Painting your home before you list is the most cost effective updates you can do when preparing your home for sale.  When the house is clean and the walls are freshly painted, buyers will feel that they can move in and start enjoying your house right away.

Before starting any do-it-yourself home painting, make sure you have clearly defined goals of what you want to do. Whether you are repainting the entire exterior of your house, or just certain interior areas, you should already know how much paint will be needed, the right tools to be used, and colours that have been selected for each particular area.

Painting the house yourself can save you a lot of money over hiring someone else to do it, so don’t hesitate to invest in helpful DIY resources that can prepare you for the painting process, especially if this will be the first time you will be undertaking a project of this sort. Local paint stores such as Benjamin Moore can be a wealth of information when it comes to type of paint required for the best coverage or how much paint you will actually require.

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Did you know that the colours and hues we see around us can affect our creativity, peace of mind, appetite, and general mood?  Hence the reason Home Stagers often recommend that colours that you repaint be from a neutral palette… however neutral does not mean boring!  Using subtle colour can actually enhance the buyer’s experience, so repaint walls that have strong colours with rich neutral hues.

Cool colours such as blue, green, or pastel shades are easy on the eyes and can promote a relaxing ambience, which are great for bedrooms.


With the great primers and paints now available it is easy to update an outdated kitchen.  Don’t limit your creativity to the walls… rethink the colour of those kitchen cabinets. It will be much cheaper than re-facing them.  If you like to keep the kitchen simple and low-key, shades of grey or white are unobtrusive and also easy to match with different colours of kitchen appliances.

First impressions are everything, so make sure you do what you can to make your home appear bigger, brighter, cleaner, warmer and more welcoming to prospective buyers.


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A couple of weeks ago we posted an article on lighting.  However we decided to break out Pendant Lighting, as we get asked all the time about styles, proportions etc… Hopefully this will give you a better idea on how to get the most from your pendant light fixtures.

Watch your head:  If you want to hand the pendant light fairly low, consider what’s going on  in the area below.  Home with high ceilings should have ample clearing space for pendant lights with a long cable or chain, if your ceiling is standard height make sure that the cord is shorter in order to get the look you want.

Over the Table: Make sure your pendant light looks amazing over your dining table but working out the correct proportions. Ideally the shade should have the diameter no greater than half the width of the table

More than One: When hung in pairs or groups, pendant light can look stunning.  They work particularly well over dining tables, kitchen island units.  You can even hand the cable at different lengths to create a dramatic look.

Focal Point:  Choose the shade to add drama to a neutral room or to enhance your overall color scheme.  Remember you can easily change the shade for a new look!

It’s hard to believe that there are rules about decorating with area rugs, but there is! The does and don’ts of area rugs are fairly simple and greatly depend on floor type and the room.  You can use area rugs as accents to brighten up your space or to separate areas of a room.

Welcome to Area Rugs 101: Your Guide to decorating with Rugs!

  • Area rugs come in all shapes and sizes. Don’t be afraid to opt for unusual shapes and sizes, they add interest to a room and can be used to spice up drab interiors. Circle shaped area rugs are awesome under round tables, make your eating area stand out with a rug that compliments your kitchen décor.
  • Floor runners are great for hallways and front entrances. Not only to they protect the flooring in these high traffic areas but they create an elegant “map”, for visitors to follow when they come over. Keep in mind that floor runners should be 4 inches narrower than your hallway and about 18- 24 inches shorter.
  • Got a large living room? Use a rug to separate the space into separate spaces. An area rug can be used to define a seating space or reading corner. Remember that if you are going to place more than one rug in a space, they need to be different sizes. Marea rugany rugs of the same shape and size create a choppy feely to the room and make the room appear smaller.
  • Square or rectangular rugs make great dividers and can add a posh touch to a living room of family room.
  • If you are going to use a rug to divide a room, make sure that it is large enough to accommodate your main furniture grouping.
  • You can take advantage of the many different types of rugs on the market today to experiment with textures. From shag to bamboo, each rug will add a unique look to your room.
  • Color, color, color! Too timid to paint your bedroom wall that beautiful red you saw at the paint store last week? Find a large area rug in that color and place it under your bed!   All the beauty of the color without the commitment.

Now that you have the basics down, go out and enjoy the wonderful world of area rugs!