We all want to get the most from the sale of our property and while we are at the mercy of appraisers we can do little tricks and tips to make our homes look more expensive – hence, get more attention and ultimately an offer. Here are 6 ways to make your home look more expensive.
#1. Pick a Pallete and Stick With It
If you have too many textures, styles and colors the room will look more crowded and busy than stylish. Some of the best stagers in the world stick to one color palette, typically white, black and grey so that it really shines. Add affordable, coordinating pieces when you find them and keep everything looking intentional and chic.
#2. Stay Minimalistic
Sometimes less is definitely more and we live in a time when minimalism is coveted so while it might be nice to fill out a room with dozens of pieces of furniture, sometimes a simple dining room table and chairs is plenty. It will look clean, classic, and expensive.
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#3. Crown molding and wainscoting.
Simple crown molding along the top edge where the wall meets the ceiling can add a dramatic and expensive look to a room. Crown molding is typically associated with upscale homes but it’s fairly cheap to purchase and install. Wainscoting is also another option, which is a type of wood paneling install to the bottom half of the wall. It was originally designed to add extra insulation to the wall but today it is purely decorative and you’ll see it in a lot of elegant and classic homes.
#4. Large-scale art.
Art nowadays doesn’t have to be a $20,000 piece. Large-scale art can make a big impact and you can find pieces at garage sales or even online.
#5. The rule of three.
This has been a staging secret for years. Things that come in threes not only are funnier, more satisfying, and more effective than a set of two or four but it also shows elegance and traditional style. Whether you’re hanging art on the wall, putting three pieces of knickknacks or designs to a table or even a bistro table and chairs set for three, keep the rule of three in mind when staging your home.
#6. Make sure the curtains and drapes hit the floor.
This is a subtle, subconscious trick but drapes and curtains that hang at the windowsill give off a cheaper look than those that go all the way to the floor. A good window treatment can add instant luxury and elegance to a room. Measure the window before you had to the store and for about $50, you can get some beautiful drapes that pillow at the floor creating elegance and style.
For more tips and tricks to stage and prepare your Mercer Island home or any property or home throughout the Puget Sound give me a call today.