Staging & Redesign is the talk of the town!! With programs like “The Stagers” and “Designed to Sell” on HGTV, home staging and redesign are catching on fire here on the East coast. The value of staging is vast and it’s not uncommon to overhear conversations discussing the importance of showcasing a home & its benefits. Home Staging is the act of preparing and showcasing residential property for sale. Staging is about presenting a property in its best possible light. This is because Staging sets the scene throughout the house to create immediate buyer interest in your property. This will then lead to your home selling for the highest possible price in today’s market.
With home staging you are merchandising a product (your house) for sale among many other products (houses) for sale. Staging gives your home an advantage over the competition. In fact, if you don’t stage your home, you actually help the competition. Staged Homes.com an international home staging website and HomeGains®, a national real estate website, have both done studies on home staging and the results are substantially in favor of staging.
However, there is another part of the staging business commonly referred to as redesign. Staging & redesign have many similarities. Like home staging, redesign is the art of rearranging a room to create warmth and hospitality. It is working with what you already own and mixing in new on trend accessories, pillows, artwork, etc. You want your room to be inviting, harmonious and comfortable. Redesign is freshening and renewing that tired space and creating something really special.
Renew, Refresh, Restore, Re-invent, Repurpose.. This isREDESIGN
Redesigned = Rejuvenated
Redesign is for the homeowner who is staying. The term is now quite popular, and the concept is simple. Yet many people are unclear of what redesign is all about and how it’s different than traditional interior design. Think of redesign as a makeover, facelift or enhancement of the space in your home. Imagine your rooms as those shown in a model home. You don’t need to go out and buy the expensive furnishings or the latest designer pieces to achieve that look. Using what you already own, your rooms can be transformed in just one day.
Redesign involves an in depth look at the current space (likes, dislikes, wants, needs, desires, etc.) First and foremost, the room should be functional and reflect your family lifestyle and current needs. Your home should make you feel at ease. It should showcase your treasures and highlight your personal style. Redesign is a way to think “outside the box” and repurpose the things in your home to create brand new rooms. As part of the process, we “shop” among the other rooms in your home for treasures that might work in a better location! Some may want to include some new accessories, wall hangings or accent pieces (it’s amazing what new throw pillows or just a new lamp can do to a space!). The low cost of a redesign is possible because the majority of things being used are your existing furnishings.
Questions to ask your self:
Do you think your space is too small and feel there nothing you can do about it?
Do you constantly flip through décor magazines or watch home makeover TV shows, hoping to get inspired?
Do you buy new things, but find that they just don’t seem to fit in?
Do you just have trouble pulling it all together for a cohesive look?If you answered yes to any of the above questions, a makeover could rescue your home! – give redesign a try (and save your wallet)
Help is on the way! Here are some helpful Solutions:
1. Harness the power of placement. Bring sofas in a large room close together. Never have them pushed against the walls. Face them toward one another in a V-shape with the coffee table in the center.
2. Reinvent your furniture instead of replacing it. There are a ton of things you can do to refurbish the furniture you already have. There are plenty of tools available to you to do it too. So next time you want to replace a piece of old furniture, try reinventing it instead. You could wind up with a new piece for a much cheaper price that you can love for years again.
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3. Refinish fading wood. A nice refinish can make even the most faded wood look brand new. And it is as easy as repainting. All you need is apply a couple coats of stain, followed by a couple coats of varnish and a few man-hours to complete each piece. It’s a perfect sized project for a weekend. And you can always do one chair at a time, spreading an entire table set across a months’ worth of weekends.
4. Revamp your pillows with beautiful new covers. I found great variety of textures and colors at Lowe’s and Bed Bath & Beyond.
5. Area rugs: Whether you have wood floors or wall-to-wall carpet, area rugs can be lifesavers. They soften and warm a space and protect floors from kids — and vice versa. When they get grungy, flip them over, send them to the cleaners or simply replace inexpensive ones. Jute, sea grass and sisal add texture and are incredibly durable, making them great for heavily trafficked areas. For a softer landing, try an all-wool or wool-blend rug, which will wear well and resist stains. Because of its high lanolin content, New Zealand wool does a great job of repelling moisture and dirt.
Carpet tiles are another family-friendly option. Shop, http://www.flor.com. They’re like puzzle pieces that can be reconfigured on a whim, and if one area becomes stained or worn, you can simply replace individual tiles. Whichever type of rug you choose, though, opt for easy-to-clean low pile, and use a no-skid pad or double-sided tape underneath so the rug itself doesn’t become a hazard.
THINK OUT OF THE BOX!!
Old Rule: Furniture styles should match.
“If you layer a space with color, texture, and array of styles, your decor choices will have a much longer life. Accessories are an affordable way to make sure a space doesn’t get locked into one period or thematic look.
Mix up the seating at your dining table. You wouldn’t have eight identical chairs in your living area would you?
Old Rule: Children’s art is for the fridge or a box in the top of a closet.
Kids’ paintings and drawings can bring color and whimsy to an otherwise unimaginative space. “Display drawings in a colorful frame, or in a white frame with a colored mat. Hang them in an otherwise unimaginative space. They’re full of spirit — and meaningful.
Old Rule: Use only one type of wood in a room.
All matching wood can look too perfect. Mixing woods can make a room more interesting and personal, like it took shape over time.
In design, balance creates a feeling of equilibrium. It is all about equalizing or approximating the visual weight of objects. Balance is created not just through shape, but through color, pattern, and texture as well.
There are three different kinds of balance:
Symmetrical or Formal Balance: Traditional or formal spaces call for symmetrical balance where the space is evenly split into two sides that mirror each other. For example, two chairs on either side of a coffee table can be said to be symmetrically balanced. This kind of balance is easy to achieve as design elements are repeated on each side.
Asymmetrical or Informal: The visual weights of lines, colors, forms and textures are balanced without exact duplication. It is not as ordered as symmetrical balance and can be more complex and interesting. For instance a sofa can be balanced by placing two chairs on the other side.
Radial Balance: This is achieved when there is a central focal point with other elements radiating from it or around it. An example would be a round dining table, with chairs arranged around it. There is a lot of repetition of form, texture, and color.
Rhythm: As in music, rhythm in design is all about creating patterns of repetition and contrast to create visual interest. You can achieve this by using the same color or shape at different intervals. Its purpose is to move your eye around the room. For instance, you can establish a rhythm by using a color in the pillows, picking it up in a painting, and echoing it again in a rug. These repetitions will help carry your eye around the room.
Harmony: This is created when all the elements act together to create: a unified message. Just as rhythm can create excitement, harmony creates a sense of restfulness. For instance, you can create harmony by using just one color, even though your forms vary greatly in shape, size and texture.
Creating a space where you feel comfortable with your favorite things makes for a peaceful and contented home and family, especially where children are concerned. A new appreciation is found in your existing belongings when enjoying them in their new locations. Sometimes the problem lies not in what you own but where you place it. Redesign is useful in many areas of your life. No matter what your budget, everyone deserves to have beautiful and functional living spaces. How about you?