.
It is also important to take note of the dimensions of each piece. The scale on the images may be different in person. To avoid buying a piece that is half the size of what you expected it to be, check the dimensions to ensure all pieces blend in together in terms of scale and proportion.
Happy de-cluttering, changing and decorating.
Annette Pinkerton - The Newcastle Agent who enables you to turn the key to where you want to be!
-The real estate mantra “Location, location, location,” doesn't only apply to the property itself it can also be used to ensure an effective home staging. How pieces of furniture and accessories are placed can easily make a room beautiful, appealing and elegant or downright dull, uncomfortable and even ugly. It could also greatly affect the outcome of a sale.
Why Location Matters
You can create the look and feel of a room by how you position the different furniture, furnishings and decorations in that room. An item can be stylish and expensive, but wrong placement can ruin the appearance of an entire room.
Proper placement, on the other hand, will have the opposite result. Even less-than attractive furniture placed correctly can dramatically transform a space in a beautiful and pleasing way.
How do you solve the placement puzzle? The key is balance. Ensure that the furniture and accessories make the space flow. This means the sizes are in proportion to the space and each pieces complement each other as well as the purpose of the space.
Tips to Consider
The Shape of a Room
A room with a good flow gives off positive impressions and provides flexibility. Identifying the shape of a room is the first step towards achieving a good flow. A room can be rectangle, long and narrow, square, L-shaped or angular.
In these photos, this very narrow L-shaped lounge and dining room was staged for maximum appeal by using the right sized furniture in the right areas to provide unobstructed flow. What shape is your room?
After a long search, have you found the right “one’? The ideal local real estate agent - neat dresser, on time and well-informed – to sell your home?
If you have and you have officially hired him/her, then prepare for the honeymoon stage to commence. But how do you establish and maintain a good relationship with your agent? Follow these tips:
We are all about an real estate agent’s trustworthiness, but we forget that trust is a two-way street. So it is also important not to break the trust of your agent on you.
Trust between client and agent should be there from the very start and should remain strong throughout the relationship.
Mutual respect is an important ingredient in having a “sweet” relationship with your real estate agent. The buying and selling process will run along smoothly if clients consider their agent a “trusted advisor.”
Don’t be a Control Freak
A good real estate agent listens to suggestions and is willing to include the client’s ideas into the advertising/marketing plan. However, clients should remember to let agents do what they know and what they are trained to do.
Call your Agent
Clients should phone their real estate agent – touching base with your agent is helpful especially if the marketing campaign has caught a snag.
Emails are popular and it is sufficient for minor issues, but these missives can be taken the wrong way because you can’t hear how it was said. Talking to your agent face to face or through phone is far more effective in certain situations.
Don’t be a Cheapskate
Expect your real estate agent to lose interest or feel unloved if you insist on your agent cutting down their commissions. Less commission could make agents rush the sale and put more pressure on you to accept low offers, instead of looking out for your interest to find the best buyer!
Agents work for free until their client’s home is sold. So if your agent performs excellently in marketing and selling your home, he/she deserves their commission.
Be On Time
Being punctual on all appointments with your real estate agent is simply common courtesy. If you can’t be present, never pull a no-show.
All relationships have their downs and this is when good listening skills can bring the relationship back on the right track. It is smart to listen to your real estate agent, even if what he/she is saying is bad or not what you want to hear. When your agent informs you that buyers are finding your price too high, don’t cover your ears, figuratively and literally, and get defensive. Hear what your agent is saying and work it out.
If you are buying a house, it is best to spill all to your real estate agent – what your requirements and limitations are – so you both don’t waste time.
Buyers tend to keep some things to themselves, such as how much they want to spend and the area where they want to buy. The agent can spend time searching for property in the price range only to learn in the end that the buyer has found and purchased in a higher price range or in a different location.
Annette Pinkerton is the Newcastle Real Estate Agent who enables you to turn the key to where you want to be!
So, what are you waiting for? Call her today 0418447856
The arrival of a baby is a momentous event in a young couple’s life. Aside from the couple making significant changes to their daily routine, they may also need to think about moving to a larger space.
A one-bedroom apartment or house maybe fine for the couple for now whilst the baby is still small, but space will eventually become a problem when the little tyke starts to crawl or walk. Upsizing is a practical solution to solve the space problem. Couples should consider buying property with enough land, so they can extend the house as the kids arrive.
Factors to Consider When Upsizing
There are several factors to consider when purchasing a bigger property, from the couple’s budget and proximity to primary and secondary schools to the number of children the couple agreed to have. It is also worth considering whether the property can grow as the number of children increases. The size of the backyard may also be a consideration, especially for families who are looking at having large family, pets or building a swimming pool in the future.
Another factor very important to would-be up-sizers is the proximity to the inner city. Couples, especially the younger ones, can go further out and purchase more land for less. But some prefer a property where the hip and happening is right at their doorstep.
Couples are also hesitant to consider going further out the suburbs because they have become used to the amenities of the inner city. They know the best places to eat, where to watch movies and where to go for coffee. They have friends and maybe relatives in the area, so moving not too far from those amenities and social networks is certainly a consideration.
Tips for Buying a Bigger Property
Here are tips that up-sizers should take note of:
Plan further down the road. Your house might be enough for your family now. But what about when the baby grows and more children come?
You have overcome one major obstacle in decorating your home if you know which colours bring a warm feel and which adds a cool feel.
The warm colour palette includes shades of red and yellow. They are cosy hues that give off warmth and will look great in big spaces because they add an intimate atmosphere to them. Cool colours, on the other hand, include blues and greens. The opposite of warm colours, they are typically associated with tranquil and quiet atmosphere. In general, cool tones can make a room appear large because they fade into the background.
Are There Rules?
People have access to plenty of design and colour principles that they can use for with colours. However, the spaces and colours we use are increasingly becoming more and more personal. In our quest to create a space that is uniquely our own, we are likely to veer away from long-standing rules on colour.
When we try to visualise warm and cool spaces we normally ask “Is it possible to blend warm and cool hues together in the same space, and if so, how? Sometimes you are able to pull it off without even recognising it. This is achieved by the hue and tone of the colours you are using.
How Are Colours Used Correctly?
Below are a few common colour combinations that show how warm and cool colours can look great together, and really transform a living space beautifully.
Mustards and blues. The warmth of yellow mustard and violet in counter with the cool tones of blue teal and steel can be compatible with an assortment of tones and saturations.
Corals and greens. You can create a beautiful, clean and unassuming vibe by mixing coral and greens.
Neutrals. Warm and cool neutrals when used correctly can never be boring as they can serve as lovely complements to one another. Combining them can create interest and
layers to a room.
Warm and cool neutrals should not be confused with punchy warm and cool colours. There are differences between the two, subtle though they are. Examine them carefully to discern the differences.
To determine what works and what doesn’t, don’t be afraid to experiment and use swatches of colours. It also helps to use resources, such as Pinterest, to find the style and look that appeals the most to you.
helps over 55's who are afraid of not having enough money for their retirement. She does this by selling their family home for a premium price using her proven marketing plans. Often her clients end up with more money than they expected allowing them to buy a new car or go on a dream holiday.