Five Design Trends That Will Help Sell Your Home

Real Estate Agent with Midwest Premier Realty, Gurnee IL 224-321-0699

Home DecorGetting your home ready to sell? These 2012 design faves will give you that updated look buyers want...without the updated cost. Best of all, most of these ideas can go with you to your new home.


Paint is the least expensive and most effective way to update your home. And this year, it's all about bright colors. But use them with care. Painting your family room tangerine is a spot-on trend, but it may alienate buyers who can't imagine living with it.

Instead go for neutrals - soft grays are very current - and add punches of color. Cushions, art and accessories in a bright color will pull your room together in a very modern way. Be sparing; don't add more than two colors as accents, and make sure they play well together.


Designers are using wallpaper in oversized paisleys and retro designs for accent walls, but even easily strippable wallpaper may turn off buyers. Demonstrate your pattern savvy in other ways. Try stapling wallpaper to a large frame and hang it to get the feel - but not the permanence - of an accent wall.


Many buyers will probably tour your home in the evening. So play with different levels of lighting to pick up its best features. For example: highlight crown molding with uplights and update the kitchen with trendy pendants. Bright white light works best for super-modern décor while yellow-based light makes traditional homes feel cozy.


Trendy mirrors add glamour to any room...and make it look larger. Hang a mirror opposite a window to bring the outdoors in.

Salvaged pieces

Reclaimed architectural pieces can make your home special. Visit salvage shops for old fluted columns to give a sense of separation to open concept spaces...without losing that open feeling. Or use antique corbels as brackets to support a glass shelf.

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Kathy Stoltman
Rockwood Realty - Ventura, CA
Ventura County Real Estate Consultant 805-746-1793

David, these are wonderful suggestions, actually they should be must do's in most cases.  It surprises me that so many folks live in very dark homes with the blinds drawn all the time, let the light in please!

Sep 20, 2012 11:42 AM #1
Regina P. Brown
California Coast & Country Homes, Inc. - San Luis Obispo, CA
e-Pro Realtor

David,hanging a mirror opposite a window to bring the outdoors in sounds good to me.  Thanks for sharing.

Sep 20, 2012 12:35 PM #2
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