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Design Tips to Increase the Value of Your Home

Hi Everyone!  I did a blog swap this week with Carla Knight Homes, a Denver based real estate company.  My blog post, about what buyers are looking for in a home, is up on their site if you would like to read it.    Here you go –  I’ll be back next week!

Are you looking to increase the value of your home before selling? The best thing you can do to raise the selling price of your home is to use some design tricks that will make your home more appealing to the buyer.

A complete home renovation is costly and not worth the amount of money and work that goes into it. That’s why there are a lot of ways to redesign your home at an affordable price so you can sell it for more. In this blog, we will discuss the top eight design tips that will help you increase the value of your home.

Design Tips to Increase the Value of Your Home:

  1. Keep It Simple

Don’t worry about going above and beyond with your design. A lot of the time people like a more natural looking home so they can envision the way they want it when they move in. That’s why neutral colors for your walls, floors, and furniture can be best when you’re looking to sell. 

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Keep things simple with neutral colors so that potential buyers can envision their own things in the space. (Photo courtesy of Laura Medicus Interiors)
  1. Paint for Points

Another great design tip that can increase the value of your home is to paint the walls. A fresh coat of paint can go a long way, especially if it’s in a favorable color. The colors used most to up the value of a home are greige (grey + beige) for the outside, taupe for the living room, blue or purple in the bathroom, and blue for the kitchen, bedroom, and dining room.  Earth tones used in and out are also very popular these days.

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Edgecomb Gray by Benjamin Moore is a popular warm gray.


  1. Vintage is Retro

You don’t have to stress about making everything in your home modern before selling it. Vintage is actually becoming more and more popular. So if your home has old stained glass windows or a rustic feel, you shouldn’t worry about changing it. Vintage vibes generally add to a home’s charm and character that could even cause a buyer to pay more for it.

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Don’t do away with everything vintage! Buyers like the charm and uniqueness that vintage style homes bring. (Photo Courtesy of Laura Medicus Interiors)
  1. Kitchen is King

The kitchen is a huge selling point for people, so with the right design it could put your house even higher on the market. The best way to design your kitchen, if it’s in your budget, is to add as much storage space as possible. The kitchen is a place for lots of pots, pans, plates, utensils, etc. That’s why people love a kitchen that can look clean and store plenty of useful items and so forth.

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Buyers like a clean looking kitchen with lots of storage! (Photo Courtesy of Laura Medicus Interiors)
  1. Go Green

A home that offers energy efficient aspects such as solar panels, LED light bulbs, or other amenities can actually raise the resale value. This is because it will save the buyer a lot of money on energy bills in the long run and it’s better for the environment. So if you’re looking to redesign your home to go up in value, you should definitely consider going green.

  1. Lights & Ambience

Just by putting in new light fixtures and better light bulbs, you can transform a room completely. The best place to add these features is in the bathroom, bedroom, and kitchen. These are the places that lighting matters the most and you can create a certain ambience that will make the room appear more appealing.

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Upgrade your lighting! Small details like that go a long way towards the overall ambiance of your home. (Photo courtesy of Laura Medicus Interiors)
  1. Create Some Space

    Rather than remodeling your entire home to add some square footage, you can design the room appropriately to make it feel bigger. The best way to make a room feel more spacious is to buy a striped rug or piece of furniture that will elongate the room. You can also buy glass or lucite items and pull the furniture away from the walls to create the illusion that there’s more space. Lighter colored walls, mirrors, and lots of outside light can help make a room look larger.
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Lots of outside light can help make a room feel larger. (Photo courtesy of Laura Medicus Interiors)
  1. Keep it Clean

The biggest design tip we can offer is to keep your home clean and tidy. You can also add some plants or flowers in the yard to make the place look nicer and more upscale. If you buy plants, definitely invest in some that don’t need a lot of work so you don’t have to worry about your dead plants scaring off potential buyers.

Ready to Sell?

This guest blog was written by Carla Knight Homes, a Denver based real estate company that can help you buy or sell a house. If you’re looking to sell your home in the Denver Metro area or you’re just in need of some practical advice, you can contact me at 720-626-9747 or CarlaKnightHomes@gmail.com.


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