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Tips for Styling Your Great Room

Thursday, January 17, 2019

The moment you walk through the front door can say everything you need to know about a home. Did you know that it only takes 30 seconds for buyers to decide whether or not they want to buy a home? 30 SECONDS! Not only do I agree with this wholeheartedly, because I've seen it with my own eyes, the way your home looks when your buyers first walk in sets the tone for the entire home. Being in real estate for 16 years, I know the moment my clients want to buy a home, simply by watching the look on their face. This makes the Great room one of the most important, if not THE most important area of the home, so taking the time to design the perfect space is crucial. Here are my top tips for styling your Great room.

What Makes this Room Unique?

I always say that you never have a second chance to make a first impression and nothing rings truer than that when a potential buyer first walks into the Great room. One of the main components of a warm and inviting Great room is character. Buyers want dimension when they walk into the space and they want more than just an empty canvas to look at when they're trying to envision themselves there. The Great room is unique, because it needs to be able to capture the buyer within seconds. Simply needs to impress.

Adding Character to the Space

The look and feel of the Great room needs to satisfy all senses. Texture and color reign supreme when it comes to satisfying a potential buyer's senses, but it's important to tread lightly and not go overboard. You'll need to aspire to the broadest range of buyers, so keeping your neutral color on the walls is preferred. Add in your pop of color to the accessories that complement the room. A popular approach is taking the color from the front door and blending that color into the interior of the home. A good rule of thumb is to never have more than three colors in a room.

Blue appeals to most buyers. I believe that this comes from the love of the ocean. Anywhere from a light turquoise to navy and all variations in between, having blue accents helps to add that wow factor to the space. Incorporating natural elements into the room also helps to create a relaxing feel. Try adding in natural items, such as:

  • Coral

  • Shells

  • Pine cones

If you're wanting to blend your furniture more seamlessly into the room, but new furniture isn't in your budget, my go-to is a white throw. Simply add this comfy element into the space and watch your buyers envision themselves wrapped up on the sofa, relaxing with a glass of wine.

Other Helpful Tips

Your home needs to be styled to sell. Think about how much money we spend on hotel rooms. Do you know why we spend so much? It's because we love the crispness and clean feel of these rooms, and that's what buyers want to incorporate into their homes. One of my most important tips is not to remove everything in the home. Leaving something personal in a subtle way can help buyers envision themselves living in the home. It can also help with your negotiations if buyers can see exactly who it is that they will be working with on the transaction. Make your buyers fall in love with you and your home!

Finally, remember how I mentioned character? How can you add character to this space? Make this space look more than just a box with sheet rock. Add in dimension with faux fixtures and floating shelves to add that warm, inviting feel to this important room. Money for character needs to be well-spent, but it perfectly sets the tone for the entire home and can make the difference between a potential buyer wanting your home or deciding that it's not right for them.

You hold the key to your home's future and it all starts from the moment your buyers step into the Great room. Wow your buyers and show them just how amazing this home is, and help them envision themselves there.

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My Favorite Home Design Trends for 2019

Friday, December 14, 2018

As I'm getting ready for the New Year, I'm getting excited for all of the new home design trends that are springing up and I can't wait to share them all with you! From floor to ceiling, homes are getting quite the makeover, and it may not be what you think. There are surprises galore for 2019, not only on the inside of the home, but the outside as well. As we prepare for another beautiful year, let's talk home design. Here are my favorite home design trends for 2019.

From Trendy to Timeless

When we think of modern, contemporary homes, we think minimalism. It seems as though intricate details have gone away, replaced by clean lines and basic details. The things is...these flip flops between West Indies and modern designs are all cyclical. As time goes on, these designs that we're seeing in homes today will be out of style, replaced by something different. We're starting to see a shift in home design trends to a more timeless appeal. Homeowners want their homes to stand the test of time, instead of being outdated every couple of years. When it comes to trendy versus timeless, timeless is pulling ahead.

Wood Detailing is Making a Comeback

Remember when homes used to have wood details throughout? You may not see that too much these days as modern design trends have minimized many aspects of the home. Timeless and cozy, wood details give a home a much more comfortable and inviting feel. We'll start to see more homes incorporating crown molding and ceiling details, such as wooden beams and tongue and groove designs to add character back into the home. Modern minimalism seems to have taken away some of our home's uniqueness, and it's exciting to see it coming back.

Shiplap has also seen a soar in popularity, mainly due to HGTV's influence on many homeowners, looking to add an updated style to their homes. We've seen smaller wood planks used in shiplap in the past, but expect to see wide planks popping up in homes. Using wide planks and tongue and groove designs create a less cluttered look in the home, while adding in that aspect of uniqueness that seemed to have been lost.

Tile Upgrades

Let's not forget about flooring! One of the hottest home design trends for 2019 is luxury vinyl tile. This special type of flooring is increasing steadily in popularity in many homes, due to the fact that it is completely waterproof and shows no grout lines. Homeowners are also opting for bigger tiles. New 48 x 24 inch tiles are taking center-stage this coming year. Homeowners and designers are brick-laying these throughout the home and are opting for a more neutral palette.

Focus on Curb Appeal

Last, but certainly not least, more homeowners are focusing on the landscaping of their property, including a combination of artificial turf and pavers to add more curb appeal to the home. Expect to see:

  • Angled pavers

  • Driveway detail

  • Backyard AND front yard oasis

  • Porches and conversation areas

Homeowners are realizing the importance of connecting with their neighbors. In Southwest Florida, I think this is due to Hurricane Irma's effect on us as a community. Having to band together, it helped us to see the beauty of community and reconnect with each other. Many homeowners are now incorporating front yard conversation areas, so they can mingle and stay connected as a community. Landscape design is definitely coming front and center in the New Year.

Fun Tip: Leave those Christmas lights up! Have you wrapped your Royal Palms in twinkling lights? Keep some of them wrapped in your backyard area, so you can create an outdoor oasis to enjoy all year-round!

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The New Year is showing us all kinds of exciting features to include in your home. Bringing timeless design back, along with outdoor living and more details throughout the home are just a few trends to follow in 2019, and I can't wait to see what's next!

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