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Clear Signs You’re Ready to Redesign Your Layout

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The changing seasons can get homeowners looking at their space in a whole new way. Those warm tones you loved a few months ago could be losing their touch. And you might be itching to start some new remodeling projects with spring right around the corner.

 

It’s normal to want a change every now and then. But how do you know when it’s time to rework your layout? The top designers say that fads come and go, but real style is forever. Your home décor isn’t so much about trend-setting—it’s about being true to your family’s lifestyle.

 

Lifestyle Changes and Your Home Design

 

If you’re on the fence about switching things up, take a step back and look at how your life has evolved over the past couple years. Ask yourself these questions, and think carefully. Changes in your career, family setup, and even your hobbies and interests will all impact how your home’s layout ought to be.

 

bedroom-home-staging_Home MattersIs the family structure shifting?

Maybe your children are growing up or you’ve just welcomed a new pet into your life. Shifting family structures often require some changes to your home’s layout. Maybe the guestroom needs to get redone so your children can have separate bedrooms. Kids flown the coop? Take a look at your living room. A carefully designed sitting area can help get you ready for hosting the next cocktail party.

 

Does your home support your work and hobbies?

A new job or big career move can impact your home life a lot. Consider giving your home office a better layout to improve your productivity. Need a place to relax? Try converting some areas to focus on the things you love. When you put your hobbies on display—like your new guitar, collection of books, or knitting—you’re more likely to feel rejuvenated at home. A new design for the living room can help you emphasize what matters most.

 

professional indianapolis home staging_Home MattersAre you entering a new decade?

This is a cause for celebration! If you’re still hanging on to furniture you bought right out of college, maybe it’s time for a shift. Does your home office needs to be transformed into a library now that you’ve retired? Or maybe the patterns and paint colors your used to love aren’t as sophisticated as you once thought. A couple easy fixes can help your home reflect your life today.

 

When to Hire a Professional Home Stylist

 

Sometimes it can be hard to start redesigning your home—even if you know you’re ready to! A professional home stylist can give you the insight you need to create a home that’s uniquely “you.” These questions can help you figure out if it’s time to bring in a pro. Answer honestly!

 

Do truly love your home and its current setup?

Or is it feeling a little bland or dated? Having furniture pieces that don’t fit the room’s dimensions is really just the same as having clutter. The right size and style of furnishings can take your ho-hum home to a perfect 10.

 

white-kitchen-design_Home MattersHave you (finally) finished the upgrades you’ve been wanting?

Installing new kitchen cabinetry or re-tiling your master bathroom can make a world of difference. When these kinds of projects are complete, be sure to update your furniture accordingly. Your 20-year-old kitchen table might still be sturdy, but you’ll want it to match your home’s fresh new look.

 

Are you really embracing your home’s best qualities?

Style can never be forced—that’s why effortless looks are always so popular! The same goes for interior design. Trying an ultra-modern industrial décor in a farmhouse layout can feel strangely disjointed. A professional home stylist can show how to keep every room suited to your tastes—and your architecture.

 

Do you think you want to move?

You might be indifferent about your space because your property’s location or size just aren’t cutting it anymore. Maybe what you really need is a professional home stager. If you’re getting ready for a move, a home staging company can help accentuate the best aspects of your home. The right experts will help you get the house sold quickly, and for a great return on your investment.

 

There are lots of valid reasons to redesign your home’s current layout. When you need some extra guidance on how to get started, just reach out to the design experts at Home Matters. Our property stylists would love to meet with you! Contact us today to schedule your consultation.


How to Stage a Brick Fireplace—Any Time of Year

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A fireplace should be the crown jewel of any room. Whether you’re showing your house to sell, or just getting ready for the holiday spirit—staging your fireplace can make a grand statement. Dress it up right to make a great impression in every season.

 

It’s natural to pay more attention to the fireplace in wintertime. We hang stockings on the mantel and cozy up by the fire in the cold winter evenings. But this home feature can still be a major highlight when it’s warm outside. From fireplaces in the living room to the bedroom, proper staging should be a year-round focus.

 

The “Rule of Three” for Staging

living room fireplace professional staging_Home Matters 1216Your fireplace doesn’t need to dominate an entire wall to make an impact. Even smaller fireplaces can have a luxurious vibe. In this living room, basic brick is bordered with beautiful crown molding. This simple touch gives the narrow mantel a bolder effect. To help draw the eye upwards, hang a nice piece of large-scale artwork in the very center of the firebox.

 

Professional stagers will often utilize the “Rule of Three” to create intrigue with fireplaces. Choose items of a similar color scheme or pattern to complement the rest of your room. We decided to use copper-toned vases here with a delicate flower display. By working with accessories that have varying heights, you can create instant intrigue and drama to any size fireplace.

