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We have noticed that many homeowners hesitate to use black décor and accents in their home. However, Red House Staging & Interiors believes that utilizing black accents is the perfect approach for making a bold artistic statement.
Here are several suggestions on how you can incorporate black into your everyday décor to create a space that will turn heads.
The right piece of artwork can help set the overall mood for a room and we believe it’s a “must” when it comes to interior design to create a mature space. Adding artwork with black either in the art image itself or via the frame is a great way to incorporate this color into your space. Consider adding high contrast geometrical art with bold black lines, or black and white abstract paintings, or keep it simple by just starting with framed black and white photography. Featuring colorful artwork in a solid black frame against white walls is really easy way to start to tie in the classic color.
Add in Bold Black Accents
If you’ve been eager to add black décor into your home, accents are a simple and immediate way to do so. If your current space is filled with a lot of light colored neutrals, adding in black accents — either in decorative accessories or via small furniture accents like a side table, pouf, or chair will create the perfect pop of “color.” Toss black accent pillows on a white sofa for bold contrast. Bold black dining chairs pulled up to a white or natural ash dining table look stunning. A pair of black nightstands flanking a bed with a contrasting headboard can be a perfect way to get that pop into your master bedroom.
Go Big and Stay Home
If you’ve been anxiously waiting for black to come back, seek out your favorite shade of matte black and a paint brush because the time is now. A black accent wall will serve as a focal point that will highlighting the rest of your décor and, without a doubt, be a conversation starter.
If you are considering a remodel of a kitchen or bathroom, considering using matte black fixtures or hardware. We are seeing this done in many of the new build properties we stage, with great success. The contrast of matte black against bright white tile or sinks looks so fresh — we love how it can make an otherwise drab space shine.
Red House Staging offers three distinct staging services to sell homes in Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Maryland fast and for top dollar! Contact us today to learn more about how we can inspire your space to sell.
If you’ve been desperately searching for interior design inspiration with no luck, we encourage you to scroll through Instagram. You might lose an hour double tapping but it’ll certainly be worth it.
There are plenty of interior design accounts on Instagram worth following; Red House Staging & Interiors has highlighted a few favorites.
Alyssa Kapito Interiors
Based out of New York City, Alyssa Kapito is killing the Instagram game when it comes to offering up interior design inspo. (And that’s putting it lightly!) If you’re searching for effortless, clean spaces that can be enhanced with a little natural lighting, you’ll find them here. Her spaces feel practical and achievable. We especially admire her ability to blend different textures, patterns, and colors in order to create a cohesive space.
If you’re hoping to design a modern space that will still feel warm and inviting, two must-have elements of home, follow Erin Hiemstra at Apartment 34. Erin astonishes us with her ability to create the childhood bedroom of our dreams along with a bathroom oasis that we’d likely run to after a long day at the office. All of her spaces are unique, and are without a doubt, Instagram worthy. From simple dining room designs to a bookshelf worth dusting, we are in awe of her constant creativity.
If color is your muse, Tilton Fenwick is your Instagram “must-follow.” Suysel & Anne, the design duo that makes up Tilton Fenwick, are a team dedicated to courageous color. They pair together bold patterns and brilliant designs that bring out the best in one another, setting them apart from other designers. We promise that their fearless feed is hard to miss.
If you’re searching for a life of luxury, visit Ryan Korban’s influential Instagram feed. You can certainly live your best life (vicariously) through Ryan’s posts. Complete with marble accents and sparkling chandeliers, his Instagram feed offers charm and elegance. Flowers play a major role in the majority of his designs and we love that he incorporates a fresh element into extravagant spaces. Pops of pastels paired with cool metal accents create lavish spaces that we would gladly get lost in.
Red House Staging
Don’t forget to look at the Red House Staging & Interiors Instagram as well to see our latest work! We pride ourselves on creating a feed full of tasteful neutrals featuring our latest work. From creating a themed color story with our basic package to stunning staging through our curated package, our Instagram is a great showcase of what we can do to help your home sell in a busy real estate market.
We offer three distinct staging services to sell homes in Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Maryland fast and for top dollar! Contact us today to learn more about how we can inspire your space to sell.
One of the questions we get most often from homeowners is “Is it really worth the extra effort to stage my basement? Can’t I just stage the main living areas of my home and achieve the same impact? ” While the basement may seem like a low priority in preparing your home for market, properly demonstrating its usefulness is a valuable asset in receiving the best responses from potential buyers and getting the offers you want.
