Give the Home's Architecture a Voice When Selling Your Home
Our particular area in North Vancouver has a fair number of west coast contemporary homes. These homes were built with specific criteria in mind. One element of west coast contemporaries is to blend in with nature. Therefore, many of these homes are built with cedar paneling, and large windows that overlook gardens with huge, evergreen cedars. There is a coziness about these houses. You can smell the warm aroma of the cedar paneling, and feel enveloped in the atmosphere, as if you were wrapped up in a warm, cozy blanket. Although this style of home is not everyone's cup of tea, there is certainly a fan base out there.
The problem in this particular west coast contemporary living room, was that a huge, taste specific painting was hung over the fireplace, doing it's best to hide much of the cedar paneling. It was important to give this paneling a voice, and let it speak for itself. Also, the painting wasn't centred over the fireplace (that just drives me crazy!). In my opinion, the target buyer is more inclined to buy this home because of the cedar paneling, not in spite of the paneling. Therefore, it was imperative to remove the large painting, and replace it with a smaller, brighter painting that would compliment the paneling, not compete with it.
There were other challenges with this room also. The room was very dark, and needed lightening up. Taking inspiration from the owner's existing cushions, which I thought worked great in the space, we added more light coloured cushions and a cream coloured throw to break up the dark brown of the sofa. The Christmas lights had to go, but we added lighting with table and floor lamps. A little editing of personal items, and this living room became a very inviting room. It was also the first room you saw upon entering the house, so it was crucial to create a great first impression, to keep the potential home buyer wanting to see more.
When selling your home, have a good look at the original architecture, no matter what year the home was built. What are the features? Don't hide them; play them up!