Fireplace Staging Symmetry

classic brick fireplace design_Home Matters Staging 1216Sometimes you need to keep your staging simple. If you’re pressed for square footage on either side of your fireplace, a small side table or floor lamp can help balance out the space. Traditional brick fireplaces with simple mantel shelves can get an updated look with a sleek flat-screen television. Just try to size your technology to your room. A bigger screen will actually make your living room feel cramped if it overpowers your fireplace.

 

Once you have your fireplace “centerpiece,” you can play with symmetry by using other small, matching décor pieces. Miniature plants or bookends can help frame the television and add balance to your room. If you need help finding the right style or pieces, just reach out to a local staging professional. Their design sense will help you accentuate the positives of your home in every corner.

 

Modern Bedroom Design

modern bedroom fireplace design_Home Matters 1216Accent colors on your fireside should play off the color palette already in the room. For the master bedroom, you’ll probably want to stick with calming and neutral paint colors—especially around the fireplace. A white-washed effect on this fire surround softens the hard brick and keeps the tone muted.

 

Bright whites are refreshing any time of year, so the fireplace can easily be the major focal point for this room in winter as well as springtime. The white shelf and molding go great with the darker tones we tend to use for traditional holiday decorating, and the classic design still looks fabulous in the warmer months too. Greenery and garland in winter—with white birch logs or colorful flowers in springtime—are winning combos for this classy white fireplace.

 

No matter what room your fireplace is in, dressing up your mantel can make a huge difference in your home’s selling price and how you enjoy your space. With the right staging and design style, your fireplace can easily be the one thing that ties your entire room together!

 

All images on this website are the property of Home Matters LLC. They come from our actual clients and staging projects, so be sure to contact us if you like what you see!


What Will Indiana Homebuyers Want in 2017?

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When you consider all the amenities we have living in the Crossroads of America, it’s really no surprise that the housing market in Indiana is staying strong. One real estate report shows that the number of homes sold in the 15-county region around Indianapolis has jumped 6% from September 2015 to September 2016. That includes a 12.4% increase in Boone County and a 9.4% boost in Marion County. A lot of the features homebuyers want most in 2017 are right here in Central Indy. It’s great news!

 

That being said, families who want to get the best investment for their home need to make sure that it stands above the masses—especially with the number of home sales are on the rise. You’ll be sitting pretty if your house gives buyers what they’re looking for. When we consider the latest trends and numbers, it all comes down to a few key features.

Modern Style

modern_kitchen_home_design_Home_Matters_1116Homebuyers today are all about the top-of-the-line appliances, kitchen décor, and hardware. But the request for “modern” does come with a bit of a caveat. Families still want a space that truly feels like home—not some sort of uber-modern medical institute. Blending modern design with softened home aesthetics was one of the top 2016 home trends, and it’s sure to continue into 2017.

 

It’s really good if you’ve already got an updated look in your kitchen. Keeping it clean and properly styled will have your potential buyers swooning. Try to minimize any kitchen knick-knacks and let your cabinets and beautiful granite countertops do all the talking. And if your kitchen is still leaving a little something to be desired—like you’re missing stainless steel or a big ol’ island in your kitchen—fear not. Home staging can help you out. The pros always know how to accentuate the positives in a room!

Home Office Space

home_office_design_Home_Matts_Indianapolis_Staging-1116More and more professionals are working remotely and need a quiet room in their home for work. You’re sure to get brownie points if your house can provide this coveted space. Even a room that you’ve used in the past for another purpose (for say, the kids’ playroom) can take on a new life when you’re getting ready to sell.

 

Consider staging it as an office or spare bedroom to show buyers that your property can give them what they need. We especially loved this home’s hardwood floors. The French doors give a cozy home-feel to this otherwise traditional office setup.

Energy Efficient

The perks of an energy-efficient home are many. Not only do you spend less on heating and cooling with an efficient space—it’s also means your home is a lot more comfortable throughout the year, even during our unpredictable Indiana weather. If your home was built after 2004, it’s bound to have a great HERS Index Score. (That’s how homes are ranked on energy efficiency.)

 

For spaces lacking in any of the categories, consider upgrading your HVAC unit, water heater, or windows to give buyers some of the upgrades they’re looking for. Even adding a new layer of insulation to your attic space can make a huge difference on your HERS ranking. It’s widely considered to be the single best upgrade you can make on your home because it has such a fantastic ROI.

Open Concept

historical_Indianapolis_home_staging_1116New home builds have relied on the popular open concept floorplans for years. Lots of couples love the idea of having big living room and kitchen spaces for socializing with friends. Growing families like being able to spend time together as a family after school and on the weekends in these areas too. Of course, not every home has the luxury of being truly “open.”

