Real Estate and Design Tips
Living in the same home for over 10 years or buying a home that shows those years, can challenge homeowners on where to begin those updates. A good place to start may be the living room. A few simple changes in this room can make the most impact, with minimal time and budget. Can paint and window treatments really make that big of a difference? Let's look at this recent living room remodel for an example.
The homeowner was interested in updating her living room but wasn't sure where to start. The kitchen was newly remodeled within the year but the paint color wasn't changed. The hard wood flooring and furniture was staying, and also the current location of TV. The adjoining rooms were recently painted a gray/beige color and style was modern but rustic. The homeowner also wanted to include some of her coastal accessories and art.
The Plan: Bringing in more natural light is key with this space. There is a wall of windows facing the backyard, pool, and large pond. A lighter paint color will brighten any room, a hint of beige will add warmth, like Grecian Ivory by Sherwin Williams. It is a lighter shade then the adjoining rooms, so it keeps consistency throughout the home. Selecting a stone that goes from floor to ceiling will give height to the room, and blend with the built-ins. A new gas fireplace, the same width as TV, and the narrow size gives a modern, balanced look.
The Process: Professionals were called in for painting around kitchen cabinets and tall walls of the living room. A white stacked stone was chosen for the fireplace. The window treatments were removed, and the outside came inside. The view is so evident now. Amazing what simply changing paint color and removing window treatments can do for a space!
gina t graham
Home Staging and Redesign for Jacksonville, FL.
"Sometimes excellent is not a good enough word. I recommend Gina to everyone who is selling their home and for setting up the next home they buy." -Kit, staging client.