1. SET THE SCENE
Use the time of your open inspection to your advantage. If it’s morning
brew some coffee or tea, set up a breakfast setting at the table and opt for
cool tones to play off the natural light throughout the house. A late arvo
setting may include a bottle of wine, electric fire, and warmer tones to suite
the color of the sun. It’s all about using what you have to show your home
in the best possible light.
We all judge a house by the curb appeal. When in doubt, clear it out.
Edging and mowing the grass is just the start. If you’re vegetable garden has
seen better days, pull it out and lay some simple fresh mulch. Buy or
borrow a few pots to place near the front door to frame it and drop in
some fresh flowers. Hose down your verandah and if you still have that
paint, slap a fresh coat on the front door for good measure. Don’t forget
the welcome mat.
Modern décor is chic, but it can be hard and cold. Fluff up some extra
pillows for the bedroom, drape a throw rug, crack out the nice table
runner, and even impress by placing plush cushions over boxy chairs.
Borrow a large area rug for a cold kitchen floor. The key here is to stay
large and in charge- it’s softness not clutter.
4.SCALE UP YOUR ACCESSORIES
Feeling comfortable in a room is largely dependent on scale. Choose a few
accessories that vary in scale i.e. large rug, mantle candlesticks, and small
greenery or light fixture. Having too many things the same size feels less
comforting, especially if they are smaller than you. Less is always more.
5.HERE’S WHAT YOU’RE MISSING
Sometimes it’s tough to put your finger on what’s missing in a space. It’s
probably something green, it’s only natural and it actually reduces stress
and contributes to a healthier home and body. It can’t be said enough, place
some fresh floral and greenery around your home. If green is not your
color, you can opt for vibrant citrus or a bowl of sophisticated
When staging your home is not an option- use what you got! There are a
few tricks to creating more space. Bring in an oversize mirror to place in a
small hallway or bathroom, turn on all your lights to help reflect light onto
the ceiling, and open any sliding doors leading outside. Take away a few
pieces of furniture. If you have six seated dining, store two chairs to create
more floor space, or move that massive BBQ to the garage to create a
more dynamic outdoor space.
7.FRESHEN UP THE BASICS
Replace blown light bulbs, fix that loose handle, and refill the tissue boxes.
Go farther by opening up the windows, using a fresh lemongrass spray, or
by lighting that fancy candle you’ve been holding onto. It’s about creating an
inviting atmosphere. Rearrange your table setting, or move your sofa away
from the corner, reorganizing can help you spot the awkward spaces.
Written by Chelsea Myer from Interior Designer Studio S2 Archtects
Published by Meier Paul Real Estate