Staging A Bathroom – Preparing Your Home For Sale in Dallas GA

As you prepare your home for sale in Dallas GA, you will find that after decluttering closets, today’s assignment might be a little easier. You’ve spent a lot of time decluttering the inside of your house. Today is another purging and packing day, but the rooms you are tackling today may surprise you – the bathrooms.

That under-the-sink space can get unsightly, the medicine cabinets can get crowded, and the drawers can house stains and globs from things you don’t want to know, or show! And don’t get me started on the bathtub and shower. You know what you have to do, but let’s take a look so you don’t miss anything.

Your Assignment

If you think potential buyers are discreet, you’d be wrong. Buyers believe, and rightly so, that they have ‘carte blanche’ to look into every nook and cranny of your house, even your bathrooms. They have already looked in all your closets, cupboards, and under the beds. So, why not the bathrooms?

Buyers are looking for reasons NOT to buy your house. They are heavily invested in the process of elimination. Going from house to house with a checklist, buyers are anxious to eliminate as many houses as possible from their list of possibilities. It’s just easier that way.

Imagine a buyer coming into your bathroom and seeing rust stains or a soap scum coated shower door. How fast will they walk away? Now, granted, it may not be a deal breaker, but it will move your house from the “amazing” list to the “have to come up with a really good reason to look at this house again” list.

You might as well begin with the bathtub and shower. This is the area that catches a lot of the clutter and grime. Gather up the mess of bottles, back scrubbers, and bath toys and throw it all in a bin and set aside. Your bathtub must be empty, clean, and pristine. Now scrub, scrub, scrub until the area is sparkling like a gem.

The toilet needs a good scrubbing from top to bottom, not just the bowl. And, if you have any sort of cover on the toilet seat or tank cover, get rid of them. You want your bathroom to say “clean and germ free” and those covers, no matter how cute, do NOT say clean, or germ free. Save them for your new house.

Now empty out the counter and under the sink, the medicine cabinet, any closets, cupboards, shelves, or drawers. Put it all in bins and set aside. Get out your favorite cleaner and scrub everything until it sparkles and squeaks. You may also want to use this time to wash or replace your shower curtain, window coverings, rugs, and even your towels. Find a new out-of-sight place for your toilet plunger and scrubber.

All those necessities you’ve thrown in bins can now be sorted into convenient storage containers. And more importantly, hide your stuff away again after using it.

You have a clean slate now in the bathroom. Go ahead and add decorative towels and pretty soap. Remember the model homes? That’s the bathroom you are shooting for here. Everything must be presentable and pretty.

Besides being clean, why did I have you strip the bathroom bare? Even in the bathrooms, you need to give the impression of a lot of room – aka space. A tiny bathroom can seem larger than it is when it is stripped of clutter. Keep the surfaces clean and clutter free to give the buyer a feeling of more room to move around in.

When a buyer walks into your house and starts opening doors and pulling out drawers, you don’t want to panic. With today’s assignment completed, you can be proud of your perfectly presentable bathrooms. This was a hard day. Give yourself a break now and enjoy a nice hot shower. 

Create Clutter Free Closets

One of the first things buyers notice in a house is space and real estate in Dallas GA typically comes with plenty of that. We’re talking about not only square footage, but closets and other storage. Remember how spacious everything looked at the homes you viewed in your first staging assignment? You want to create the same feeling in your house because a buyer wants space. You may be wondering if the actual size of the closets is notated on the listing, what is the problem if you leave your stuff stuffed in there? Visualization – that’s the problem.

You need potential buyers to think you have the World’s Largest Closets. Of course, making the closets physically larger isn’t normally an option, but you can make them appear larger. Again, visualization is everything. The buyer has the dimensions, but the eye is the real measure. How does one accomplish this optical illusion? By making it appear as if your closets have plenty of space still available to be filled.

Your Assignment

Today you will be decluttering your closets. It may sound like a lot, but by approaching the decluttering with a plan, you can get it done. How? Well, as hard as this may seem at first, the plain fact is you will need to get rid of your stuff.

Of course, I’m not asking you to throw away anything. If you want to keep that old bowling ball, go right ahead. If your collection of old picture frames makes you happy, then by all means keep them. But you have to get it all out of sight while your house is on the market.

