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Reprinted from Kylie M. Interiors. http://www.kylieminteriors.ca/the-best-benjamin-moore-paint-colours-for-home-staging-selling/
The skinny on colors from a very talented designer out of Canada who offers online consultations!
To be perfectly honest with you, I’m not a designer who believes that all homes sell better when painted light, neutral colours. In fact, many homes sell faster and for more money because they are painted ‘the right colour’ based on things like flooring/countertops/tilework/etc…
However, if you don’t have a designer/decorator on-call to help you choose the PERFECT colour and are just looking for some basic colour ideas to tidy up your walls then this post should help you out…
Are these colours visually stimulating? Not all of them. Are these colours rich and wondrous? Again…no. These are colours that give buyers the best view of your space with regards to size, shape and mood. It also gives them the opportunity to picture their own furnishings in the space without being influenced heavily by your tastes.
Benjamin Moore Ballet White OC 9
Is Maritime White too orange-base for you? Then check out Ballet White. Ballet White has the appeal of a light tan/beige colour with a bit more warmth. It has just a drop of yellow in it, compared to Maritime White’s slightly more orange bits. And don’t worry, your walls won’t look ‘yellow’ – they will just look soft, neutral, warm and inviting.
Ballet White is great for:
- Your entire home
Avoid Ballet White in…
- Dark rooms. It will get lost in the shadows
Benjamin Moore Lenox Tan HC 44
Lenox Tan is about as rich and dark as you’d want to go if you are repainting your room for the purpose or selling. It is a warm tan with a slightly orange undertone (meaning it’s not toooo yellowy). You will see colours like this in a lot of new homes – although I think it’s waaay overdone.
Lenox Tan is great for….
North facing rooms (will visually warm up the space)
- Woodsy feeling
Avoid Lenox Tan in…
Rooms with pink flooring/countertop/pink undertoned cabinets
Darker basements – while it’s a warm colour it’s a touch heavy
- As an ‘overall home colour’, while it can be so lovely in many rooms, dark rooms or hallways will be weighed down by this colour
Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter HC 172
Revere Pewter is a lovely warm soft gray. Sounds contradictory, right? While many grays pick up a blue or purple undertone, Revere Pewter is more likely to pick up a faint muddy green tone that makes it feel warmer than the average gray.
Revere Pewter is great for….
Homes with espresso/dark wood flooring or cabinets
Southern facing bedrooms (to balance out the warm exposure a bit)
Small or large rooms
When lightened by 25-50%, it is great for dark rooms or hallways
Avoid Revere Pewter with…
- Pink or purple. This will bring out the green.
- In rooms with cream trim, it will bring out the green
Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist OC 27
Are you looking for a gray that is a soft and subtle, with a feather light feeling? Then check out Balboa Mist. This is a gray colour with soft taupe undertone. Compared to more cool toned grays, this one is soft and warm feeling.
Balboa Mist is great for:
- Almost any room in your home
- Dark wood furniture, cabinets, flooring
Avoid Balboa Mist with:
- If you have yellow or orange toned wood, this will bring out the purple tones
Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray HC 168
Looking to make an impact? Then check out Chelsea Gray. This medium toned gray colour makes for a striking feature or accent wall or can completely envelope a room in it’s loveliness! Is it brave? Oh yes, but if you have the right style of home (generally quite modern or with off-white walls) you can make a great statement with it.
Chelsea Gray is great for…
- Feature or accent walls
- Media rooms
Avoid Chelsea Gray in…
- Every room – it is best for 1 room only, not more multiple rooms
Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan HC 81
Manchester Tan works well in almost every room as long as there is a reasonable amount of light coming in. It is primarily a beige colour that is pretty darned neutral except for a tiny bit of warm in it, compared to more cool, greige toned beige paint colours.
