New Year, New Home?
Owner & Lead Stylist, The Den
Well, we made it everyone! 2021 is finally here. A new year is always full of hope, possibilities, excitement, and potentially a new home if you capitalized on Denver’s crazy hot market. Conversely, these tips and tricks are also great for prepping a home for sale and are always my top recommendations.
The Power of Paint
I cannot stress the importance of paint enough. My number one recommendation for sellers or new homeowners looking for a quick change is a fresh coat of paint. Paint can do wonders to instantly update and transform a space. For a clean slate, I always recommend going with a shade of white. While grey hues used to be the go-to, white with hints of grey/beige are fresher and more contemporary. Before you paint, I always recommend doing multiple test swatches in different areas of the room(s) you’re planning to paint. If you’re hesitant to go around painting swatches, grab a piece of drywall from the hardware store and paint those with your options to hold up in each room. The tiny sample cards are not a reliable source for making paint decisions. Some of my favorite shades of white are “Decorators White” by Benjamin Moore, “Stone White” by Glidden Duo, or “Snowbound” by Sherwin Williams. If you just moved into your new home and want to make an impact, select a room like an office to coat in a bold color from top to bottom. Trim, ceiling, and walls in the same tone.
If paint feels too daunting, wallpaper or peel and stick wallpaper could be a great alternative. Peel and stick paper is also surprisingly user-friendly for an afternoon DIY. Powder bathrooms are a great place to start and let your personality shine through. Sometimes the smallest of spaces can have the largest impact. For my personal powder bathroom, we selected “Dia de Dumbo” from Flavor Paper. It’s a quirky pattern of skeletons in Brooklyn to remind us of our time spent in New York and a pleasant surprise for guests. A great resource for peel and stick is Society6.com or WallsNeedLove.com. I’ve also had some luck with Amazon for affordable options and quick shipping if you want to get started right away.
There are a plethora of lighting resources readily available online, so stop starring at those builder-grade fixtures and make your mark on your home. Where should you start? Prioritize by switching kitchen and dining lighting, which will make a big impact in an instant. Don’t forget to address any pendant lighting over your island or in your powder bathroom. I am particularly drawn to counterweight pendant lighting right now as they feel like an elegant piece of jewelry hanging from the ceiling. For instance, the “Globe Counterweight Pendant” from France & Son is a great price and so dainty. If you have a room that lacks overhead light, add a couple of wall sconces that plug into the wall. Humanhome has the most incredible selection of plug-in sconces that will add the perfect touch of soft light.
Knobs & Pulls
If your kitchen is not the exact replica of your Pinterest board, but you’re not ready for a full renovation, I suggest starting small with the cabinet hardware. A simple hardware swap will do the trick and it’s something you can do yourself. For a vast assortment of affordable options and styles, try Build.com. For higher-end, more unique knobs and pulls head to SchoolHouse.com or Busterandpunch.com.