This may require some pre-planning on your part, depending on how much stuff you have to stash. Perhaps you will need to stock up on boxes or plastic bins. I’m not suggesting you spend a lot of money here, but you will need something to put your stuff in. A popular place to get good sturdy boxes that are the right size to handle easily is at a liquor store. They are free and small enough to lift and move around. And as you box things up, make sure you label the boxes so you know what it is in them.

Once you have the boxes, you will need a place to put them. If you have storage that’s convenient, use that. A temporary storage unit may be worth the few dollars it costs in return for a successful sale. If you have one spare room, a pile of boxes hidden behind a decorative screen is less distracting than a pile of junk stuffed in a closet taking up precious space.

Now that you have something to store your stuff in and somewhere to put it, it’s time to get cracking. Start with the easiest closets first. How about the entryway closet? When you get done decluttering it, your entryway closet should have nothing more in it than a couple of seasonal coats, a pair of boots or two, some accessories, and a few nice looking hangers. Nothing else. Be sure the floor is practically bare and you can see all four walls and the ceiling.

The less stuff in your closets, the better. It’s all about s-p-a-c-e. If you have linen closets and utility closets, repeat the same process as you did with the entryway closet. Sort out anything that is not absolutely necessary and store it, leaving lots of room in the closet.

It’s time to move into the bedrooms. This will be a bit more difficult. Here you need to take everything out – everything. Reduce your clothing down to about a dozen outfits. Match them up and hang them up neatly on matching hangers. Yes, make your clothes sparse and match the hangers. Seem silly? It won’t to a buyer. Box up anything and everything that is not being worn currently. Extra clothes and shoes need to go away. The out-of-season wardrobe items and any of those clothes you won’t wear in the next several months need to be boxed up. The shelves can have a few boxes and the floor can have a few pairs of shoes, but when a potential buyer opens the door, they should be able to see all the surfaces, walls, and ceiling.

What you are trying to accomplish with this clean sweep is to give the buyer a good look at the size of your closets. Make sure each closet is no more than half full. You want to create the illusion of space. If the buyer sees how much MORE room you have to fill-up, they will instantly feel the closets are spacious. If the buyer opens a closet door and the contents are bulging right out into the room, they will know immediately that they will never get all their stuff in that space.

So, box it up and get it out of there. Your closets need to scream “Look at all the room in here!” Without that, a potential buyer will walk away and never look back. Get busy and get this very important decluttering chore done so you can move on to the next step. And if you want some tips, revisit our closet organization article.

The added benefit of doing this now, is that you won’t have to pack it all up later or move so much stuff when you sell your house!

 

Maximizing The Gain On Your Home Sale

Minor repairs and quick fixes can produce significant returns in the form of a quick home sale and/or selling price. But as a homeowner, you need to determine which repairs will bring you the best return, and what your objectives are. While staging a home for sale may not be right for everyone, preparing your home for sale is recommended to make your home more marketable and reduce the time that it is on the market.

According to a study by HomeGain in 2012, the top 5 home improvements that are recommended in order of importance include:

  • Clean & declutter
  • Lighten & brighten
  • Repair electrical & plumbing
  • Landscaping
  • Staging

Here are some estimates of what each project might cost and the benefit it would bring. Buyers will form an opinion of your home quickly, and making a good first impression might bring significant results.

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Rank DIY Project Cost Benefit ROI
Clean & declutter $402 $2624 403%
Lighten & brighten $424 $1690 299%
Repair electric & plumbing $808 $3175 293%
Landscaping $564 $1777 215%
Staging $724 $2145 196%
 *information from HomeGain Home Improvement Survey

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Home sellers should keep in mind that preparing your home for sale is different than investing in it. Walk through your house objectively and make notes on what you think needs to be repaired, refreshed or replaced. Then review the list with us. Cleaning and decluttering as well as “depersonalizing” your home can go a long way in making a good first impression.

Prioritizing & Budgeting

Be realistic in your objectives. Prepare a budget for the necessary home repairs and prioritize which ones would bring the most return on investment. Keep in mind that some of the items on your list may not offer a financial return, but may be critical to the success of selling your home.

Which items can you do yourself?

These items usually require the least amount of money, but the most amount of time. If you have limited funds available for repairs, consider the tasks you can complete yourself.

Which items must be done?

We will help you determine an improvement strategy based on your subdivision and local market, as well as the age and condition of your home. Each situation is unique, and ultimately you will need to determine what you are prepared to spend in order to achieve a successful sale of your home.

Note: Improvements may not increase the sale price of your home, but may help you sell your home faster.

