Is The Placement of Your Paint Color Making You Look Old?

Did you know that color placement is as important as your choice of colors?  This is something I spoke a lot about in my recent Color Workshop here in Nashville.  You probably know that certain color combinations and undertones of neutrals can appear dated.  But did you know that the way you choose to place color in a room also can make a home looked either dated or current?

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This recent Brentwood Color Consultation illustrates this idea perfectly.  Let’s start with the color placement in the dining room.  When this family recently moved into their new home, the dining room sported two shades of green, above and below the chair rail.

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Dining Room Before Color Consultation

 

Don’t feel bad if you have a similar look in your home.  But you should know that this kind of color placement looks a bit dated in 2012.  We chose an on-trend neutral for the walls above the chair rail and painted below the chair rail in the same color and finish as the trim.

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Neutral Walls, Trim Color Below Chair Rail

 

 

Then, we put this luscious emerald color on the ceiling!

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Emerald Green Ceiling

 

 

Isn’t this a fresh, updated look for a dining room with crown moulding and a chair rail?

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After Color Consultation

 

 

Here’s the very bossy trey ceiling in the master bedroom.  Yes, we know you are a trey ceiling.  Yes, we see you. Could you quit yelling at us, please???

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Trey Ceiling Before Color Consultation

 

A more sophisticated and restful solution:  we chose a pleasing color for the walls only and painted the entire tray out white like the trim.  Another good option would have been to apply a whisper of a color on the flat, uppermost part of the trey ONLY.

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After Color Consultation

 

Now here’s one that drives me nutty:  the ever-popular racing stripe!  This is the before of my client’s young daughter’s bedroom.

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Before Color Consultation

 

If you have a dropped piece of trim that runs around the top of the room, simply fill it in with trim paint.  Now it looks like one big, expensive piece of crown moulding. 

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Girl’s Bedroom After Color Consultation

 

Ring, ring, ring!  1988 called.  They want their bathroom back.

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Before Color Consultation

 

We calmed things down with a neutral that works with the tile, countertop, and carpet from the adjoining bedroom.  Soooo much better.

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Bathroom After Color Consultation

 

Can you see how much color placement effects whether a space reads dated or current?  The Decorologist thinks it’s as important as the color itself!  If you need help with choosing colors or color placement, check out my Color Workshop Video here.

A Coastal Living Room Makeover by The Decorologist

Happy Labor Day!  Sit back and enjoy a little trip to the coast today in this living room makeover.

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 The Decorologist

 

I showed you the make-over of this Brentwood client’s entry last week, and it made it into the Style section of The Tennessean over the weekend!  This is where this living room started:  it was a large, light-filled room filled with treasures my client had collected over the years from the flea market.  The problems we identified were:  the orangey-brown fireplace from the 1980’s did not work with the beachy vibe she really wanted, the room felt unbalanced, the furnishings lacked cohesion, and it all just felt a bit cluttered.

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Living Room Before

 

Over the next several months, we worked towards creating an oasis of calm for this busy family.  The fireplace needed an update, but I didn’t think it was necessary to rip it out or cover it over – instead, we used the power of paint to transform it.

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Fireplace Before

 

 

Let’s start with another “before” of this living room:

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This is the “after” of the space from the same angle:

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Living Room Makeover by The Decorologist

 

 

Here’s a “before” from the other side of the room:

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Living Room Before

 

And the “after: “

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Before:

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Before

 

 

Isn’t the fireplace GORGEOUS now?  The new wall color is Benjamin Moore’s Iced Green, which plays into the coastal palette throughout the home.

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 Living Room by The Decorologist, Photo by Melanie G. Photography

 

 

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The Decorologist

 

 

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Design by The Decorologist, Photo by Melanie G. Photography

 

 

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Vintage globe I picked up at an antique mall

 

 

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Photo by Melanie G. Photography

 

So many little makeover projects went into making this beachy living room come together – I’ll  share the details and how-to’s of those, including the fireplace and furniture makeovers, later this week.  Stay tuned!

How Spending $360 Can Get Your Home Sold Fast

Last week, I gave you a sneak peek at a home  I staged to sell.  Unlike decorating, staging a home requires de-personalization and neutralizing the space so that potential buyers can visualize themselves moving right in.  The homeowners were animal lovers and expressed that love through the decoration of their home.

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I always encourage my design clients to express their passions in the way they decorate their home, but I encourage my staging clients to do the opposite when marketing their home to the public!  When staging a property, it’s not about you anymore – it’s about the buyer.   These homeowners were using their dining room as a den, which can confuse buyers who are searching for the purpose of each room of the house.

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 Dining Room (?) Before

 

By moving existing furniture from the breakfast room into the dining room, we created a new dining room that buyers can visualize themselves entertaining in.

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 Staged Dining Room by The Decorologist

 

The kitchen was quite busy in its “before” state.  This was the only room I recommended changing the paint color.

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 Kitchen Before

 

By stealing the table and chairs from this room, we made the whole area feel much larger.  In this case, it was more important to stage the dining room than it was to stage the breakfast area.  The lighter paint color further expanded the space.  The painting was done the afternoon after we staged, and only required a couple gallons of paint.

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Photo by Melissa Allen of Brentwood Area Homes, staged by The Decorologist

 

The living room was more of a playroom for the homeowners’ pets than it was a place to entertain humans.  It’s obviously large, but didn’t look inviting.

