How To Turn Your Home From "Blah" Into Fantastic

Real Estate Agent

Making your home look fantastic need not be expensive and difficult. Even if you are one of those people who are style deficient, you can still turn your home from drab to fab by following these basic design principles.


Harmony and Balance

Make sure that when you arrange the furniture of your house, it fits the overall style of your total furnishings to give the room a unified feel.

When you arrange the furniture, make sure that you arrange the pieces in way that looks pleasant to the eye. The trick is to center (think of the way you hang picture frames) the furniture, making sure to distribute the furniture and other decorations evenly throughout the room.



Rhythm in design is all about visual pattern repetition. It is defined as continuity, recurrence, or organized movement. To achieve these in design, you need to think about repetition, progression, transition and contrast.  If you use these, it will impart a sense of movement in your home, leading the eye from one design element to another.



This is the use of one element repeatedly throughout a space.  You can repeat a pattern, a color, texture, line, or any other element. In fact, you can repeat more than one element.



Progression is taking an element and increasing or decreasing one or more of its qualities. This is something I like to go over with some of my clients after they find a home they like. The most obvious implementation of this will by the gradation of style. For example, a cluster of candles in varying sizes in a tray creates interest because of the natural progression shown. It can also be achieved with color – for example displaying a red color scheme in varying shades.



Transition is smoothly leading the eye from one area to another. One of the most common transitions is the use of a curved line to gently lead the eye to, say, an arched doorway or winding path.



Contrast is putting opposite elements that are opposite to each other together. For example, you can put black and white pillows on the sofa. You can also achieve contrast by putting two shapes that are opposite to each other as well, such as putting round and square pillows together.

Contrast can be a powerful design element, sometimes too powerful, so be careful on how you use it as it can sometimes work the opposite way as intended. As with anything, moderation is the key.


Comments (4)

David Shamansky
US Mortgages - David Shamansky - Highlands Ranch, CO
Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg

If homeowners can make all that fly it will look like a piece of artwork

Apr 30, 2015 11:00 AM
Trumps Elite
Keller Williams Realty Acadiana - Lafayette, LA
Realtors/Career Consultant

Can I send you to tell all of my sellers that? lol It would be a dream come true. Thanks for sharing great information. They should all listen!

Apr 30, 2015 01:10 PM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Price it right, otherwise all the tweaking, tucking, make it sparkle just help other properties realistically priced. Today it is not an assumption that all sellers listen to their agents, brokers pricing advice and taking an overpriced listing but blaming the staging, the presentation is missing the elephant in the room during the listing.

Apr 30, 2015 08:24 PM
Sham Reddy CRS
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

WOW!!! Thanks for all those fine tips.

Apr 30, 2015 08:43 PM