If you need help, you may find some resources available in our resource directory.  So what improvements are you planning? 

 

Understand HOA & CCR When Looking At Homes For Sale in Dallas GA

As you look around at homes for sale in Dallas GA, you will become aware that many of them are in subdivisions with homeowners associations. And the first step as a potential homeowner would be to understand what that means to you. Homeowners’ Associations are usually run by elected Board members who interpret and enforce HOA rules and must operate under the provisions of the Georgia Property Owners’ Association Act, Article 44-3-220 of the Georgia state code.  The Board is appointed with ensuring that the community is maintained in accordance with the Bylaws of the HOA, hopefully ensuring your property value. They can yield significant legal power over the homeowners up to and including placing a lien on a property if a homeowner falls behind on his dues, or does not maintain their property in accordance with the bylaws, which can also result in fines and a lien on a property. The homeowners’ association will probably exercise a lot of control over how you use your property.

CC&Rs

CCR’s are publicly recorded deed restrictions. In subdivisions, a home’s transfer deed will usually include limitations on how the property can be used, and these limitations are usually controlled by the homeowners’ association. Some common CCR items typically include  limitations on what color or colors you can paint your house, the color of the curtains or blinds visible from the street (usually white), and could include the type of fence you can install on your property. 

Residents in subdivisions with homeowners’ associations should confirm what the CCR’s are before moving forward with any home modifications since failure to do so could be costly. Potential buyers should read the CC&Rs carefully before making a final decision. If you don’t understand something, ask for more information, and also seek legal advice if necessary.

Maintenance Fees

Homeowners’ Associations usually require a maintenance to cover the costs of common property maintenance, which depending on the community amenities and number of homes can range from a few hundred dollars a year to a monthly fee.  The fees usually include a specified amount for assessments and/or planned improvements. Buyers should be aware of these costs as they plan their budgets accordingly when determining what they can afford. 

FSBO vs. MLS Homes for Sale in Dallas GA

FSBO Homes for Sale in Dallas GA, more commonly known as For Sale By Owner – isn’t that what every home sale is? Not quite. The words say it -you, the owner, are selling your home. But the difference between a DIY project and hiring a professional is the process of how the project is completed.

Here are some quick facts:

All of these homes will be competing with yours. But they all have a real estate professional working with them. Now, if you are a successful DIY person, then FSBO might be right for you. But when you are preparing to sell your home, there are things that a real estate professional can help you with. So let’s look at some interesting statistics from the National Association of Realtors.

For Sale By Owner (FSBO) Statistics

  • FSBOs accounted for 9% of home sales in 2012 selling for 22% less than an agent-assisted home
Home Sale Marketing
  FSBO Real Estate Agent
Yard sign:  48% 100%
Listing on Internet:  32% 100%
   For-sale-by-owner websites:  20% NA
   Sites with real estate listings (e.g. Yahoo!, Google, etc.):  11% 100%
   Social networking websites (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, etc.):  10% 100%
   Video hosting websites (e.g. YouTube, etc.):  2% 100%
   Friends, relatives, or neighbors:  30% 100%
   Print newspaper advertisement:  14% TBD
Open house:  12% Broker Open House
Direct mail (flyers, postcards, etc.):  2% TBD
Video:  1% TBD
For-sale-by-owner magazine:  1% NA
Did nothing 31% 0%

Most difficult tasks for FSBO sellers:

  • Understanding and performing paperwork: 18%
  • Getting the right price: 14%
  • Preparing/fixing up home for sale: 11%
  • Helping buyer obtain financing: 6%
  • Attracting potential buyers: 6%
  • Selling within the planned length of time: 6%
  • Having enough time to devote to all aspects of the sale: 1%

If you were working with a real estate professional, you would have much more marketing exposure as you can see from the chart above, as well as assistance with the items above to make the process a little less stressful. If you were working with me, you would have all of that and also benefit from a website specifically about your home as well as social media marketing strategies, and my checklist book on Getting It Sold with checklists to walk you through preparing each area of your house to get it sold. 

So do you really want to spend what limited free time you have selling your home or do you want to spend it looking at your next home and leave the sale of your current home to a professional.

Next steps:

If you are looking to sell your home, let us know. We will be happy to meet with you and discuss your options.

