An upgraded interior can bring new life and interest into a home, especially when done like a pro. Although a professional interior designer can be a great resource for those looking to style their homes, simply following the seven ways below can give your home the refresher it needs. This is especially important for those looking to sell, as the Midtown housing market is experiencing a 25% decrease in homes sold
compared to the same time last year. Artistic interior design is just what your home needs to pique a buyer’s interest.
1. Narrow down your style
Before starting your interior design journey, narrow down your style
. One way to do this is to look at your closet, which is a strong reflection of your style on a day-to-day basis. From your hanging clothing, come up with a few keywords describing your style, such as traditional, playful, or modern. Another way to figure out your style is to recall venues that you thought were particularly beautiful or cool, like a hotel or a restaurant. Elements of these places can be the start of your own interior design.
People trying to narrow down their style can also try the opposite approach: listing out what they don’t like about certain styles and designs. Take the time to point out prints you think are obnoxious, paint colors that remind you of a bad location, or pieces of furniture that don’t fit your balance of style and function. Eliminate what you don’t want, then consider the remaining options.
2. Plan out your workspace
An important tenet of real estate interior design is the use of space. Both underusing and overusing a room makes it appear smaller than it is, which can dissuade buyers from considering a home purchase. When redesigning a room that already has furniture in it, build your designs around existing pieces. This ensures walkways remain clear and that the area doesn’t feel too busy or contrived. If you plan on redecorating from top to bottom, you’ll have more freedom with your design choices. Either way, it’s important to keep the room’s proportions and scale balanced.
3. Incorporate the organic
A popular addition to Midtown homes is organic designs
and subjects. If the paint on the wall is getting outdated, quickly swap it out for flowery or leafy wallpaper to create the perfect accent wall. This gives the room an outdoorsy feel. Take inspiration from Midtown’s 300+ acres of parks and greenspace when choosing patterned fabrics for throw blankets, ottomans, or wall art.
To take it to the next level, incorporating living plants into a room can give the space extra life and vibrancy. Start off with a couple of small pots on a windowsill or on the kitchen counter. Statement pieces like a tree in a gorgeously designed pot can make a reading room or a front entryway stand out. Not only do organic incorporations liven up an area, but they can also have a calming effect on homeowners and visitors.
4. Freshen up the paint
A fresh coat of paint goes a long way in changing the atmosphere of your home’s interior. Switching out a darker color for a lighter one opens spaces and gives them a welcoming energy, while a small touch up can make a room look brand new. Consider repainting in warm neutrals
to revamp an area and to appeal to the most buyers if you’re selling your property. These include shades like creams, nudes, and beiges. Darker tones can also appeal to the eye, such as rust, taupe, and camel.
In line with the organic trend of home décor, shades found in nature are popular options for walls or accents. Consider different shades of green, blue, and brown, gathering inspiration from Midtown’s foliage. These natural colors can also have a calming effect that makes a home desirable to live in. Before deciding on a color, be sure to sample the shade and observe how it looks in natural light, at night when it’s dark, and in the morning.
5. Add some texture
For added visual interest, think about the textures of small and large decoration pieces like couches, chairs, throw pillows, and blankets. The adventurous have also added texture to walls with lime washing and plaster finish paints. Having a mix and range of sleek, rough, fringed, knitted, and countless other touches provides dimension and a more dynamic lived experience in rooms. Consider incorporating many materials, such as wood, metal, stone, leather, and fabrics like silk or burlap.
6. Mesh new and old
A catalog or a major home goods store might not have selections that speak to your unique tastes. Selecting a few antique or vintage pieces like a side table or a chair can provide a complementary element to your design that no other home will have. Not only is purchasing vintage pieces eco-friendly, but it creates an intriguing contrast between the old and the new, which can be the key to pulling a style together.
7. Give the ceiling TLC
Don’t overlook the ceiling
when completing your interior design. Although it may not seem important, a new paint job that leads to a shabby or understated ceiling can ruin the atmosphere you’re going for in your design. Although creating the Sistine Chapel in your home may be overdoing it, a simple, light shade complimenting the rest of your décor is a nice final touch.
Ready to design your home interior?
Working with experts like those at Doyle | Goodrowe Curated Living is the best way to put these interior design ideas into action when selling your Midtown home. Not only can they guide you towards options that buyers in the area are most interested in, but they can provide resources to help you in your journey. When you’re ready to sell or start your search in the area, contact one of the trusted agents at Doyle | Goodrowe
to guide you through the process.