If you find out that you have enough furniture, but just need to embellish your home a bit more, here are some ideas: • Brighten it up. Do you have a “sad” paint color in any or all rooms? Is the house monochromatic? Consider repainting rooms according to their purpose, such as using soft neutrals like mild yellows or creams that set off a glow when the sun shines in the dining room. Add an accent wall in the living room by choosing a complementary color, such as a calming sage green or a deep red against taupe walls. Whatever you do, make the home welcoming. • New “clothes.” What would happen if you wore the same shirt without washing it every day for a week? It would look worn and dirty, and begin to smell. What about your home? Maybe it’s time to re-dress the windows and sofas. Updating the window coverings to complement the paint color and re-covering or purchasing new accent sofa pillows that pop can create a quick upgrade to your home. Also, update your bathroom collection with clean and bright towels and bathmats. • Bring it to life. Consider strategically adding a fresh plant or vase of flowers to the different rooms throughout the home. The keyword is strategically. This doesn’t mean adding a floor plant in every corner and putting a vase of flowers on every surface. Also, be smart! You want to be careful to avoid flowers with heavy pollen, such as lilies, to discourage any allergic reactions among potential buyers. • Slow things down. Adding lightly scented candles here and there and lighting them when showing the home will create a calmer atmosphere. Again, be careful to avoid heavy scents that encourage sneezing or instant headaches.
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