Wow! Anytime your getting tips from a TV personality, we always seem to sit up and pay attention. Thanks for sharing Vern's insight with us Christopher & Stephanie!
Vern Yip. His parents see him as the son that never became a Doctor but did a quantum leap from pre-med student to Design Extraordinaire. You may know Vern from his early days on that great TV series called Trading Spaces (when neighbors trade homes and fix up a room for under $1,000).
Vern’s most current endeavors include being the Host of Deserving Design and the Judge for HGTV's Design Star. He is just fabulous and I was fortunate enough to partake in his discussion about how Design Can Sell Your Home. I am going to share with you 10 of Vern’s secrets that have not only helped people sell the homes but have landed him a celebrity status as a designer!
Vern Yip’s 6 Design Tips that Will Transform Your Home
TIP #1- OPTIMIZE SPACE
Move furniture in, out, or from one room to the next to create the best use of space. Optimizing is FREE.
The desk above has tons of storage and can be for mail, keys, spare change, and all kinds of things. It doubles as a server in the dining room and hosts a lovely entrance piece to hold a lamp and fresh flowers. These simple and beautiful accent pieces save your space from being overfurnished and cluttered.
TIP #2- BE MONOCHROMATIC
One color scheme where everything blends makes things look and feel BIGGER. Beiges, greys, whites, and neutrals are best but if you want to use color use ONCE.
TIP #3- ORGANIC
Every room needs something real in it such as plants, fresh flowers, fruit, a vase with polished pebbles or a dish of candy that creates a subtle sign of life. NO FAKE STUFF !
TIP #4- EDIT
Edit, delete, remove, de-clutter, reduce, simplify. Create open space on the wall (Ex. One large painting instead of 3 smaller ones. Removing knick knacks from surfaces.)
TIP #5- HIGHLIGHT
Every room has a focal point so flaunt it. Center the room around a fireplace, a large painting, or a VIEW (huge in the city).
TIP #6- ACCESSORIZE and FINISH
Secondary spaces need accessories. Place a fresh flower and new towels in the bath, add a light, and do not forget to organize the closets to finish your home design task.