Improving Relationships… Between Rooms That Is

inside designBy Karen Weiner-Mayar, owner of Idealspace Design

Improving Relationships… Between Rooms That Is

The most important interior design element of any home is the layout of the rooms and spaces. The way the various rooms and spaces relate to each other is often among the features that attract us enough to purchase our homes in the first place. Changing the layout can involve major renovations, but there are some basic ways to improve upon the perceived relationships between rooms or spaces without having to embark on any structural work.

Common complaints that homeowners tend to have about the layout of their homes include:

■ Adjoining rooms feel as though there is no “flow” between them.
■ There is no evident delineation between usable space and walking space in open-concept layouts.
■ Adjoining rooms require different atmospheres but their proximity makes this difficult.
■ Open-concept layouts provide no privacy or separation (visual, audible, etc.) within the space.
■ Lack of continuity between the various rooms.

way..   These issues can be compensated for simply by how the space is treated both in terms of furnish ings and décor. Solutions to the complaints listed above can be done in the matter of a couple of days without requiring the dust, debris and chaos that can accompany a major renovation project.

To create a sense of flow between rooms that are adjoining without being fully open to each other, make sure to use the same colournotescheme in both rooms, repeat various materials in both (i.e. if you have a leather sofa in one, have something with the same colour leather in the other), and strategically place mirrors to visually bring one room into the next. The mirrors will not only emphasize the relationship between the two spaces, but they will also reflect light making both rooms feel brighter and larger.

In open-concept floor plans it can be challenging to properly establish walking space (an unofficial hallway, if you will) separate from entertaining areas especially if you tend to entertain more than a few people at a time. Space can be separated visually without actually requiring obstructionstable such as walls. Emphasize your enter taining zones by having the brighter lights   focused at the seating areas, such as over the dining table, by the sofas, and at the kitchen’s work and seating zones; this will automatically create spaces with less light and people naturally migrate toward brighter lit areas, leaving the dimmer areas as passageways. Other tricks include an abrupt change in colour or ceiling height to create the sense that one space is ending and another starting.

Adjoining rooms requiring different atmospheres tend to work best by simply using the reversed colour scheme in one of the rooms. For instance, if one of the rooms is blue with beige and grey accents, in the other room you can use the beige as the main colour and the blue and grey as accents. This keeps a nice continuity while emphasizing difference.

Open-concept floor plans leaving you with a lack of separation have to be treated with great care. Take care with your furniture layout to create individual zones within the space, leaving ample room between.
If needed, back-to-back tall furniture pieces can create a physical division between “rooms”. If sound carries through very easily, add soft furnishings and accessories, such as a tapestry or fabric art instead of paintings, rugs, pillows or cushions on hard furniture, and so on. Soft items absorb sound, while hard surfaces reflect sound.

Creating a sense of continuity through a home is easier. Choose your favorites and don’t worry about over-using them! If your favorite colour is red, don’t be shy to use it in varying quantities in almost every room – from two walls in one room, to a simple splash in the next, to the colour of the furniture in the next… The same should be done with favorite materials too, such as wrought iron, dark stained ash wood,textured glass… Your favorite colours teamed up with your favorite materials only need some  neutral and contrasting basics to create a finished look that flows nicely without being too repetitive.

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ALMOST NO AGENTS USE VIDEO TO MARKET THEIR THEMSELVES? WHY?

Lets face it, it’s hard to change, and many agents, especially successful ones, have a routine that works, so why try something new? Here are five reasons agents need to start using video if they want to keep their edge.artticle 17 top

#1 VENDORS. Since I began doing videos for some of the most successful agents in Montreal, they’ve only become more successful. Why? Because making a video makes their vendors happy. So happy in fact, they tell their neighbors and friends, and you know what the means…

#2 SALES. Agents who go into a sales presentation with videos as a part of their arsenal win out every time over other agents who don’t.

#3 BRANDING. If you want to come up first in organic search results, there’s no better way than to put your video on YouTube. After Google, it’s the number 2 search engine in the word, and ask yourself this, how many other agents have
a serious presence there? Light bulb go off yet?

#4 BUYERS. I’ve had agents sell homes to people in China, or had buyers view a home only once and go back to Toronto and view the video of a listing again and again only to end up buying the home.artticle 17 bot

#5 INNOVATION. Lets face it, things don’t change much in the business, and it’s not easy to stay ahead of the curve, but here’s your chance. 99.9999% of agents out there haven’t got a clue it’s even possible to make a real-estate video. Even most photographers haven’t a clue. But now you do, so you have no excuse.

Whether you like it or not, video dominates every aspect of our lives. Always has, and probably always will. And although it’s a relatively new way to showcase listings, it has a place in the world of real-estate, although exactly what that place is has yet to be settled. But for a short time, agents have a chance to get in on this on the ground floor before it takes off. Want a glimpse of this future? Go to YouTube
and search for Silver Lit Homes and see for your self.

If you’d like more advice or want to hire a professional photographer, please head over to my site at www.silverlithomes.com

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Luxury Properties to Gain Prominent Marketing

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This luxury section brings attention to agents with expertise in the high-end market while providing significant prominence to the seller’s property. A limited number of properties per page hold the reader’s attention with larger color photos and property information. Homes & Land will mail property promotions to the most affluent neighborhoods in the local market as well as target additional households who have a multi-million dollar net worth.

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