Homeowners in the process of selling their house are often advised to include a wow factor, something that will show off one great attribute of each room. But why wait until you’re ready to sell? Spruce up the place now; you deserve to walk into a home that will bowl you over every day.
Well-made comfortable seating is a must but most couches are more utilitarian than beautiful. Add excitement to the living room with an oversized investment art piece. If you don’t like wall-size art, cleverly arrange a collection of smaller paintings, photos or sketches; or devote a corner to displaying an exquisite sculpture. For maximum impact, paint the wall behind the art a different color than the rest of the room. Whatever art you display the key is to light it properly, in a way that draws attention to the art’s finest aspects.
A stylish dining room can set an upscale tone for the whole home. Start with quality french dining furniture and a beautiful chandelier. Impress your family and friends at holiday dinners with white linens and formal place settings. For a more casual feel every day, replace the chandelier with a contemporary or farmhouse fixture, ditch the tablecloth in favor of a colorful table runner and top with seasonal blooms in a vintage zinc water pitcher.
The key in the bedroom is textiles and nothing compares to a bed you can sink into at the end of a long day. Sumptuous bedding can look and feel like you’re treating yourself to a luxury resort. Augment the bed set with interesting textures: nubby blankets, tweed pillows and raw silk or linen window treatments. Use coordinating shades in any color family you like—rich jewel tones, muted blues and greens, high-contrast black and white combinations—or for total sophistication stick with shades of white and cream. Underline with a large statement area rug in a plush pile or sensuous shag.