Holiday Party Liability | Georgia Social Host Liability

Many of us look forward to entertaining friends and family during the holiday season. The last thing on your mind is homeowner insurance and holiday party liability. But statistics show that you would be well advised to think about it and review your homeowners insurance policy to confirm your coverage. Some of the things others have experienced:

  • theft of holiday gifts and/or valuables
  • intoxicated guests incapable of driving home
  • guest accidents from unsafe holiday decor
  • being held responsible for medical bills, vehicle repair costs, lost time from work, and even wrongful death

[pullquote style=”left” quote=”dark”]We see theft frequency increases around the holidays with claim notices indicating that gifts/recent purchases were stolen. [/pullquote]

Holiday Party Infographic According to Tim Bowen, Director of Homeowners’ Claims at MetLife Auto & Home, “The holiday season and transition to winter in many parts of the country generates higher frequency [certain types of home-related claims] than previous months. We see theft frequency increases around the holidays with claim notices indicating that gifts/recent purchases were stolen. ” And MetLife is so concerned about holiday safety, that they prepared the infographic on the right sharing some of the seasonal claim statistics in order to increase awareness.

Social Host Alcohol Liability

According to Wikipedia:

[message type=”simple”]Social host liability …  imposes liability on social hosts as a result of their serving alcohol to adults or minors. Persons subject to social-host liability in criminal and civil actions are frequently those that provided alcohol to the obviously intoxicated or to minors who subsequently are involved in vehicle crashes or other activities causing death or injury to third parties, but these are not necessary conditions. A social host is most often a private individual who serves alcohol in a non-commercial setting.[/message]

The victim in this situation can be a third party injured or killed by a drunk driver. While the drunk driver can receive criminal charges, Georgia state statutes provides that as a result Social Host Alcohol Liability, victims can bring claims against you as well through Social Host Alcohol Liability.

Not wanting to be Scrooge, what are your options?

  • Review your homeowners policy with your insurance agent to ensure that you have adequate liability coverage
  • Purchase an umbrella policy, and check to see if it covers more than one event – since you like to entertain, this policy may offer you coverage for multiple events
  • Don’t serve alcohol, but have fun creating non-alcoholic holiday drinks

Host Safety:

  • Limit your guest list to people you know.
  • Communicate your no-alcohol plans.
  • Plan your menu and event activities accordingly.
  • Arrange transportation or overnight accommodations for friends/guests that should not drive home.
  • If you serve alcohol, stop serving alcohol well before the time the party is to end.
  • Collect car keys at the beginning of the evening to ensure that those incapable of driving can’t.
  • Even though you don’t need to drive home, you should be the most sober to ensure the safety of your guests.
  • Be prepared with designated drivers and taxi service.

You can read about some other holiday party tips here.

Enjoy the holiday season and be safe. Remember to not drink and drive.

What’s Included? | Homes for Sale in Acworth GA

Remember fighting with your siblings and friends over belongings? It’s mine, no it’s mine! Well, that argument can occur again when buying or selling a home. Is it personal property or fixture? There are so many amazing items in homes for sale in Acworth GA. Assumptions are made by sellers on what they expect to keep and take with them to their next home, and buyers envision some of those items as they begin to virtually decorate their new home. 

So who wins the argument? It depends. The legal rule is that real estate conveys and personal property can be removed by the seller. Still confused? In real estate terminology, fixtures stay. A fixture is something that is permanently attached to the property. If a dispute occurs, some legal tests are used to make a determination:

  • Method of attachment – can it be removed without causing damage? An entertainment center secured with a few screws is different from one that has a base, crown molding and multiple pieces attached to the wall. Removing the first would be like taking a painting down, but the second would require dismantling and could cause damage to the wall as well as to the unit itself. The second piece is a fixture. Some items that would be considered fixtures include built-in appliances, ceiling fans, shutters.
  • Existence of an agreement – if the listing states that all window treatments are included, but you only meant the blinds, this would be a problem and could result in the seller leaving the window treatments. The most common items that are disputed usually include draperies, light fixtures and appliances. A clear understanding of these items in your listing would probably help.
  • Adaptation of item – is the item being used as personal property or has it been modified to the room? A refrigerator is usually personal property, but if it has been modified so that the doors match the kitchen cabinets, it is now a fixture. Sometimes this can become a little blurry like if a window valance is attached to a window to match the room decor. Can the valance be removed without causing damage to the window frame or does the buyer assume it is staying since it is attached? The same could be said of a chandelier.

