Splash of Colour

Painting is usually the most obvious way to introduce a splash of colour into a room; however, there are many other ways to create that 'wow' feeling (without as much work)!  Here are a few ideas:

  1. Artwork - carefully placed pieces will add to any room and provide a reference point to creating a cohesive look
  2. Area rugs - so many beautiful colours and patterns to choose from - use on top of hardwood or carpeting to make the room pop
  3. Flowers - always a great choice when you need just a touch and you can never go wrong
  4. Pillows & Throws - practical and stylish - choose a variety of colours, patterns, prints that will help cheer up your space
  5. Furniture - small or large coloured pieces can make a big impact - accent pieces can be painted to bring in colour - the fabric options are limitless
  6. Accessories - so many to choose from ... lampshades, vases, picture frames, candles and more - strategically placed they can infuse colour in unique ways

Wall & Ceiling Woes

A well-staged home …

will draw attention away from the home's flaws & weaknesses and focus on its positive elements.  Since walls are one of the most prominent features in any home, they are vital to staging and their condition and colour need to be addressed prior to showings.  The good news is that, for minimal cost, a big impact can be made.  Here are some quick tips for addressing your wall and ceiling 'woes':

Paint with staging safe colours (neutrals)

This is important when it comes to selling since these colours neutralize the space, lighten the room(s), de-personalize the space and create a perfect backdrop for showcasing/decorating.

Paint with low-sheen finish

This will reflect less light which makes it harder to notice surface imperfections.  Although flat paint does a great job of this, it's not durable (or often aesthetically appealing which makes it perfect for ceilings); therefore, the better choice for walls would be an eggshell finish.

Paint over wallpaper?

Yes, you can!   However … there are varying opinions about how (and even if) this should be done.  That said, you will want to research techniques and cost prior to embarking on this task (if done correctly, covering the seams is even possible).

You don’t need to be a pro. There are simple and inexpensive ways to create the effect by combining trim and narrow crown molding.  Installing crown molding can provide an instant element of luxury and create a great visual impact for showings. 

Cover popcorn ceilings

Popcorn ceilings instantly date a home and scraping them can be costly (and very messy).  Applying a coat of paint will brighten them up; however, it doesn’t change the design itself.  Covering with tiles, decorative planks, or even fabric are possibilities.

Placing Furniture

Correct furniture placement relies on:


Function - each room in your home should have a clear function.  The largest piece placed in a room is always related to function (ie. sofa in living room, bed in bedroom, etc.) and always placed first.

Focal Point - determine the room's focal point.  Some rooms won't have one so you will need to create it.  Furniture should then be arranged to draw attention to/enhance the focal point.  A focal point can be a window, fireplace, architectural feature, painting, etc.

Feeling - how do you want the room to feel?  Cozy?  Airy and open?  Rooms will feel more spacious if you 'float' the furniture which simply means that the furniture is not pressed up against the wall.  Rather, it is in the middle of the room away from the walls.

Flow - this refers to the natural flow of people travelling through a space.  Be mindful of traffic flow when arranging furniture.  Don't make it difficult to maneuver through a room or around furniture.

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