Fad Design Trends That You Should Avoid

There’s a lot of design trends that you’ll want to keep up with as a homeowner. What are people doing to their backyards to make them more beautiful? What types of countertops are buyers looking for these days? Some trends are beneficial. However, there’s a lot of trends that can be detrimental to your home. You want your home to be an expression of who you are, however, there are some trends that just aren’t attractive to buyers. 

Bright And Bold May Not Be Beautiful 

While that lime green room may look really attractive to you, it probably won’t look as good to anyone else. The best colors for paint inside of your home are the neutral colors. These include beiges, grays and soft whites. The most important thing is to keep your paint color consistent throughout your home. Not that you can’t change shades from room to room, but don’t make the paint change too drastic.  

No One Really Likes Shiny Things

As much as you may like shiny accessories throughout the home, it’s not going to be everyone’s thing. Although people will be decorating your home on their terms once they buy it, it’s important to note that busy isn’t always better. People need to be able to see past how you have set up your home to see the potential it holds for them.  

An Open Floor Plan That’s Too Open

You can take the idea of an open floor plan to an extreme. There are certain rooms in the home that just deserve privacy. The bathrooms and the bedrooms need walls surrounding them to give people the space and quiet that they need. If there’s no good way for you to fix this issue, you may want to find some room screens before your open house in order to keep buyers interested.  

Converted Rooms Squash Vision

If you have a third bedroom that you have converted into a home gym, that’s great for you. It may be hard for other people visiting the home to realize what the room could be used for. You may not have to move everything before an open house, but try to keep the room open for possibility.     

Carpeting Kills Buyer’s Dreams

There’s not many more terrifying things to buyers than walking into a home and seeing wall-to-wall carpeting. Their minds race, thinking of the possibilities of how to get beloved hardwood floors into the picture. If there’s floor under your carpet and you know you’re going to sell soon, you’d be wise to tear up the carpet and polish up those floors. It will attract more buyers and sell faster because people will know they have that much less work to do once they move in. 

The Takeaway

 The important point here is that when you’re getting ready to show your home, you’ll want to take your personality out of the picture. Buyers need to have space to get the vision to see how they can make your former home their own. Reversing a few of the personal upgrades that you have made to your home can help you to make it a more welcoming place for new owners to begin a journey.

Importance of Curb Appeal When Selling

Curb appeal may very well be one of the most important aspects of a home to spruce up when selling. Why is this, you ask? First impressions. Whether it be an open house or an individual showing, the outside of a house is the first thing a homebuyer physically sees. And it’s their first impression of your home.

First impressions set the pace of a showing. If the landscaping is lacking or nonexistent and the homebuyer is not excited to be viewing your home then it could leave them with a less than favorable impression, all before they step foot inside. If the house is exuding with appeal the homebuyer will be excited and eager to see more.

This is not to say that the homebuyer will purchase solely because of the curb appeal. The rest of the home should reflect what made that potential homeowner as excited as when they first pulled up and laid eyes on the house and accompanying land.

Here are a few tips to maximize curb appeal:

Paint: A fresh paint job lays the foundation of curb appeal. Painting or siding an entire home can be expensive, but painting the front door, porch and stairs can be fairly inexpensive and take only a day or two. Try adding a pop of color to the front door to really make your home stand out from the rest.

Mulch: Is there anything better than freshly laid mulch? The smell alone can set the tone at a showing, but it’s the color that brings it home. Try choosing dark colored mulch with a light colored home to really make it stand out.

Flowers & Bushes: Who doesn’t like flowers? You really can’t go wrong with any type of flower; they are all beautiful. However, it’s best to choose low maintenance flowers and bushes just incase the next homeowner isn’t looking for extensive yard work. The added color from the flowers and bushes only enhances the amazing curb appeal you will have when you’re done.

Lawn & Yard: Maintaining a healthy lawn and clean yard is essential. Burnt or patches of missing grass make the yard look unkempt and not cared for. To ensure bright, green grass invest in a spring clean up of the yard (many landscaping companies offer this service), which includes raking, fertilizing, mowing, etc. Seeding may also be necessary in areas of missing grass. Continue to water and mow throughout the spring, summer and fall for maximum beauty. Lastly, messy yards that include items that pile up over time such as toys, wood, etc. should be tidied up.

Curb appeal is not only important when selling a home but also maintaining the value of a home. A house is an investment so make sure to take care of it. Creating and maintaining curb appeal is just one way of caring for your home. Now get to it and good luck!

Get Great Style with These Windows Treatments

Update your window treatments to add a different feel to your home. You can choose from more than a dozen treatments, styles and designs. While shopping for window treatments, focus on color, texture and size. Thickness and material are two other important features to focus on when choosing window treatments. Important points and styles to consider include:

Check out these window treatment options

As a starting point, consider the number of windows that you have at your house. Also,ask yourself a few questions. For example – Do you want to leave any of the windows uncovered or decorated with only a top hem? How many single panes do you need to get treatments for? Walk through every room at your house. Your kitchen may have short, double pane windows, while your bathroom may have a short, single pane window.

Fabric and rods

Fabric that window treatments are made in vary, ranging from silk to cotton, lace, linen and polyester. Heavier fabric adds extra insulation to your house. On the flip side, heavier fabric blocks out natural light. After you choose the fabric that you want, it’s time to measure your windows.

Measure the length and width of your windows before you buy window treatments. You want enough material to cover a single or double pane, depending on the type of windows you have. Before you measure your windows, decide if you want to mount a rod outside or inside the window frame.

To mount your rod outside the window frame, take measurements horizontally from the top edge of the window. To mount the rod on the inside of the window frame, measure the actual window. Also, measure the length of windows.

Regarding getting the treatments that you want, you could buy two single pane treatments and use them on a double pane window. Just make sure that the top border fits both rods, as some double pane windows are designed to fit one long window rod instead of two short rods.


Cord blinds are traditional window treatments that make it a cinch to invite natural light into your home. A downside of installing cord blinds is that the cords could get tangled or become a safety hazard if young children play with them. Cordless blinds lower this danger. Just know that there are cords in cordless blinds.They stream through the blinds instead of hanging off a side of the blinds.


There are wood, bamboo, Roman, roller, cellular and metal window shades. Too add personality to shades, you could get custom designs on the shades. Darker shades can reduce outside noise at your house. To truly soundproof your home,consider installing soundproof windows. If you like a natural look, you could install bamboo or natural wood shades. It’s a great way to get an island look and feel.


Panels on shutters are thicker than panels found on traditional shades. Shutters work well with cottages and beachfront homes. A drawback with shutters is that they may bang during high winds or storms.

Headers to top off window treatments spotlight your design choices. There is so much that you can do with window treatments. You could even change window treatments in one to two rooms of your house every several years. It could give you the sense that you’re living in an upgraded space.