Do You Have an Accent?

Home Stager with Nicola Lindsay ReDesign and Home Staging
Do you have an accent? French, English, German, Italian? Can you have more than one accent? The accents I deal with on a daily basis are not about your speech. The answer is yes, you can have more than one accent. Creating your own personal décor is all about neutrals and accents. When you choose a beautiful neural paint colour and work the shades of that colour through your home, it creates flow and allows you to add décor from one room into another and provide cohesion many home owners are searching for today. I receive calls often from home owners that are lost in they own sea of colour confusion. A few simple steps will eliminate all that. Sometimes it takes a call to a professional and a short home visit to make sense of the colour dilemma. For example if you choose a series of three tones of beige, (I know you are thinking, ugh, but fear not the selection is wide and varied.), that you love and begin to apply different depths of this colour to certain areas of your home, you will see the difference it can make. Rather than your eye going from pink to blue to green for example; that have nothing in common at all other than they all are paint. Making well thought out choices can make all the difference in the world. After creating a plan and sticking to it will let you enjoy the process rather than become discouraged and then make poor choices. Once the colour has been agreed upon you can begin your accents. Accents include art work, pillows, picture frame and mat colour, area rugs, towels, lighting and oh so many other things. Be aware you will have to choose a paint colour with those things in mind that are never going to change. This might be already purchased furniture, a sentimental piece of art you inherited from someone special, drapes that are staying. It is the larger picture you must consider to begin the creation. What type of flooring is in the home is it staying? What do you see from your main windows? What type of metal is used in your kitchen and for lighting? I understand why choosing a paint colour can be overwhelming. I have done this to myself in my own home. But when you follow a plan and think about each item that plays into the whole scenario, then it does become easier. Still find it hard to accomplish? Call a professional to help. Make life easier for yourself.

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Sara Garden
Rocky Mountain Home Staging - Boulder, CO
MBA, HSE, HSR, APSD, Home Stager

It still amazes me how I will walk into a house and the seller didn't give a moments thought to how all those colors would flow together. Recently I visited a house where you walked in the front door and saw a dark purple dining room to the right, a dark rust living room to the left, a yellow and red family room with a bright blue couch straight ahead and a teal office jst to the side of the family room. This was just what you saw when you first walked in. Upstairs there was a hot pink room with a black ceiling and  drips all over the white trim, a chartruese walll at the top of the stairs and a deep dark navy room with a dark navy celing. Yikes- oh, and they "had no money to repaint."

Nov 15, 2011 11:03 AM #1
Nicola Lindsay
Nicola Lindsay ReDesign and Home Staging - Saint Stephen, NB

Ouch those colours would have been hard on my head. I hear the same , "No Money to Paint". It is sad to think for the price of a few cans of paint it will cost this client hundreds if not more and the home will sit on the market waiting for the right buyer who can see past the uglies.

Jan 28, 2012 09:37 AM #2
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