By Adela Weber. Home Decoration. Published at Monday, April 15th, 2019 - 09:03:38 AM.
Sometimes, a wildly unexpected hue can be the easiest way to update a room, which was the approach architect Anik Pearson took with a vintage New York apartment that had its footprint and bones intact. “We restored it to its glory but with a modern twist by painting the dining rooms walls and beams a bold teal, filling in the space between beams in white, and running some chinoiserie-inspired wallpaper all around,” she says. Bob Zuber, partner, principal, and head of architectural design at Morgante Wilson Architects in Chicago, finds that tinted Venetian plaster warms up ceilings. For the best coverage and less splatter, Rick Wilson, director of product information at Sherwin-Williams, stresses the importance of using quality ceiling paint. His colleague Sue Wadden, director of color marketing, suggests going with flat or matte finishes to hide imperfections and produce a polished, clean look for any color choice. Otherwise, painting the ceiling is no different from painting walls.
Why its happening: With reports of contaminants in drinking water, toxic levels of formaldehyde being released from laminate flooring, and other home health scares, consumers are increasingly concerned about how their home may affect their health. But rather than compromising health and wellness, homes can provide an opportunity to enhance lives. Building experts await the U.S. debut of the DARWIN Home Wellness Intelligence platform at the January 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The platform focuses on air filtration, water purification, circadian lighting, and comfort-focused technologies, all to simulate the natural outdoor environment. “We wanted to get rid of stagnant air thats two to five times worse than outdoor air, contaminated water that runs through old corroded pipes, synthetic materials that offgas, and artificial light that disrupts natural circadian rhythms,” says Paul Scialla, founder and CEO of Delos, DARWINs developer. “It also responds to changes it detects, such as pollutants coming in on the bottom of our shoes.” The first fully integrated DARWIN home was launched two months ago in Australia, with the platform adding only $2,000 to the cost of the project, he says. Eventually, Delos plans to make the technology available for retrofits of existing single-family homes.
Know your markets tastes. Understand what appeals to buyers by learning which kitchen features have helped area listings sell. And if theyre present in your listing, make sure you play them up in marketing and photographs. “Youre helping to sell a lifestyle,” says Nashville-based stager and designer Kristie Barnett. Differences exist, between cities and even within them. Chicago designer Alisa Bloom, who used to flip houses, says that while the stainless steel and brass range she purchased for her home might scare off some heartland buyers, it could be a major selling point in New York or Paris. Yet for Pogonitzs on-trend Chicago clients, wild backsplashes have become a status symbol. In hipster-centric Hoboken and Brooklyn, a large cohort were drawn to the bright green kitchen countertops in a recent Jill Biggs Group listing. In New York, theres wide variation. What appeals about a downtown Manhattan loft, such as its openness and industrial vibe from edgy, rough materials, may be very different from whats considered chic in a proper, polished, and conservatively furnished uptown Park Avenue apartment, says broker Ian Katz, founder of the Ian K. Katz Group in New York.
On the flip side, there are plenty of buyers who will avoid a listing without a garage, even if the location, price, and everything else about the house meets their approval. “They think, ‘Uh oh, no garage and move it to the bottom or off their list,” says Libbe Pavony, a real estate salesperson with Houlihan Lawrence in suburban Briarcliff Manor, N.Y. Real estate salesperson Steve Kempton with RE/MAX Community in Williamstown, N.J., is still looking for a buyer for a house he listed more than 70 days ago that has a garage that was converted to a recreation room. “Its hard even to get buyers in. But theres not much we can do since the seller feels the garage is an improvement rather than deterrent and doesnt want to convert it back,” he says.
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