Sometimes a house sell because it “feels right.” How do you create that feeling? Sometimes a house is passed by because it’s lacking that “thing.” How do you avoid that feeling? Mary Cook is a Chicago-based interior designer who outfits between 72-80 rooms a year. She wrote the book “The Art of Space.” These are the cliff-notes…
First, decide who you’re designing for. You should be thinking of what kind of buyer is most likely to purchase your home and maximize on how the house works for them.
Second, when you’re designing the space, know what it’s going to be used for and fashion it as such.
Third, remember lighting is the diva that needs to shine. Proper lighting or lack thereof can create a desired space or cause it to be looked over all together.
Fourth, Color. Color can take a place from drab to fab, it can make you feel as though you’re standing in the most spacious of rooms or like the room is shrinking in on you.
Fifth, Patterns and texture. You only have on chance to make a first impression and transforming something from flat to 3D can make it a memory they keep coming back to.
Sixth, the dirty little word we all dread when it comes time to sell… Clutter. Let’s face it, if there’s clutter even the most spacious house can feel like a shoe. Many prospective buyers lack the ability to see beyond the clutter and into the clear. They need to see the space in order to envision where they’ll place their belongings.
Seventh, bringing harmony to the space is the main objective so scale and proportion are CRUCIAL. Big spaces call for big components. Smaller spaces can do without or run the risk of feeling crowded and cramped.
The perfect home is about balance and harmony among all it’s components, stationary and living alike. For more information on this subject please refer to “The Art of Space” by: Mary Cook ($49.99).