Is Your Home Overdressed? Maybe it needs a "Make Under"

Home Stager with Hampton ReDesign, Home Staging and Redesign

Happened to be home when Oprah was on this afternoon. The topic was Makeunders. Women who needed less not more. But this also applies to homes. Nate Berkus did a room Makeunder and it inspired me!

Every home that goes on sale needs a makeunder. The less of you, the quicker your home will sell. The bigger and more spacious your home looks the higher it's perceived value.

Simple room design
This means it's really important to edit your stuff so what's really important greets you (and your buyers) when you walk in the door. You want your homes' features to shine, you want buyers to say AH!

The trouble is we tend to keep adding stuff to our homes and don't stop to edit.
I compare it to getting dressed. You've got a great look going but then you keep adding accessories to your outfit. A scarf or two. All of a sudden your great look gets lost. No one will be able to focus on that perfect necklace or pair of shoes because there's too much to look at.

The best outfits are the ones with a simple color palette. A nice pair of jeans, a contrasting top and jacket and some great accent jewelry and shoes.

Your home is no different. It's an extension of who you are but it shouldn't be the catchall for everything you've ever wanted to bring home. Layering is wonderful but you have to know when to stop before your look gets lost.

Start with one room. Treat it like an extension of yourself. How would you dress it?

10 Easy Tips to "Make Under" Your Home

1. Keep in simple, Pick one or two main colors for your walls and floor. The fewer colors the more spacious your home will look.

2. Pick a third and fourth (if desired) accent color . Use these colors sparingly.

3. Keep your surfaces consistent.  Walls should be the same material if possible and painted or finished in the same color on all walls. Floors also. Keep flooring consistent throughout the house.

4. Group your family photos on one wall and use similar frames and mats to keep a unified look. Edit your photos first and keep only the ones you love.Clean simple room

5.  Group your plants also. Your plants will thrive and it reduces watering time. Toss out any that are unhealthy or dying.

6. If a room has more than one use make sure there's a dedicated space for each use. Screens or dividers can help separate living from office or exercise space.

7. Keep your window treatments clean and simple. Heavy window treatments that cut down on light can overpower a room. Invest in some light colored curtain panels instead hung on a simple pole. These look great over inexpensive 2" blinds.

8. Remove area rugs on carpet.  Visually they cut up the floor space and make the room feel smaller.

9. Edit your collections. Keep only pieces you love on display. Again grouping them will create impact and reduce visual busy-ness.

10. Keep it to 5. When in doubt, keep no more than 5 toys or 5 plants or 5 pillows or 5 frames or 5 lamps for example in a room at one time. If you want to add a new piece, take out an old one.

Remember keep it simple. Whether you are getting ready to sell your home or just want to live lighter, a professional home staging consultation can help you with your "makeunder".

Photos are not samples of Hampton Redesign staging but chosen to represent how a simplified color palette can makeunder a room.

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Janice Sutton
Home Stager - Temecula Murrieta
1st Stage Property Transformations

Make unders!  I love it!  I always remind my clients and myself.....LESS IS MORE! :) Congrat's on your well deserved AR Feature!

September 09, 2010 04:55 PM
Joel Weihe
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Realty World Alliance

Love it!  Saw it via another's post.  I'm definitely re-blogging.  I've been in so many over-whelming homes lately that just were totally sensory overload for the poor buyers (and me!).  Great article!

September 10, 2010 03:14 PM
Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner
Buyer Focused ~ Buyer Results | (503) 810-7192 Portland Metro Exclusive Buyers Agent | 100% Buyer Representation ~ 100% of the Time

Thanks for Sheree's re-blog.  And less is more, fer sure, fer sure!!

September 10, 2010 03:16 PM
Barbara Heil-Sonneck
Home Staging Atlanta

Hi Tessa, very informative and creative blog, great marketing with excellent results! Congratulations

September 10, 2010 04:01 PM
Tessa Skeens
Marketing + Staging For Denver Realtors, Builders
Hampton ReDesign, Home Staging and Redesign

Hi Janice - I'm so sorry its taken me so long to respond! Thought I had. Thank you SO much for taking the time to let me know you liked my blog. :)

Sheree, Carla... Glad it "spoke" to you! I think the more we have the less we appreciate it. You almost never hear people saying "hmmm I think I need to add some clutter"! it's always the reverse.

Thanks so much Barbara!

September 13, 2010 08:52 PM

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