 If you have items in your home that are sentimental or that you intend to take with you, you might want to replace them prior to listing your home. Even if you do, there still may be some gray areas:

Window Treatments:  Window treatments that include curtain rods, cornices, blinds, shutters, and shades have often been thought of as fixtures.  While these may be fixtures, the curtains, draperies, liners, sheers, etc., can be easily removed; yet the two become an area of dispute and should be clearly communicated in a listing to eliminate any problems later on.

Appliances: Most appliances are personal property, like refrigerators, washers and dryers which simply need to be unplugged to move them.  But some might be connected to gas lines or water filtration hookups, creating a question about whether they are personal property or fixtures.

Accessories: Many homes now have gas fireplaces, and while the fireplace is a fixture, the gas logs are not since they can easily be removed. If you have purchased expensive gas logs, you may want to take them, which again needs to be specified in the listing.    

Tips for Sellers & Buyers in Homes for Sale in Acworth GA    

As a seller:

  • Don’t list or show the house with any fixtures you want to keep.  Replace them instead.  By replacing them you eliminate the confusion and potential disputes later on.
  • If you aren’t prepared to replace the items that won’t be included in the sale, make sure it’s clear to prospective buyers, spelling it out in flyers, during open houses, to their agents, etc. Keep in mind that if these are items that must be included for the sale, i.e., light fixtures, etc., then you absolutely must be prepared to replace them with similar items. For example, while an antique chandelier may be excluded from the sale of your home, you must be prepared to replace it with another chandelier prior to closing.
  • Review any offers completely to ensure that items that may have been listed as excluded, have not been included in an offer. Even though you excluded them, a buyer may want them and so includes them in their offer. If you accept the offer, you will be legally obligated to leave the item and it now changes from personal property to a fixture, as explained in Existence of an agreement above.

As a buyer:

  • When presenting your offer, be sure to include a listing the items you want to stay in the house (both fixtures and personal property), be specific even including makes, models, and colors.  By being as specific as possible, you eliminate controversy later. 
  • Do not wait until closing to discuss these items. It can be the difference between a completed transaction and failure to close.
  • Ensure that all agreements are in writing. If you decide to pursue legal action, failure to have these agreements written into the purchase contract or amendments prior to closing, can result in a futile and disappointing effort.

Homemade Green Cleaners

Sometimes you discover green cleaners in the most unique circumstances. A few weeks ago I spent an entire night working on a project and fell asleep around 5am, accidently leaving a red marker open on my bed. When I awoke later, I found it had created a large red blob on my white bedding. UGH! After treating it with a stain remover, and soaking the bedding before washing, I washed with a laundry detergent that boasts of its stain removal powers. Imagine my disappointment when the stain was still there! After some research, I tried salt – didn’t work. And finally, tried nail polish remover (Acetone) – which I diluted with water and placed on the comforter and quickly washed again. VOILA! No more stain.

[pullquote style=”left” quote=”dark”]I didn’t know laundry soaps include toxins[/pullquote]So it got me thinking – why was I wasting money on all of these cleaners, when “natural” products more often than not solved my cleaning issues. And then I started looking at the labels on the products I was using. These products contain so many chemicals, and many of them are toxins – a few of which are: phenols, phosphates and artificial fragrances. This means that our clothes, sheets, blankets, towels and everything else we wash with most commercial laundry soaps are transferring the toxins from these products into our bodies. 

Why Use Green Cleaners?

Take a look at some of the chemicals in many of the products you buy in the supermarket:

Phenols are made from crude oil by an industrial process. The dangers of phenols are many, including heart, lung, kidney and liver damage. Since the skin very easily absorbs phenols you should avoid any laundry products with these toxic chemicals. If swallowed, phenols can cause circulatory collapse, coma and even death.

Phosphates are used to soften hard water so clothes absorb water and detergent to lift soil from the fibers of your clothes. The problem here is that phosphates can cause skin irritation, nausea and vomiting. Another issue is that phosphates released into the environment cause an imbalance in the ecosystem. This is why many states have regulated the amount of phosphates that can be used.

Artificial fragrances are made from mostly petroleum products and various man-made chemicals that can be hazardous to your health. Man-made, or synthetic fragrances, contain phthalates. Phthalates are known endocrine disruptors which means they interfere with the natural hormone processes of the human body. Phthalates are linked to birth defects, learning and developmental disabilities and cancer. It’s hard to find out exactly what other chemicals are in these synthetic fragrances because they are considered “trade secrets” and manufacturers do not have to disclose them.

