Home Decorating and Staging
Insider Secrets to a Beautiful Home
Cottage Home Budget Makeover
Cottage Home Budget Makeover
Sam and Amy owned a cottage home in
Edgewater, (a quaint community just west of Denver) recently discovered by young families who want to be close to the Highlands without the associated price tag.
Although Sam and Amy loved their little
house, what they really wanted was a home in the country. And they
were willing to live with relatives for a while so they could save some
Amy, an artist, thrives on color and painted every room in their
home a different one. The living room was lemon yellow, the kitchen was peacock blue and the bedroom had a scarlet accent wall. It was charming, and perfect for them. But would buyers love it or be put off by that much color?
it more marketable, we needed to tone it down and paint the walls a neutral shade. Amy and Sam were motivated to get the highest price they could for their
cottage home, so they bought the paint and went to work.
Living Room Before
Living Room After
- Walls were painted Sherwin Williams Lightweight Beige.
- Love seat and chair switched places to put the
largest piece on the biggest wall, the one that's visible when you first
enter the room (see why in
- A lot of extra stuff was moved out, including the TV. If you
want to sell a small home make it feel big!
- Now the buyer can see what they're buying, a seemingly spacious room with pretty windows and gleaming wood floors.
- Walls (which were previously peacock blue) were primed and painted SW Lightweight Beige like the rest of the house.
- All extra kitchen stuff was packed.
- Two small plants show off the cute shelves.
- Red placemat and terracotta pitcher continue the red accent color and provide interest in this small
- To help the buyer see the possibilities in this tiny space, they had to do some serious packing.
- Only the computer and a few items are left on the desk.
- Book shelf is artfully arranged.
- One red candle provides the accent color.
- The wall behind the bed (which was previously scarlet) was primed and also painted SW Lightweight Beige.
- A large framed mirror stands in as a headboard.
- Small end table becomes a night stand.
- Lamp with a red shade pops a little accent.
- Red throw pillows and blanket folded at the foot of the bed add a little accent color.
Sold in under one month (at a profit) in spite of the difficult economy in the Spring of 2010 before the housing market turned around!
Sam and Amy were on a budget and couldn't afford to spend a lot
of money staging their cottage home. And, they didn't have to:
neutral paint provided the backdrop.
- Cleaning, sorting and packing opened up the space.
- Artful arrangement of things they already owned did the rest.
Sam and Amy are now happily house-sitting and saving their money for that dream home in the country.
Do you need ideas on how to get more money for your home? Review
Staging - Essential Steps for a Quick and Profitable Home Sale.
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Alex Hinst is the author of Home Decorating and Staging and owner of Alex Hinst Designs, located in Denver's Historic Highlands.
Alex Hinst Designs has hundreds of success stories in both private and investor home renovations and is dedicated to helping you create your perfect home.