Staging a Dining Room with Warm Colors

Staging a Dining Room with Warm Colors
Staging by A Goode Start Decorating & Home Staging.

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Thank you for visiting my blog. I have a passion for decorating! And, as a decorator and home stager who's helped many people transform their homes, I wanted to share my ideas and tips with others. Enjoy! My company's motto is: "Home Staging for Selling or Staying!"



Monday, June 21, 2010

Color Your Life

Color. What a great five-letter word. Color has long been associated with a person's mood. It can make you hungry. Cheer you up. Make you blue. Energize you. Make you relaxed or transport your thoughts to another place.

There are three different types of colors: warm, cool and neutral.

Let's start with warm colors. Orange and red are generally chosen by restaurants because they are known to stimulate the appetite. Yellow is known as the "happy" color because it is the color of sunshine. In homes, these colors are commonly used in dining rooms and kitchens.

Cool colors -- green, blue and purple -- are considered to be "relaxing" colors and are great for bedrooms and living rooms.

If neutral colors are your favorite -- such as white, cream, grey, brown and black --you're in luck because they are very popular in decorating right now.

In selecting the colors for your home, it is a safe bet to pick the colors you really like because whatever you choose, you'll have to live with for awhile unless you're the energizer bunny or are independently wealthy!

Here's some advice: Instead of choosing the wall color first in the living room, family room or bedroom, I suggest to my clients that they FIRST choose the color of their largest piece of furniture -- such as the sofa, loveseat, bedspread or comforter.

After that selection, you can choose the color for the walls and, if possible, the floors. Remember the walls and floors consume the most visual space so be careful in choosing colors that will coordinate with the fabrics on your furniture. Another option for the wall color is to select a neutral, such as a creamy white or pastel grey.

If you're unsure about your color choices, call your favorite decorator for an expert opinion. Happy Decorating!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Get a New Look for Your Home With Paint

Do you want to change your home's ambiance for the least amount of money? If your answer is, yes - here's how: Paint!

Changing the color of a room can transform the overall feeling of a room. First, you need to decide on a new color. I'd like to suggest a couple of options:

1. Before you buy the paint color that you have selected, I recommend that you purchase a sample in order to paint it on your wall to see if you like it. Most brands of paint these days have samples available for purchase. This is a good idea because you'll get to see the color on the wall in your room in different lighting - morning, afternoon and evening light. Paint colors can change according to the light in the room, and you can make sure that you like the way the new paint looks during the different times of day.

2. If you'd rather not paint samples on the walls or a sample color is not available, I'd like to suggest that you attach several large swatches of the new paint color (available for free at the store) and tape them on the wall in order to visualize the paint color in the room. This can be very effective in helping you make a decision.

3. If you're still indecisive, paint one wall in the room. One way or the other, this will help you make a decision on whether you can live with the new color.

4. If you are trying to paint over a dark or bright color, you really need to paint the walls with primer paint first. This is an important step so that the old color does not "bleed through." Talk with the paint store experts about paint that has both primer and paint combined. This may be a good option for you and will enable you to skip a step.

5. Another suggestion in selecting paint is to choose low or no-VOC paint (VOC stands for volatile organic compound). It is a little more expensive, but it does not emit harmful smells or odors as much as other paint and is considered to be a "green" alternative. I wholeheartedly recommend low or no-VOC paint to my clients.

Even if you do not like the new color --painting is basically the least expensive way to get the most impact in redecorating your room. You can always repaint. Be brave and try it! If you need a second opinion before you start to paint, call your favorite decorator or me! I'll explore choosing colors for your rooms in my next blog.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

How To Give Your Home A New Look For Less Money

How do you make your home feel "new" without spending too much money? Well, here's some budget-wise decorating tips to give your home an updated new look:



1. Accent Pillows. Furniture is usually the most costly item. So if your furniture still looks acceptable, you can give your room a boost with some new accessories. Add a few new color-coordinated throw pillows to a sofa, a chair or on the bed and they can perk up your room without breaking the budget. A few new pillows can give old, tired upholstered furniture a new look.



2. Flowers. Buy a new flower arrangement or make one yourself. It's easy these days. Visit a home decor store (for example, Michaels) and buy silk flowers for as little as $3 a stem. Buy a vase (they are very reasonable at Michaels or in a consignment shop), add some pebbles in the bottom to help hold the flowers in place (again, buy them at a home decor store) and start adding silk flowers.
Flowers can add a punch of color to a dining room table, coffee table, end table, a dresser or in a dark corner.

Real flowers are beautiful too -- especially if you can pick them from your garden. But if you have to buy flowers on a weekly basis, it can get a little costly.


3. Wall art. Add some new artwork or a mirror to your walls. Check out consignment shops, budget-friendly stores such as Walmart, Target, Marshalls, Kohls and TJ Max. They all have home decor sections.

If you're not sure what artwork to buy, add a mirror! Mirrors reflect light and color and can make a small room look larger and a dark room look brighter. Here's another idea - add a wall shelf. You can place artwork, accessories, or plates on the shelf for a three-dimensional or "layered" appearance.


You can also make your own artwork if you feel adventurous. For example, if you collect beautiful greeting cards, you can mat and frame them yourself as long as the frames are a standard size (5X7, 8X10 or 11X13, for instance). I'll give you some advice on art-arranging techniques in a future blog.

Another option --buy a plain canvas and create your own contemporary artwork in colors that coordinate with your room! Acryllic paints are easy to use and come in many different colors.


With a little creativity and ingenuity, your rooms can have an updated look without spending a lot of money. However, if you'd like some professional decorating advice, call your favorite decorator. Happy decorating!

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