 

Older and historical homes have their own set of perks. The unique built-ins and wood detailing are what set these house apart. Even if your house has its rooms in neat little compartments, you can still give homebuyers that open concept sensibility with good home staging. Working with a professional stylist can help you maximize the square footage in every room by using with the right-sized furniture and tasteful pops of color. Show buyers your home has “flow,” and they’ll be more likely to put in an offer.

Location, Location, Location

Neighborhoods all around Indianapolis rank high for location because the cost of living is low and job market is doing well. It also helps that we so close to dozens and dozens of nature trails, parks, and sports clubs. Great schools keep families moving from out of state interested in our region too. When it comes to quality of life, there’s not much these counties are missing! Check out the latest reports on Niche.com to see how your community is doing.

 

For other home design and home staging advice, be sure to check out our other blog articles. And if you’re in the Indy area and have any questions about getting you home to be the best it can be, please give us a call! We’d love to hear from you!

 

All images on this website are the property of Home Matters LLC and come from our actual clients and staging projects.


The Foolproof Process for Choosing a New Paint Color

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Many homeowners don’t know where to start when picking out a new paint color. Since you can literally choose any color under the sun, it’s best to narrow your options right out of the gate. Follow our professional design advice and you’ll be sure to find the perfect hue for every room in your home!

Step 1: Consider the room’s purpose

The function of a room is a great indicator of where you should turn your color wheel. Odds are, you’ll want a paint color that mimics the natural vibe of the space. A somewhat brighter hue might be a good fit for a home office or craft room because it adds energy, whereas a darker palette might be better for areas that don’t need a lot of light, like a den or TV room. Generally speaking though, you don’t want dark colors in bedrooms. Designers and sleep studies agree: Muted, soft, and calming tones help encourage a good night’s sleep.

Step 2: Take inventory

Home Design Living Room Paint-Home Matters 0816One of the most common mistakes people make in home design is that they select paint color first—before even taking stock of their room’s furnishings and other accents. Of course you’ll want a shade of paint that you like on its own, but it’s even more important to consider the end result. Try to find a color that complements the fabric of your couch, your coffee table, and you favorite artwork, as well as your rug. Paint color should almost always be the last step in the design process because it’s what ties the whole room together.

 

Home Staging Dining Room-Home Matters 0816For a real designer’s touch, you’ll also need to pick paint that highlights your room’s best assets and permanent, architectural features. Big fireplaces and ceiling beams should also be considered in your inventory. Focal points always deserve to be shown off—especially when you’re looking for a paint colors that will help sell your home. When architectural features are a different color from the rest of the room, the eye will be naturally drawn to them.

 

Pretty crown molding details will stand out more when they’re painted bright white on contrasting walls, but you might try matching colors if you want a smaller space to look bigger. Monochromatic themes help the eye wander, so keep powder room walls and ceilings the same color to expand the space. (We love this trick!)

Step 3: Have a vision for the whole home

Home Staging Open Concept-Home Matters 0816Before you commit to any particular color, you’ll want to know that it will fit in with the grander theme of your home. This is especially true for open concept floor plans. You may not want to go with another bold color in the kitchen if the living room’s paint color is already set. Just as you select appropriate colors based off of what’s in the room, verify that the joining walls and the flow of the home can all balance too.

 

It’s so much easier to figure out a color direction after you’ve taken inventory of your room’s contents. But if you’re still at a loss, check out this room color chart from Real Simple. Their suggestions can help you start thinking about your room’s overall theme and how it works with the rest of your home.

Step 4: Sample lots of different hues

Home Staging Angled Ceiling-Home Matters 0816As it turns out, this can be both the easiest and hardest step in selecting a paint color. It’s simple enough to put sample splotches on the wall, but the tricky part is comparing. Even if you think you’ve found “the one” color, be sure to grab a couple different samples that are both lighter and darker than your original pick. Use disposable foam brushes to put sample swatches every wall in the room, and don’t forget to label each paint color name. Once the paint is dry, you’ll be ready to start analyzing.

 

You’re not just weighing one color over another, you’re also watching how a color will inevitably change throughout the day. Every wall can have a different look based on its angle and natural sunlight will shift every hour, so you’re probably looking at dozens of variants for a single paint color. Watch carefully and practice patience when analyzing which one is the best. Experienced pros might know the right paint color as soon as they see it, but these decisions can take time for the untrained eye.

 

With some smart planning and these designer tips you’ll be sure to pick the perfect color. But if you still want to paint your living room bright pink after reading this, we urge you to get a second opinion. A new coat of paint can truly transform any space—hopefully for the better! At Home Matters, we’re color-scheme experts. Our professional designers love giving Indianapolis-area homeowners the advice they need to make their space look and function at its best. Whether you need help styling a single room or your entire home, please feel free to reach out. Until then, happy painting!

 

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