This small living room and the kitchen floor plan is typical of many Minneapolis area homes. We start with a fresh coat of paint in a soft linen color for the walls and a crisp white to highlight the trim. Outdated furniture is replaced with modern but comfortable chairs much more suited to the space and to the younger audience likely to be looking at this home. Sometimes, furniture can make all the difference in how people will view the home, which is why websites like https://www.homeaccents2.com/Living-Room.html/ are perfect for getting inspiration and ideas for living room designs and furniture. Furthermore, taking out the area rug reveals the beautiful hardwood floors and also helps to open up space. Having the hardwood on display allows its beauty to shine without being covered up by a rug. Some would worry about the upkeep of cleanliness of the wooden floors, but they’re so easy to clean if you get the best hardwood floor cleaning machine. This way they stay sparkling with limited effort on your behalf! The rug can either be placed elsewhere or gotten rid of. Although, it would be a waste of an item that has the ability to significantly impact the mood of any room in your house. Rugs can be situated anywhere, from your hallway to your bedroom, they can be used everywhere or nowhere. The choice is yours. If you make the decision to move your rug to another room, big or small, you may want to make sure that you buy one that is made to measure, or Teppich nach Maß kaufen, as Germany would say so that it fits perfectly. Just because it could have an effect on one area of the house, it doesn’t mean that it won’t display a positive impact somewhere else. Ultimately, your living room and the kitchen area design is something that you need to get right. Heavy, dark curtains are replaced with a sheer window scarf that frames the large window and allows more natural light to flow into the room. Already the room is feeling lighter and less solemn. A large silk plant and pair of lanterns are placed on the upper ledge to draw more attention to that architectural feature. One bar stool was removed, and place settings for two are added to make the counter area an inviting dining spot. Removing the items from the refrigerator gives the kitchen a clean, uncluttered look. The result: an open, inviting living room and kitchen that is staged to sell!
Archive for month: September, 2011
Placing a seating arrangement in front of this beautiful stone fireplace helps potential buyers imagine themselves relaxing in a cozy retreat. Random stacks of books and DVDs on the built-in bookshelves are stored behind cabinet doors and replaced with carefully arranged vases, silk plants and picture frames to make the entire space more inviting. The once empty mantel comes to life with some appealing accessories. Two coordinating art prints are hung vertically to add the finishing touch.
Too much furniture in this girl’s bedroom make what is actually a spacious room feel small and cramped. Removing some of the smaller pieces and arranging the bed and night stand on the wall next to the window helps open the space. We opened the curtains to let in the natural light and make the window feel as large as possible. A neatly made bed and simple bedside accessories are all that’s needed to complete the staging.
Office space in the home has become high on a buyer’s list of criteria, so it’s important to make that space appear as functional and appealing as possible. This office area was extremely cluttered and lacked organization. The plaques on the wall were very personalized making it difficult for a potential buyer to imagine it as “their space.” Bringing in a floor lamp from a spare bedroom added much-needed light, and an outdated light fixture on the ceiling has been replaced. A bench below the window offers a place for visitors to sit and makes the room feel more relaxed and comfortable. The file cabinet has been cleared and some labels were added, made from some flexible magnetic tape. This makes it look more professional and organized. I was considering getting rid of the file cabinet altogether while in the decluttering period. Where would I store my paper files? I’d get rid of them and convert them to more efficient, easily accessible files on my computer through a company like FilecenterDMS.com. It would certainly clear up some space in my office and it would be easier to find important data I needed. However, I’ve put it off now in a bid to see my office having the ability to look clean even with paper files still around. Moving the bookshelf next to the file cabinet helped to organize as well as extend the space making the office area appear larger. Neutral artwork adds a nice touch without being too personal, and notice how one large wall hanging makes the space seem less cluttered than many small wall hangings.
This spare bedroom had become a dumping ground for extra linens and off-season clothes. To convert this space to an inviting retreat for overnight guests, we replaced the mismatched bedside tables with an upholstered chair from another room and placed a round table and table lamp in the corner in place of the office-style floor lamp. There was so much more that we wanted to do to it though like I remember reading that chrome table lamps are universal for most decors so I was thinking of getting one similar for this room. But we then came to the decision that simple was best. If I could I would have loved to have redecorated the whole thing and got all new furniture for this room, but I think I’ll save that for when I decide to redo the master bedroom. So anyway, we just added sheet brown window panels. Adding sheer brown window panels helps to soften the window and give it less of a basement feel. Coordinating bed linens, pillows and other accessories help to create a relaxing and soothing ambiance.
I think the end result is great though! Like I couldn’t be happier with this room. I just have to make sure that I don’t turn it back into a dumping ground though. I have to try and break that habit, otherwise, I’ll just keep doing it. I don’t think I will want to turn it into a dumping ground though, now that we’ve updated it all. Because just look at how great it is! I’m so proud of the finished results and I can’t wait for people to actually stay over. I bet they’ll feel like they are in a hotel room or something (or at least I hope they feel that way). Anyway, at least this room is done and all sorted. Now I’ve just got to find another project to keep myself busy with.
The lower level family room in this home lacked purpose and was more of a pass-through area than a functional space. After the pile of toys were stored in a closet and the iron & ironing board moved into the laundry room, the fireplace is defined as the focal point by positioning a sectional sofa around it. A silk tree adds balance and frames the left side, while a large mirror and simple accessories give the mantel some pop. To give the space a cozy feel, we added a soft blanket and several throw pillows. Wall art helps to coordinate the overall color scheme.
Adjacent to the great room in the previous post is this open concept kitchen and dining area. The same cream colored paint over the wood paneling makes this side of the room feel updated and spacious and shows off the gorgeous vaulted and beamed ceilings. Additional updates included new granite counter tops and light fixtures. Counter tops have been cleared of clutter to give a cleaner, more spacious appearance. The wood cabinets were cleaned and polished, and the back plates were removed to give the cabinet hardware a fresh look. Moving the table perpendicular to the wall opens up the traffic flow and adds to the feeling of spaciousness. Silk greenery above the island cabinet helps to highlight that unique feature and draw the eye upward to the gorgeous vaulted and beamed wood ceiling.
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