How clever styling can attract buyers
14 March 2019
When the bones of a house are good, but it feels soulless and unloved, a cosmetic makeover can work wonders. In this week’s episode of Foxtel’s Selling House Australia, Shaynna, Charlie and Andrew restored an old country homestead in the rural suburb of Lewiston, South Australia to its former glory.
For 18 years, Donyal had loved living in her big old home set on 2.1 acres. Although she was determined to stay in the house, the mortgage repayments proved too much, and she was forced to put her beloved home up for sale. With a drab unappealing interior, buyers were instantly put off by the amount of work required to bring the house up to scratch.
How simple styling tricks can turn instantly modernise a space
While this house had good bone structure, 90’s flooring, chunky furniture and big bare spaces made it feel soulless and uninviting.
Shaynna started by replacing all the flooring with both carpet and walnut vinyl planks. While the dark timber in the kitchen was originally heavy and foreboding, the layout was good, so Shaynna simply sprayed the cabinetry and benchtops with fresh white paint and contrasted the palette with our statement black Lenore pendants.
Before:After:Zoning large space
The enormous open plan kitchen, living and dining area looked cold and bare. By replacing the old aluminium doors with warm timber frames, painting the walls and using a combination of our Reed floor and table lamps, Shaynna cleverly created two welcoming and defined family spaces.
Create a warm welcome
First impressions are everything, and all it took to modernise this previously uninviting entry way was new flooring, a side table and our Marcel pendant and Arlington table lamp.
After:Layer your lighting with lamps
Never underestimate the power of lamps to bring warmth, depth and instant style to any room. Shaynna used a variety of classic table and floor lamps throughout the entire home including our Bentley floor lamp in the lounge room, Yorke in the study and Sullivan and Milas lamps in the bedrooms.
Lounge room before & after:
Study before & after:
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