Style and Inspiration
Today I wanted to go outside my normal real estate blog where I talk about the nuts and bolts of a transaction and do’s and don’ts of Buyers and Sellers. I want to give some thoughts on style and inspiration. Full disclaimer: I am NOT a designer or a decorator. I leave that up to the professionals – and I have great referrals if you are looking for one. I am a Realtor who sees A LOT of houses. With A LOT of different styles.
Color: Don’t be afraid of it! Small rooms with bold colors can be really cool. If your daughter loves pink, paint her room pink. It’s just paint and it can be changed. Dark colors should be used with caution but can be a dramatic accent. Your inspiration here may be what’s trendy or what you saw in a model home.
Art: Display what you love. If you have picked up things in your travels, put them out for people to see and talk about. You may love music and want to frame album covers or concert posters. Go for it. Paintings don’t have to be by a famous artist for them to have meaning. I have pieces from art fairs, paintings of my animals, quotes, Aerosmith photographs, posters, family heirlooms, Goodwill finds, vintage items and a hand carved chess set. Items of glass, wood, plastic and metal. There are no rules with art. If you like it, use it. Inspiration for art comes from all sorts of places. It doesn’t have to necessarily mean anything, it just needs to make you smile.
Furniture: While a color theme or palette is nice, don’t feel like you have to buy a set straight out of a magazine. If you love your grandmother’s chair, use it. You can incorporate other things to tie it together. Use modern and art deco. Use mid-century modern and traditional. Use old and new. Hard lines and curves. Furniture inspiration can come from family, stores, magazines, or Facebook Marketplace!
The bottom line is, it’s your space. It’s your style. Your style doesn’t have to have to be defined or have a name. You do you. One last disclaimer: When you are ready to sell your house, colors may need to be changed, certain art may need to be taken down and some furniture may need to be stored. That’s OK, you’re moving. We don’t live in a house the same when we are selling it. Listen to the professionals to let you know what is going to appeal to the most people. At that point, you’re looking for a Buyer, and they aren’t buying your style – just the house 🙂
Michelle Froedge is a residential Realtor and Principal Broker in the Greater Nashville and Williamson County areas of Tennessee. “Mom” to four-legged fur baby, Tyler, Auntie to Zelamie, she is a vegetarian and sings in her spare time. Michelle has lived in Nashville and Franklin since 1997 and has been selling homes since 2004.