Those are just three of the many toxic chemicals found in commercial laundry soap, not to mention the many other home cleaners we use. That is why making your own homemade laundry soap is preferable for your health. Homemade laundry soap is easy to make and takes only a few ingredients, many of which you already have in your pantry.

 

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Next steps:

You can purchase decorative containers for your laundry soap as well as creating labels for them. As our neighborhoods become more focused on green living, like NatureWalk in Seven Hills, I’m sure more of us will be turning to natural products. Did you make your own laundry detergent? How did it work? Let us know!

Black Friday Changes

This is the year that Black Friday changes and has created the most controversial start to the holiday shopping season. Most major department stores will be open on Thanksgiving Day. 

Town Center at Cobb was closed for the last time on Thanksgiving Day last year when it opened at midnight. But like most malls around the country, this year they will open on Thanksgiving Day for  an estimated 41 hours of non-stop shopping. Macy’s and JC Penney have announced that they for the first time, they will be open on Thanksgiving Day.  While Black Friday has become a holiday tradition for many, the switch to Thanksgiving Day has created an online controversy and commentary for many articles

The one positive for some, and negative for others, is that this will be the shortest holiday shopping season since 2002 – shorter than last year’s by six days. Which in “retailese” will cost retailers $1.5 billion in online sales alone according to a recent study by Adobe, and the estimates are still out on brick and mortar sales. 

So the malls and large chains will offer extended hours with lots of promotions. But in our corner of Dallas and Acworth, we have several local retailers that will continue their regular hours while offering unique items to delight shoppers and gift recipients. And while you plan your shopping expeditions, please don’t forget them or the basic tips below:

Some basic tips from the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC):

  1. Do not buy more than you can carry. Plan ahead by taking a friend with you or ask a store employee to help you carry your packages to the car.
  2. Shop online with companies you know and trust. Check a company’s background if you are not familiar with it. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.
  3. Save all receipts. Print and save all confirmations from your online purchases.   Start a file folder to keep all receipts together and to help you verify credit  card or bank statements as they come in. 
  4. Consider alternate options to pay for your merchandise, such as onetime or multiuse disposable credit cards or money orders, at online stores and auction sites.
  5. Wait until asked before taking out your credit card or checkbook. An enterprising thief would love to shoulder surf to get your account information.
  6. Deter pickpockets. Carry your purse close to your body or your wallet inside a coat or front trouser pocket.
  7. Have your keys in hand when approaching your vehicle. Check the back seat and around the car before getting in.
  8. Do not leave packages visible in your car windows. Lock them in the trunk or, if possible, take them directly home.
  9. Tell a security guard or store employee if you see an unattended bag or package. The same applies if you are using mass transit.
  10. If you are shopping with children, make a plan in case you get separated. Select a central meeting place and make sure they know they can ask mall personnel or store security employees if they need help.

Color Trends 2014 Part 9 – Home Decor

The final color trend of 2014, this palette offers bold and vibrant colors that evoke an eccentric decor. The colors offer a creative flair to any decor with their playful hues including yellow, blue, green, strawberry and rouge.

Color Trend 2014 – Eccentricities

Declaring your bold personality in your home décor can be an adventure . While many homeowners might choose to use this palette for accent pieces and accessories, others may accept the challenge to experiment an discover their own unique eccentricities in their environment.

But as I said before – with any trend, think before you jump in. Color trends can be great, but how does the color make you feel? Just because it’s a “hot” color, doesn’t mean it’s the right one for you. Understand the psychology of the colors you are choosing, and whether they are the right colors for your room.

 

Lemon Zest Decor

Lemon Zest Decor - Color Trend 2014

Green Flash Decor

Green Flash Decor - Color Trend 2014

Rouge Red Decor

Rouge Red Decor - Color Trend 2014

Skydiver Decor

Skydiver Decor - Color Trend 2014

Psychology of Colors

 

LEMON ZEST

analytical
creativity
happiness
optimistic
wisdom

GREEN FLASH

growth
healing
nurturing
positive
soothing

ROUGE RED

assertive
exciting
motivating
sensuality
stimulating

SKYDIVER

calm
confidence
reliable
responsible
tranquil

Check out our Pinterest boards for some ideas on how these colors have been incorporated into home decor. And as this series ends, remember that while decorating a home, colors and combinations must be appealing, evocative, transformative and “on-target”.

Final Steps

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