How the Cinema Impacts Interior Design

Have you ever wondered what inspires the paint colors, sofa pillows, comforters, curtains and floor coverings available online and on store shelves for you to fill your home with? Trends come from all sorts of places, and one major source of inspiration is the content that comes out of Hollywood.

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La La Land, not-quite-winner of the 2017 Best Picture Oscar (the honor went to the film Moonlight, after a flub at the end of the awards ceremony), celebrates kaleidoscopic hues across the entire color spectrum: Pure sunshine yellow. Bold electric blue. Lipstick red. Brilliant kelly green. Even crisp, clean white. Here are a few ways to capitalize on the trends hitting Pinterest and store shelves near you after the success of this film.

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Update your toss pillows. Adding new accent pillows to your bed, sofa or chairs is an easy, affordable way to capitalize on changing trends. If your furniture is a neutral shade, you can add fabric accents in almost any shade. And if your eyes grow tired of pineapple yellow, you can always switch to something else later.

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Paint your front door a wow shade. Blues of every shade are having a moment in the spotlight, and a navy or super-saturated blue door can up the curb appeal ante and help your home stand out from the crowd. Crimson, sunflower, pumpkin and emerald green are other crayon box options to consider. This is a relatively easy weekend afternoon project with minimal cost.

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Bring in a colorful lamp. Ceramic lamps come in every color, and placing a colorful new gourd lamp atop a dresser or bookshelf breathes new life into a space. A matched pair is fun, but a single lamp will get the job done.

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Pick out a jazzy set of dishes. For a few bucks you can pick up dishwasher safe (and super kid friendly!) melamine plates in all kinds of fun patterns and colors. Why not go mix-n-match with a different plate in the same colorway for every member of the family, or striped plates and polka dot bowls in splashy colors?

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Switch out your bedding to something that’s…less of a snooze! Cobalt, persimmon, yellow + navy, kelly green + black & white. If your bedspread, sheets, drapes and accessories are matchy-matchy beige, it’s time for an upgrade!

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Paint something you already own a kicky color. A picture frame, mirror, vase or other object or a piece of furniture, like a side table, can be painted in a few minutes for a couple of bucks with a can of bright spray paint. Follow manufacturer’s instructions and think twice if the item is highly valuable or a treasured family heirloom, but if it’s not a fabulous antique, douse it in paint and celebrate the transformation!

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Are you considering buying, selling or investing in Denver-area Real Estate? From paint colors that help your listing sell, to finding a professional to service your furnace, to which suburb has the best deals in the HOT Denver housing market – I’m here to help.

Jack Meyers

The Meyers Group
jackestate@aol.com
303.263.3050
Twitter: @jackestate

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How Color Can Help (or Hurt) Your Sale

You don’t have to paint yourself into a bland corner or build a beige box to appeal to potential buyers, but there are good, better and best choices to make in paint colors, decor and accessories when preparing your home for sale. Read on for tips on revising the colors in your home to appeal to the most buyers, and choices to avoid if you’re planning a sale in the next 18-24 months.

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In a Better Homes and Gardens survey, 58% of those polled listed orange, black and violet as the colors they’d be least likely to decorate with, in that order. One of the biggest fears shared by future homeowners is they’ll grow sick of the colors in their home. Cracking open a can of paint to try a new wall color may be easy for you (or not), but for some people, picking out a new shade, taping off and painting walls, trim and ceilings can be overwhelming. For some buyers, the move-in ready home they seek is a home that won’t require painting projects.

The BHG poll listed the living room, kitchen and bathroom as the most desirable spaces to feature color, with a preference for neutral, less saturated color in the foyer, dining room and master bedroom. If you’re going to leave a slightly “riskier” color in place when you list your home, pops of color in public spaces are safer bets; consider neutralizing high impact colors in the master bedroom or your home’s entryway. Even if your mantra is “nope to taupe,” you may want to choose a friendly shade of neutral beige, with pleasant accent colors or patterns, for your on-the-market bedroom.

Accent colors, rather than maximum color use on walls and in furniture, will please the most buyers. A heather gray sofa with pale gray walls can handle funky orange pillows, if that’s your speed. Buyers will be able to envision their own furniture in a neutral space like this, because even the least imaginative shoppers know your pillows will go when you do. Pumpkin orange walls though…that’s a tough sell for the majority of shoppers, and if they’re not willing to pick up a paint brush, they may cross your home off the list.

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The survey revealed favorite colors (in order) are blue, green and neutral. Consider packing up your more colorful decor and weaving blue or green accents throughout your home for a cohesive design that will appeal to the most buyers. This can be done through pillows, picture frames, towels, dishware, area rugs and bedding. If your walls are already a neutral shade, adding accessories in the same color family will help your home feel like a show home rather than a disarray of mis-matchy-ness – a winning strategy for any listing.

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One place to consider a bolder color choice is the front door. Check with your HOA for a list of approved paint color options and consider a classic red, hunter green or ochre (a deep yellow) as an accent shade on your door. A tasteful statement color on your front door (and a brand new door mat) can add to your home’s curb appeal for minimal investment, and enchant buyers from the moment they park the car.

The key to successful on-the-market interior design is to tone down any bold personal choices to make room for your buyer’s style. If your dream sofa is hot pink velvet with black and white striped pillows against a funky accent wall, go for it! In your next house. Take yourself out of the picture so buyers can picture life in “their” home, and you’ll help your sale happen in a timely fashion and for top dollar. At the end of the day, the color you’ll love most when your home sells is green; help your home’s top dollar potential by toning down bold colors and setting the stage for a successful sale.

Jack Meyers

The Meyers Group
jackestate@aol.com
303.263.3050
Twitter: @jackestate

Itty Bitty Houses

An RV park in Loveland is launching Phase 1 of what it hopes will be a successful tiny house movement within the community, and this is a trend that has captured the imagination of many Colorado residents.

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It is hard to deny the whimsical charm of these miniature abodes; tiny home builders consider every detail, working storage and convenience into closet-sized spaces. Like a gypsy wagon, many tiny homes can be hitched to a vehicle and roll right on out of town – although they can also be laid on a tiny foundation with demure landscaping put in place to make home-sweet-tiny-home a more permanent location.

Some tiny home owners are drawn to the idea of “living large” thanks to a smaller house payment, or the ability to pay off a smaller loan on a tiny home in a shorter period of time than a traditional 30 year mortgage. Some look to tiny homes as ideal guest houses, or second homes in another state or in the mountains – a bit like a modern day RV, but with the solid feel of real architecture. Others like the idea of customizing a home – minus the lofty price tag of a custom built traditional home.

Living small – really small – is an interesting proposition. It’s definitely not for everyone; Census Bureau data puts the size of newly constructed single family homes at 2,467 square feet on average, while a typical tiny home clocks in at 120 square feet, with tiny mansions maxing out at 500 square feet.

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A few things to consider if you’re thinking small:

  • Where will you park it? Do you have a large yard? Can you rent space or buy a plot of land?
  • How will you insure your tiny home? This will take a bit of research on your part, as insurability and costs depend on size, mobility, location, etc.
  • What features do you want and need in a tiny home?
  • What is your tiny home budget?
  • What if it turns out you are a bit claustrophobic, after all? What is the resale value of tiny homes, and how will this affect you financially?

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Have you or anyone you know been bitten by the tiny house bug? Tell me about it – share a picture if you’ve got one. Let me know what your journey to tiny home ownership was like.

Jack Meyers

The Meyers Group
jackestate@aol.com
303.263.3050
Twitter: @jackestate