Setting the scene to sell your House

It’s that time of year. The children are back at school and people are again looking to buy and sell homes. A good interior layout and good interior design are key to ensuring that your house comes top of the list in a potential buyers mind. But how do you achieve these things. Here are my top tips.

We all know to keep to a neutral colour scheme and to tidy up – but if you go too neutral you risk making your home bland and forgettable, too colourful and you risk alienating a whole section of potential buyers. Unworkable layouts are annoying, and cluttered spaces scream “too small”. Dirty, tatty kitchens and bathrooms are a big turn-off too, so where do you start.

What can you do to secure that all-important sale and how do you sell an “aspirational” lifestyle? Unfortunately everyone’s taste differs, but when it comes to selling your house put aside your personal preferences and follow these simple rules:

TV presenter Sarah Beeny states this time and time again, but it is still worth repeating. One person’s treasured possessions are another person’s dust collectors. Minimise the number of decorative objects on display as clutter makes a room appear smaller and serves only to camouflage features of the room that you should be promoting.

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Your furniture should be in proportion to the room size. An oversized sofa in a small cottage will dominate the room and make it feel cramped. If you cannot exchange it, covering it with a light coloured textured fabric will go a long way to reduce its impact. If you need to show more seating, small side chairs are preferable to another sofa and give the room a sense of space and practicality.

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Lighting is an essential element of any room and is often overlooked. If you only have a central light your room can appear cold and uninviting by its single bulb. This is especially true as we go into winter. Table lamps strategically placed on side tables are a great way to create interest and warmth. Remember – fluorescent light bulbs (kitchens for example) give off a cold, uniform light and whilst fine in a workshop, should be replaced inside the house with a more suitable fitting. Dimmers and cream lampshades are the cheapest and quickest way to create instant ambience in any room. If you have down-lighters you may consider using a slightly darker wall colour as these types of lights tend to wash out pale colours. If you’re thinking of redecorating prior to putting your house on the market paint an A4 size piece of white card or an artists’ canvas with your chosen colour and try it next to each light source before you paint a whole room. Never put the paint directly on the wall, you’ll simply look at the difference between the two colours and not at the new colour.

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The colours of your walls are the single most important factor when presenting your home to potential buyers. In general the average house buyer is not good at visualising the potential of a room. Even a single wall painted a bizarre colour can be a stumbling block to the buyer and mean the difference between selling and not.

For most houses neutral colours are the safest bet, but this is not to say that you should shy away from creating some interest and style, but avoid drama! Try using wall paper with large bold prints but keep it to one wall and do not be tempted to paper the whole room. A complimentary paint colour will help to pull the room together.

It is also essential to consider natural daylight when re-painting walls. Start with which way the room faces – north facing will make colours look greener whilst southern facing rooms will make colours look more yellow. For rooms that run east to west the colour will change as the sun moves throughout the day. This change should be embraced as this makes rooms come alive.

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White – if in doubt keep it simple!

From urban chic to rustic simplicity, white is infinitely versatile. Pure white – its simplest form – is blinding in bright sun but can also take on a variety of hues at different times of the day in less glaring exposures. Adding shades of other colours to the white canvas can subtlety change its personality. White’s capacity to reflect light is an important factor in making rooms appear larger. From off-white to apple-white and a multitude of shades in between, the paint pallet is vast and the range of options infinite!

To make rooms appear larger paint skirting boards and all woodwork the same colour. Remember to use the appropriate paint for each surface. If you have the enviable luxury of large rooms, pulling them together with darker skirting and architraves and lighter walls will make them less cavernous and more homely.

Don’t be afraid that it’s all looking a bit white. Accents of colour can be easily added to your neutral look with paintings and soft furnishings. Scatter cushions and throws are a good way of harmonising a scheme. Your soft furnishings should all be in the same colour palette with different textures to add depth. You can also try adding pattern but sparingly and always in the same hues. If in doubt, leave it out…..

If you feel you need some expert advice then do get in touch. I undertake consultations in your  home or garden to discuss home décor, paint schemes, window treatments and whole room interior design or garden design projects. Tel: 01572 747318 or 07973843020.

I work on interior design and garden design projects in Stamford, Lincolnshire, Oakham, Uppingham and Rutland, Leicester, Nottingham and Northampton as well as further afield. I will design a garden to complement the architecture of your home and choose the right landscaping materials to complement it. If you are frustrated with endless searching for the right fabric or wallpaper and paint colours and overwhelmed with the enormous choice, then allow me to make a handpicked selection for you. I will complement the style of your existing rooms and provide a few choice pieces which will bring the whole look together.