Decorating the Living Room

We love our living rooms, even if the décor isn’t to everyone’s taste. The living room is the place where we spend the majority of our time at home and as a result our personalities become indelibly imprinted on the design scheme.  For instance, you may love that stuffed deer’s head above the mantel piece, but potential buyers probably find it scary and off-putting. Here is how you can revive your living room interior and make it appeal to any buyer.

 

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Cleanliness is Key
Clean everywhere in your living room, including windows, skirting boards, light fixtures and switches, as well as under and behind every item of furniture.  If you have pets, eliminating their odour is also an essential part of the house staging process.  Move their beds, cages and things out of sight and hire a professional cleaner to clean your carpets. A freshly shampooed carpet can feel like new and viewers will be impressed by how clean the room looks and smells as a result.
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Less is More
Banishing clutter in the living room is tricky but crucial if you want your space to impress. As a general rule, many professional house stagers suggest eliminating two thirds of personal belongings from your room. Take care to rearrange everything else into neat and aesthetically pleasing displays. Odd numbers of items that stand at two or three different heights is a good starting point to work from and don’t forget the golden design rule, less is more.You want buyers to imagine themselves living in your home, so help them along by taking down your photo collection too.  You can put them back up as soon as the viewer has left, this just gives an unconscious signal to the buyer that their life can be easily slotted into this space.Take a look around the room at your furniture and remove any item that doesn’t play an essential part in the functionality of the room. Toy boxes, storage containers, paperwork and excess tables and chairs can make your room look ‘too busy’ and your space will appear smaller as a result. Think if there is a more appropriate place in your home where you can store extra furniture, temporarily. If you’re really stuck, ask friends and family members if they wouldn’t mind looking after it for you.
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Help Them Visualise
In order to make your living room feel welcoming and homely, invest in some great lighting. Rooms should always incorporate three different light sources, functional lighting (overhead fixtures), task lighting (reading lamps) and accent lighting (decorative fixtures that typically don’t emit much light).You should also ensure that your living room colour pallet is neutral and cohesive. If you have patterned wallpaper or brightly coloured walls, consider repainting them, even if you decorated fairly recently. Your colour scheme may be all the rage, but I guarantee some of your viewers won’t agree with you. Buyers want to see something they can live with until they put their own stamp on the place.Make sure that your curtains and windows let in the maximum amount of light, to make your living room feel bigger. If you have heavy drapes, swap them for more lightweight curtains in a pale shade or opt for roman blinds instead.
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Bonus Tips

If your living room has a fireplace you may want to invest some time and money into getting it swept and restored to its former glory. The character that original features bring to a house is a major selling point. Nearly everyone who walks into your living room will picture themselves snuggled up in front of your fireplace on a cold winter’s night, so make the most of what your house has got!

Living rooms are often the first room buyers will see. Give them a great first impression of an organised, de-cluttered space that they can move their life straight into.

Useful Links

http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Your-House-to-Not-Smell-Like-Your-Pets

http://www.cleaningexpert.co.uk/how-clean-your-fireplace

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