I was recently approached by a client who owned an older style home, all the rooms were painted the same colour, some rooms had brick walls and others had wood paneling. There was lead lighting everywhere and blue vertical blinds to match the blue kitchen. The client provided me with a brief to style the home for sale and make it look like it was brand new.
I come across this kind of brief all the time and trust me, it is very hard to make an old home look like it was built yesterday. Helping a client to understand this can be difficult. Each home owner wants their house to look fantastic when it goes on the market, and so they should, presentation is everything, but it is important to remember that people who enter your home as potential buyers are looking at your home for a reason, whether it be the size, the style or simply the era of the house. It is then important in my industry to respect the era and style of the home and style it accordingly. Here are some photos of a recent older property styled by Styled to Profit.
The room below is the family room. It is a long rectangular room with really awkward positioned windows, doorways and bar area. The vacant photos below are not the best but in the photo immediately below, you can see a doorway on the right side of the photo. There is another doorway on the opposite wall slight further along as you can see in the next photo.
You can also see the bar area and a wall of mirrors, these features make both of these long walls difficult to work with as there is limited room for furniture. The brick wall also makes the room slightly darker so it was important for me to lighten it up with furniture.
Unfortunately the photograph below is slightly blurry but as you can see I selected light furniture to brighten the room up a little bit together with a light rug and ottoman.
The home has 3 bedrooms, see below for some before and after shots of the bedrooms.
As you can see even with difficult shaped rooms, furniture placement is everything. It is always important to show the space of the room together with the various functions that can be achieved. A light filled room will always look bigger than one with limited windows or dark walls, so to help make a room look bigger in this instance, lighter furniture is all you need. Add a few lamps here and there, make sure you turn them on and voila.....light and space achieved.
It is all about smoke and mirrors and there are so many tricks to help you achieve what you want in your home, as long as you understand that respect is needed for both the style and era of the house.
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