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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. Consider Artwork

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.

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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.

Pick a Cooler Color Palette

Jaye Langmaid of design studio Hudson & Crane recently told The Washington Post that he recommends keeping the space cool when redecorating.

“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.

Utilize Mirrors

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.

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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…

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