Interior Design – Light Sets the Mood

So you want to redecorate, you want to create a home with a personal touch, one that can always say “welcome”, ease your worries, render you happy, chill you or calm you down.

You can do it: with the right light.

Stop skimming through fancy magazines. If you don’t have the money and the skills to replicate those wonders, you’ll end up with an interior that lacks your personal touch. Instead, use your imagination. Design the interior of your home according to your special wishes.

Let’s say you like blue, but you already have some new white furniture and it makes no sense to replace it. Or maybe you just want to avoid the hassle of selling it (and get way below its value) and buying new. Whatever your reasons, you can still get the “blue” mood your desire through light: controllable light.

We are not talking dimmers. We are talking full color control options. We are talking LED lights and mood lights.

LEDs are no longer the kitschy, flashy annoying lights that were used a few years ago to catch our attention towards a new product. LEDs are no longer used solely for traffic lighting and automotive lighting. LEDs are now used in light therapy, mood lighting, accent lighting, landscape lighting, building illumination and so on. Because LEDs are economic, environmentally friendly (they do not pollute: there are no UV emissions, no IR emissions – unless built so – no noise emissions) energy saving and provide for flexibility of design, but, above all, LEDs are controllable! RGB (red, green, blue) LEDs, based on what engineers call “the three chip technology” are able to display over 16 million colors – more than human eyes can see. LEDs are wonderful and their light. beyond description!

The best part is that you can choose from thousands of LED products the one you can afford and still have exclusive, somehow unique illumination to astonish your guests and to create the right mood in your home.

For example, look for controllable LED cubes – not those you can use as ice cubes for your cocktails (yeah, that’s possible too!), but those you can use to replace your coffee table. For example, NeoNeon offers LED mood light cubes you can use as chandeliers, while My-tronic offers LED cubes in different sizes, for several uses. While Traxon is the “real deal” when it comes to mood lights, they are still a little too expensive. Many other companies offer similar products for affordable prices. You just need to browse the web and order what best fits your design expectations: LED tubes, LED stripes, LED spots, LED wall panels or, why not. LED ropes (Think Christmas! – Think safe lighting!). Just remember to search for “controllable” LED light sources.

Why? Because you want to CONTROL light, to set the light color you want: blue to relax, red to create a romantic, appealing atmosphere, green to bathe a room in the color of hope, purple, violet or pink. You want to be able to dim the light or make it brighter. You can even create the rainbow with a controllable LED light source, or any other light effect! You want a light source for the years to come, one that can look different every day.

Common Interior Design Mistakes

So you’re going to re-do that living room, den, kitchen, bedroom etc. Here is a list of common mistakes in re-designing any room, some of them are common to all rooms some are specific to certain rooms. We will start with the biggest mistake made by most do it yourselfers and even professional designers. My expertise is in Nautical Design but no matter what the theme there are common mistakes made with any theme.

LIGHTING – Lighting can be the one most significant part of any room. There is nothing like a well lit room, and the type of lighting and combination are endless. Whatever you do you will want the room to be well lit and inviting. In the living room you can add table lamp or floor lamp, track lighting is always important for those specific areas needing additional lighting. I would not recommend overhead lighting in the living room, however in the kitchen this really is a must along with under the cabinet lighting. When it comes to lighting more is better.

FURNITURE – One of the biggest mistakes with furniture is oversized for the room. Even a very large room can give the appearance of a very small room if oversized furniture is used. Do not go with the temptation to line up the furniture along the walls, major fault in most designs. If the room is very large break it up with the furniture an area for conversation with friends, a well lit area for reading, etc. Although traffic patterns are important it should not be the main concern.

HANGING PICTURES AND MIRRORS – There are two main mistakes made when it comes to hanging pictures or mirrors. First if you have a beautiful painting let it stand alone, you do not need 5 other pictures around it. Too much of a good thing can spoil the effect. Second hanging the pictures or mirrors to high. The general rule of thumb is to hang a picture or mirror 5 feet from the floor to the center of the piece that you are hanging. Make that wall art a focal point and do not forget the lighting. A good way to illuminate pictures is with tack lighting. This is one thing that is often forgotten and can completely ruin the effect.

COLOR COHESIVENESS – There must be a flow of color throughout the room. Pick your starting point, it could be the wall color that you just must have, or that furniture you cannot do without, or those curtains that will make the room look elegant. Bring color in from one piece to another, make them look attached. A good way to help that cohesiveness along is to use throw pillow on chairs and sofas, pick colors that match or complement your curtains and or furniture, or your wall coloring.

These are the four biggest mistakes made in re-decorating a room. For additional FREE tips and design aid you can visit my web site where I go into specific room and help you design that room you always wanted. Visit my web site at [http://www.shopnautical.com]. Thank you for taking the time to read my article comments are always welcomed.

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