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 Living Room Before

 

Isn’t this so much more welcoming?  I think the doggie likes it, too!  Or maybe he’s just trying to figure out where I hid the dog toys!

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 Staging by The Decorologist

 

Since we’re on the subject,  not everyone loves pets – many buyers (or someone in their family) may be allergic to cats and/or dogs.  The more pet-centered a home appears, the more red flags will go up for potential buyers.   I recommend paring down pet stuff to the bare minimum and removing pets from the home prior to showings.  Here’s another view of the living room before the staging.  The clutter and animal art was boxed up for the homeowners to use in their next home.

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 Before Staging

 

If your home is well-staged, the buyers no longer focus on the personality of the present owners or the details of their life.  They instead are drawn to the architectural features of the property and the potential of making it their own.

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 Staging by The Decorologist

 

Here is the “before” of the master bedroom.  I was (and buyers would be) distracted by the stuffed animals and the busy bedcovering.

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 Bedroom Before

 

Fresh bedding and a little decluttering turned the bedroom into a sophisticated get-away for the grown-ups of the home.

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 Staging by The Decorologist

 

Would you have every thought that this home could be transformed this much, only using the homeowner’s existing furnishings?  But I know what you may be thinking:   how much money would that cost me, and would it be worth it?

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 The Decorologist

 

The Realtor listing this property hired me to Speed Stage (my very own Staging invention!) this home.  Speed Staging is completed in 2 hours utilizing 2 Stagers and the Realtor for a flat fee of $360.  For this staging option we use only the homeowner’s furnishings and decor, so this isn’t for those who have very little to work with or who need consultation for paint colors, flooring, lighting, or other possible updates.  But in this case it was a matter of judicious editing and proper arrangement of furnishings, art, and accessories.  And a whole lot of muscle to get that extra furniture out of the house, as you can see:

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See how happy we were to have this stuff out?

 

Was it worth it?  You tell me – this property SOLD before I could even download the photos from my camera and begin to write up this post!  Here are a few more photos of what we accomplished in that 2 hours:

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Master Bathroom Before Staging 

 

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 Master Bathroom After

 

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  Guest Bedroom Before

 

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 Guest Bedroom After Staging

 

If you are a Realtor in the Nashville, Brentwood, or Franklin area of Tennessee and want to sell your listings quickly for the most money, contact me to find out more about The Decorologist’s Speed Staging option.  Staging Consultations and full-on Home Staging are also offered at reasonable rates.

Animal House – Staging Around the Wildlife

Last week, I was called in on a rather challenging staging job.  The home was occupied by animal lovers – to the extreme. Not that there’s anything wrong with that!  

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But it can be a hindrance when trying to market your home.  Upon entering, the first thing I noticed were the cat stairs . . .

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That was just the beginning – in this home, animals rule the roost.  Not only is in full of dog and cat paraphenalia, but there is an obvious love for all the wild kingdom throughout this home. 

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The powder room is papered in a leopard print.

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The animal print wallpaper was the least of it.  Let me show you more. This is the headboard of the master bedroom.  I am not kidding.

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The homeowners have LOTS of stuffed animals.  Pretty much all over the house.

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Can you find all the animals in the living room below?  I spy with my little eye:  4 moose, 3 cows, a possum, a cat, a dog, a goose, at first glance . . .  nevermind the cat toys scattered across the floor.

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This black kitty is the focal point of the first room you see as you enter the house.

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Even the furniture has paws.  Take a look!

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Lots of people and lots of potential home buyers are animal lovers.  But how many love opossums? 

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Even the bedding – as we peeled back the layers, we found leopard print, dogs, cats, pigs, geese, sheep -

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just to name a few!

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This job was a Speed Staging.  That means The Decorologist and an assistant spent 2 hours in a mad frenzy making this very taste-specific space  into a n attractive home that will appeal to a wide range of home buyers, whether they are animal lovers or not.   If you were shopping for a new house, would you feel right as home in this property, or would you have concerns?  Stay tuned for my next blog post where the before and afters of this home are revealed!

Front Porch Makeover Reveal!

When Style Diva, Cathi Aycock, challenged me to make over a front porch for a feature for The Tennessean, I kicked it into high gear to find a porch that needed a serious update for the summer.

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This 1950’s home is located in a popular ranch neighborhood in Nashville.  This was the “before” of the home:

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Before

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The Proof is in the Results: Speed Staging by The Decorologist

Remember the post I did recently about my Speed Staging services?   These are the Realtor photos of the home that my assistant and I staged in 2 hours flat.

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Staged Dining Room

Jim and Melissa Allen are my favorite local Realtors, specializing in the areas of Brentwood, Franklin, and Nashville, Tennessee.   Because they’ve seen the power of good staging in the many jobs we have done together, they now provide their clients with a Staging Consultation or Speed Staging by The Decorologist as part of their listing agreement. For FREE!

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Staged Bedroom by The Decorologist

The Allens know how to sell houses – they already have brought in 2 offers on this very home – and it’s not even listed on MLS yet!!!

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Staged Kitchen

Looks like quality Realtors and a quality Home Stager may have this home sold without even having to put it on the market officially!

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Staged Living Room

If you want to experience the staging process and see some “before” and “afters” of this beautiful home, read my post called Speed Staging with The Decorologist.  If you are looking to buy or sell a home in the Greater Nashville area, contact Jim and Melissa Allen.   And tell them The Decorologist sent you.

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