A finished basement adds to the marketability of your home, adding additional living space that can be used for a wide range of purposes. Helping a prospective buyer see themselves in the space helps them fall more in love with your home while also justifying the added cost of those extra square feet.
Below are examples of the small changes you can make on your own to get your basement into market-ready shape. Need additional help? Contact Red House Staging & Interiors to learn how we can transform your basement (and your whole house!) to make the biggest impact when you hit the market!
Ditch the Clutter
The first thing to do when staging a finished basement is to clean the space. You’ll want to get rid of all unnecessary items, including forgotten storage. These items should be kept in an off-site storage facility if possible, or thrown away if unneeded. You’ll also want to have the space professionally cleaned so that you know every nook and cranny is pristine.
Repurpose the Space
A basement is more than a storage unit, and that’s what you’re looking to showcase by staging the space for buyers. You can look for exciting and creative ways to repurpose the space to really help a buyer see the potential of your finished basement. Utilize exercise equipment and transform it into a workout utopia, or make it a gaming space by adding an entertainment system or play room.
Multipurpose furniture, such as a couch that doubles as a bed, can also make the area look more livable and versatile. However you stage the space, helping buyers who are viewing your home see value in this extra space will add value to your overall selling price.
“Lighter, brighter, cooler colors help the walls recede,” Langmaid said. This can be especially important for showing the possibilities within a finished basement, especially if it is a smaller area.
He suggests light blues and grays as a starting point. These colors make small rooms appear larger and they allow the illusion of natural light. This can help even a small amount of square footage seem like a much larger area to work with.
Finally, another way to create natural light is to add a mirror in your basement. The light will bounce around and spread throughout the area, and again, will make the space appear larger and more inviting.
Basements present a variety of decorating challenges because of the low ceilings, little light availability and smaller spaces to work with. Red House Staging & Interiors offer creative strategies that will turn your basement from drab and ordinary to fab and extraordinary. Our home staging services are catered to your budget and spacing needs, and can help you put your basement – and your whole home – in the best possible light to attract interested buyers.
Learn more about how we can help you by giving us a call today at 202-257-2072, or check out our online portfolio today to see how we’ve helped other clients in Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland with their home staging needs.
During July, 2017 Red House Staging & Interiors staged 29 projects in total.
Of those projects, 2 were stagings in Virginia, 25 were stagings in DC, and 2 were stagings in Maryland.
27 of our stagings were Red House Signature jobs and 2 of them were Red House Platinum jobs.
We had the pleasure of working with 22 different agents and homeowners this month!
During the first 3 weeks of July, we staged 20 properties and out of those jobs 9 are already pending or under contract and 1 property closed and sold!
For properties that are pending/under contract/sold, the average length of time on the market was 6 days.
And finally, the property that sold went for $65,000 over asking!
July 2017 Property Spotlight
One of Red House’s top success stories this month was that one of the properties we staged went from being put on the market to selling in 15 days! This desirable property is 1317 Rhode Island Ave NW #206 and the agents we worked with were Eva Davis and Kristen Johnson of Compass Real Estate! Angela Dugarte was our designer who created and executed the staging. Here’s what she had to say:
“When I first viewed the property, I was unsure of the type of look I wanted to stage, considering the kitchen had a green back splash. After viewing the property, I discussed with the realtor about ideas for what could be done with the back splash as it seemed like it was a major obstacle. We decided to use the back splash as inspiration and compliment it by using minimal green art, chrome lamps to match the chrome light fixtures and white accessories. By taking what initially appeared to be an obstacle and using it to our advantage, the outcome was beyond what I had imagined and more.”
Check out the slideshow below to see the amazing collaboration between Red House Staging and our friends at Compass and drop us a line using the contact form on the right side of the page if you’re interested in seeing results like this with your next project!
To add drama to a rectangular or square dining table, consider adding at least one banquette bench to the table like we did at this penthouse condo staging. Here we used two for symmetry and balance in the space. Banquette benches are often considered great choices for informal dining spaces and eat-in kitchens, however, they can also be perfect for more formal spaces, as we pulled off here.
We also are using them as an alternative to counter height stools at the kitchen island! How clever are these?! What a cozy way to relax in the kitchen while still maintaining an air of decorating sophistication…