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Start 2019 with Style!

By: Carmen Angiulli

Certified Home Stager 

Back again with some advice specific to getting a home ready to sell or if resale is a concern in the foreseeable future.  Most people know that paint, light fixtures and hardware are the smallest and most inexpensive ways to make the biggest difference and maximize value. 

Here are two tips that not everyone may know:

1) Using fresh grey grout in between tile floors, particularly if the grout has turned a darker color is a surprisingly effective way to freshen up the overall appearance and make the size and shape less prominent. Especially if the tiles are a smaller size that were popular in the 90's and the early 2000's.

2) If you have brass chandeliers and or light fixtures from the same time period, spray painting them with a flat finish gives them that "pottery barn" look that is so popular today. Please see the example on the left. This is an actual photo I took with my cell phone in a home for sale where the home owner spray painted a brass chandelier herself! It looked even better in person. 

While we are on the subject of paint, painted wood kitchen and bathroom cabinets continue to trend. We have seen them look great in both shiny and matte finishes depending on the rest of the style of your home. 

Let's look at what two big "paint players" have named their color of the year for 2019 : 

Benjamin Moore- "Metropolitan"- Calm, composed and effortlessly sophisticated, this color excludes glamour, beauty and balance.

PPG- "Nightwatch"- a rich luxurious jewel tone that emulates the feeling of lush greenery and the healing power of nature.

We only suggest using brighter shades of color such as "Nightwatch" on accent pieces, not on walls, if selling your home in the near future is the intent. So how can you incorporate these colors? PAINTED WOOD FURNITURE!

We all have seen old, tired traditional looking wood furniture that people have a hard time giving away. If you are up for a weekend project, you can do wonders with these pieces and give them new life. Pinterest has a catalog of painted furniture that is absolutely spectacular and will give you limitless ideas. See a few examples to the left and don't get discouraged, the only way to get good at something is to practice! There is never a shortage of these pieces available for free or inexpensive. For the ones with patterns, stencils are  recommended and you can find them at Michaels , Jo Ann Fabrics, or my favorite Pat Catan's.

I would love to anyone's experiments and works of art! 

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