Owners can build skills to make their homes look magazine worthy by simply watching or attending home design shows. Tips and techniques when applied to your own home will likely amaze friends and family. Moreover, that fabulous new look will undoubtedly help to impress buyers should you plan to list your property.

The Overall Picture

Remember it’s the big picture that really counts!  First impressions inevitably embrace the entire space, even on TV design shows where rooms are staged to show off a particular design element or product. Think of “the big reveal”, both the exterior and interior with rooms that truly stand out.  

So focus on the overall picture when you choose a room’s accents or decide on its special features. You’ll want to make sure that all of your components work together and create the cohesive look instead of fixating upon only one element.

Invoke Emotion

Plan your own design with an objective intended to trigger the feelings you’d like folks to enjoy when they visit your home and view each room. Every aspect of your design should work towards that goal.

Check out any of the multitude of design shows on HGTV and watch for the reactions resulting from the makeover.  Then additionally, monitor your own response and feelings. Well-designed rooms should produce a desired reaction such as a relaxing family room, romantic bedroom or fun playroom. A foyer could be inviting while the kitchen might provoke a sense of warmth, and both areas when designed with emotion in mind, might foster a welcoming atmosphere.

Embrace the Unexpected

Try visiting a home design show to actually view the latest styles, materials and products where innovative ideas for your home may be among the many unique and unusual displays. Unexpected design elements when incorporated within a complete picture enhance a fresh look and will likely add both interest and excitement to the space.

So, don’t be afraid to try something new in your home. Starting with small accent items that are easily replaced will help you begin to master the challenge without feeling overwhelmed.

For additional information or advice regarding decorating and/or home design elements that maximize home values, please feel free to contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the home buying or selling process, help you to find a new home or determine the value of your existing property.


Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
RE/MAX of Barrington
Serving Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest Suburbs
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