Making the Right Bed Purchase for Interior Design Appeal

Many will look towards purchasing a bed for the interior of a home or apartment for its functional use. In other words, they will want to acquire a stylish, comfortable bed that gives them a good night’s sleep. Certainly, there is nothing wrong with that at all. Who would not want to get a good night’s rest? The issue here is that some overlook another benefits to purchasing a bed. Specifically, that the type of bed you purchase will add to the look and feel of the interior.

Some might not believe this is so but such an assessment flies in the face of the work produced by quality designers. Yes, there are many professionals that sit at the proverbial drawing boards in manufacturer’s offices and help craft designs that will boost the appeal of a particular style of interior. This is why so many designs and styles look different. Yes, there are some generic bed designs on the market. The description “generic” does fit them most appropriately. They do not have all that special or stunning of a look and that greatly diminishes their ability to be truly appealing to potential customers.

Why add a bed design to the interior of a residence that does little to boost its look? Or worse, why add a particular model to the interior if the it simply lacks anything of clear substance or value?

Some might point to cost as a factor in their decision making. Such an assessment may make sense. You cannot purchase a model that in not affordable and few would suggest doing so. That said, it also would not be of much help to purchase an inexpensive bed that totally undermines the look of the interior.

And then there is another point that bears mentioning; not all well designed beds are really all that expensive. It is quite possible to purchase something as exquisite as leather sleigh beds at a relatively reduced rate. As long as you take the time out to shop around for inexpensive models, you will find beds that fit such a category description. Why would you not? They are definitely out there and ‘in need’ of a purchaser!

One way you can increase the chances of purchasing a quality and unique bed at a relatively low price would entail being thorough in your consumer search. Examining the websites of one or two stores is not a bad idea, but it is a limiting one. Specifically, you would be limited to the selection that appears on those two web pages and those two web pages alone. You could be missing out on finding other excellent deals and designs available elsewhere.

And when you are seeking to impart a certain specific look and feel to a room, you do not want to make the error of being limited in your selection. In short, you will want to shop around in order to find the right leather sleigh beds for your needs and your budget. Why make the wrong selection when making the right selection could prove to have enormous value?

The Absolute Importance of Proper Photography & Interior Design & Home Staging for More Showings!

Realtors, Home Owners, & Home Investors pay very close attention to this article, it will affect all of you in more way than one. If you are not technologically savvy or are some how unaware of it you need to become aware of it quickly.

With over 80% of all home sales being directly correlated to being listed in a real estate MLS database, and now that over 79% of all consumers are actively searching the internet and websites for premium homes, the photo of the homes in these databases featuring properties will be what actually determines if a home buyer or home shopper chooses to see your property. Most disturbing is the fact that by ignoring this simple irrefutable fact in modern internet marketing may altogether eliminate your beautiful home from prospective buyers should there be some less than effective photographic or staging/interior design elements that are lacking.

Properly staged homes (lighting, props, interior design) + proper photography (proper agent selection of camera angles, lighting, proper lens & camera selection & photographic techniques) now weigh in more than ever on a potential home buyers making it to your home to actually view your property.

The question to be asked now is: Does the home I am selling look as good or better than the majority of competing properties. If not, potential home buyers may actually choose simply by the interior design and photographic expertise employed to see other properties.

Of course home price is still the largest determining factor, buyers with discerning tastes and no interest in fix-up properties or homes that may be perceived as less than “perfect” will not be getting the amount of buyers through the doors to effectuate a sale. Also considering that 62% of all home buyers are couples and 22% of all first time buyers are single females, anyone who ignores the new dynamics in internet marketing will be missing out on attracting these important buyers by failing recognize these new variables in the information age of marketing.

Cutting corners on not hiring a professional staging company or at least taking the time to either do it yourself or find a friend or family member help with the interior design/staging element could result in less than effective marketing results. Two more points are to remember to concentrate on proper lighting and the proper use of props where available. The consensus from most realtors that I have discussed this topic with is that it really comes down to being flexible mentally and using a lot of creativity and setting the time aside in your schedule where you can experiment with how the home looks through the camera frame. Many people are in such a rush to move that by ignoring the simple fact that this home will be on the world wide web with buyers actively searching 24/7 it may be one of the most important and under rated decision home buyers make when allocating resources towards attracting more buyers to the home. My opinion on this is that the more buyers who select you on their computer will = more people printing it out on paper or e-mailing it to their real estate professional for them to set up a showing appointment.

More showing appointments lead to more opportunities for a full price offer. “Change is going on all around us, let’s see that change and adjust quickly”, says Rick LeForce, my husband and local real estate broker here in Phoenix, Arizona.

Rick was recently highlighted in a local investor group as a keynote speaker:

“Investors, if you want to be able to see what properties to concentrate on after the home has been on the market for 90 days and will be there for another 90 days, look at the photos & the interior design, odds will be that seller will be ready to consider a discounted offer around the 180 day mark”

-Rick LeForce

Interior Design Ideas – How to Make Corridors and Landings Look Elegant

By the judicious selection of wall colors you can visually change the proportions of a corridor. To push out the side walls select colors that recede, and for a corridor to appear shorter add an advancing color to the end wall.

Mirrors fixed to side walls will magically open up the space and make it appear much wider and lighter. These can be in the form of sheets made into a wall of mirror or in panels placed between doors. Cut to shape, mirrors can be used to back recesses/niches, and framed sections can be hung at intervals.

The placement of an item of interest at the end of the corridor will have the effect providing a focal point as well as stopping the eye. You may choose to display a piece of sculpture, a stone urn or perhaps a decorative vase on a plinth. A stunning framed painting, stenciled walls or a trompe l’oeil painted effect will serve a similar purpose, as will an item of exquisite furniture.

Floor coverings that emphasize the horizontal will also help to break up the space. A continuous carpet that has a trellis pattern or is divided into panels will be effective, as will individual area rugs placed at intervals on to either a hard floor or fitted carpet.

Interest can also be created on side walls by hanging pictures. Not only will they make your passage through the space more pleasurable, but the reflective surface of their glass fronts will help to bounce around whatever natural light is available. A decorator’s tip to stabilize pictures hanging in a traffic area is to fix each picture at two points (that is, with two hooks) instead of one.

Structurally breaking up the space may involve only slightly more work. The creation of arches along your corridor will not only break the ‘journey’ but will also provide an attractive frame through which to view the scene beyond.

The key to a winning scheme may well lie with some existing possession. A tribal runner carpet, a particularly dominant painting, an exotic screen or a gorgeous piece of painted furniture – any of these items could be used as a trigger for a successful scheme. By picking out and repeating a color element from your furnishings, you will instantly draw attention to them and give them a sense of belonging.

On the matter of safety it is important for sufficient light to be provided to signal any changes of floor level, and that lights can be switched on and off at either end of a corridor (that is, two-way switched). It also is essential that loose floor coverings be well attached to the underfloor (special webbings are available for loose carpers placed on either hard or soft floorings), and for hard floor surfaces to be non-slip, especially where there are children or elderly people in residence.