Space Saving Upgrades

Mon, 20 Nov by edmontonhomepros

Giving a Smaller Home a More Roomy Feel

Smaller rooms can create a decorating challenge for homeowners. While some may be dealing with a space that is smaller overall – such as an condo or apartment – others may have just a couple of smaller rooms that look and feel cramped. While enlarging these rooms may not be an option, there may be a few upgrades to consider that can give these rooms a more spacious and open feel.

 

Light Paint Colours

Dark colours can add dramatic flair to a room, and they certainly will make a bold statement. However, they also can create the feeling that the room is smaller than it is. It is best to paint with light paint colours on the walls or even to choose a lighter colour for the ceiling. In addition to these colours, a lighter floor colour can also add the feeling of depth to the space. If the use of bolder, brighter hues is preferred, consider adding a pattern in combination with lighter colours to the ceiling. Another idea is to use stripes with alternating darker and lighter hues on the walls to create the illusion of space.

 

Shelving Installed Close to the Ceiling

Storage space is often a concern with smaller rooms, and cabinets and bookshelves can take up valuable floor space in any room. A smart idea for smaller rooms is to install shelving or even cabinetry closer to the ceiling. This can enable the space below it to be kept open or to be used for other purposes, such as for other furnishings that must be kept on the floor.

 

Recessed or Flush Lighting

Lighting is an important element in any room, and brighter lighting can make a space look larger in many situations. Darker shadows cast about a room can make the space feel closed off. More than that, overhead lights that hang down, such as pendants or chandeliers, can create a visual illusion that makes the room feel smaller than it is.

To achieve the goal of casting light throughout the room more evenly while removing these hanging light fixtures from the space, install recessed or flush lights into the ceiling. These can be combined with small table lamps if necessary to brighten up any areas that may still be dark or shadowy. Avoid tall, imposing lamps when decorating a smaller room.

Decorating a smaller room is rarely easy to do, and there are many things that homeowners can do when decorating that actually may make a smaller room appear to be even smaller. These are a few tips that can be followed to make the space appear to be more roomy and spacious, but there are also other ideas for decorating as well as built-in upgrades to consider. Ideally, the fully decorated room will be stylish and functional as well as appear to be spacious.

With proper research and planning, a homeowner can achieve the desired results. 

Setting The Stage- Part Two

Fri, 12 Jul by edmontonhomepros

This is the second part to the Setting The Stage blog series. To read part one click on the link below:

Setting The Stage Part 1

Whether you are preparing your home for a private showing or getting it ready for an Edmonton Open House, the right home staging techniques will have your Edmonton Home For Sale looking like new!

  • Decorate Away. You don’t have to purchase new furniture or completely redecorate your home to make it attractive. Add a vase filled with fresh flowers on your dinette or a flat surface to give your room a fresh scent. Remove and declutter items from your front entrance such as coats or shoes. Consider purchasing some decorative pillows to go along with your couch.

    Stephen's Home Staging Tips

  • Depersonalize. An important aspect to decorating is depersonalization, throughout your home remove any personal pictures or personal items. You want visitors to visualize themselves living in your Edmonton home for sale.

  • Let there be lighting. Is there a room in your home that has a dungeon-like feel? Consider adding new light fixtures or chandeliers to give that room an extra sparkle. Strategically placed mirrors serve as a window, giving the room dimension and brightening dark corners by reflecting light. For the rest of the house, open up the blinds and curtains to let in natural light. If the weather permits, pry open the window too so fresh air circulates throughout the room.

Did you know Stephen Lau and the Edmonton Home Pros team can offer assistance in professional home staging? Over the years, we have cultivated a list of trusted business contacts including professional home stagers. Contact Stephen Lau today and get your home ready for the Edmonton real estate market.

Setting The Stage- Part One

Fri, 07 Jun by edmontonhomepros

Did you know that within the first 20 seconds that a prospective buyers enters your home, they decide whether or not they can picture themselves living in it? When it comes to real estate, first impressions always count. Don’t lose out on the right buyer on account of a poorly staged home, with the right decorative staging, decluttering, and depersonalization, your home can sell faster and for more money.

In this 2 part blog series, Edmonton Home Pros invites you to enter the world of home staging and home decorating. By following our tips and adding your personal touch, we know your home will hit the market stage ready.

Home Staging Tips

  • Bring on the charm. Your home is beautiful, inside and out. It’s one of the reasons why you decided to purchase it. Now that the time has come to move on and sell your Edmonton home, you want to show prospective buyers the beauty of your home by accentuating its features. Create a positive welcoming vibe from the moment you enter your home and maintain that atmosphere throughout the home.
  • Appealing Curbs. What is the first thing visitors see as drive up to your home? Do you have a nice manicured lawn with a clutter free deck? Curb appeal is crucial, so make sure your front door has been painted recently or consider replacing the numbers outside of your home. Give your home’s gutters a good cleaning before your showing, you don’t want the winter debris to take away from your home’s outer beauty.

Did you know Stephen Lau and the Edmonton Home Pros team can offer assistance in professional home staging? Over the years, we have cultivated a list of trusted business contacts including professional home stagers. Contact Stephen Lau today and get your home ready for the Edmonton real estate market. Stay tuned to this series to learn more about staging your home’s interior.

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