Manchester Tan is great for…
- Any room in your darn home! Small, big, dark, light
Avoid Manchester Tan with…
- Pink tones. The smidge of yellow in it can look sickly when paired with pink/rose
Benjamin Moore Gray Cashmere 2138-60
I have mad love for Gray Cashmere. It is a green/blue/gray. Personally, Gray Cashmere is one of my all-time fave colours as it sits so well in a space and seems to appeal to both men and women without being ‘too colourful’ for selling purposes.
Gray Cashmere is particularily great in…
- Beautiful way to modernize the look of Forest Green (countertops/carpet)
Avoid Gray Cashmere in…
Rooms that are dark and dreary, there’s not enough colour in it to support itself in a dark room.
In rooms with a lot of wood (flooring/cabinets/furniture) it can be hit and miss. If you want to accent the wood it will do the trick, however, if you are wanting to blend in the wood and neutralize it won’t work at all
Benjamin Moore Gray Owl OC 52
This is the most ‘gray’ colour on this page. It is also the coldest colour as it’s a gray with a subtle blue/green undertone. This undertones doesn’t always show up, but in the right conditions it will.
This photo shows how soft and pretty Gray Owl can look. Keep in mind though, it can look DRASTICALLY different from one room to another, depending on the exposure, furnishings, etc…
Gray Owl works great with
- South facing rooms, north facing rooms
- Wood tones and whites
Avoid Gray Owl
- If your target market is 60+, generally speaking they prefer more neutral/warmer colours
- In a north facing, dark room – it will feel too cold
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ASK the EXPERT: Liz Hoffman of West End Garden Center
West End Florist & Garden Center
3800 Old Glenview Rd. Evanston, IL 60201
Can I plant in Fall?
Yes you can! Fall is fantastic for planting.
Gardeners love fall. Not only is it a beautiful time of year, it is also a great time of year to plant, divide and transplant. We have cooler air temperatures which is easier on both plants and gardeners. The soil is still warm to promote good root development and help with establishment by having less stress on the plant. You may not have to water as much. Furthermore, typical Chicago Falls have more days that are nicer to plant in than unpredictable spring weather.
You can plant almost anything in fall.
Fall annuals for beds or containers include pansies, violas, kale, cabbage, mums, grasses, asters. Perennials cover a wide variety from flowering plants (rudbeckia, salvia, nepeta) foliage plants (hosta, heuchera, and pulmonaria), grasses (sporobolis, pannicums), groundcovers (ajuga, vinca). Shrubs can add impact to any garden in the sun or shade from hydrangeas to lilacs. Shade trees and flowering trees add great bones to any yard; provide increase in property value and a decrease in utility expense. Tulips, crocus, daffodils, hyacinths, snowdrops, alliums and many others are planted as bulbs in the fall to create early to late spring “wow” color. Not only can you plant for beauty you can also plant for eating. Cool crop veggies often make a second appearance in late fall markets so take advantage and plant some Swiss chard, kale, spinach, radishes, etc.
Fall Season for planting and transplanting in the Chicago area is from mid-August through October because our average first frost date is October 25th-November 15th. This gives the plants enough time to establish before the harshness of winter weather.
Fall is fantastic not only because it is a great time to plant, sometimes your local independent garden centers and nurseries have items on special so saving money and beautifying your home at the same time.
Check with us at West End Florist and Garden Centers for questions, help, special promotions, soil amendments or installations. We would love to help.
Co-Owner and General Manager of West End Florist and Garden Center a fourth generation family business. West End was originated in 1908 in the Luxembourg tradition of truck farming in the little known village of Gross Point, IL which later became part of Wilmette and Evanston, IL. The business has seen many changes in both its operation and surroundings; however it continues its family tradition of serving the gardening needs of the north shore. Elizabeth has been active in the business since grade school and has been working full time from 1997. Elizabeth currently grows both for retail clients and contractors over 250 different varieties of perennials. Her rose selection is a well kept secret among professional landscapers. Furthermore, she maintains a close network with other greenhouses to obtain most needs and wants for her everyday customers. Elizabeth and her brother Jim own J and E Nursery in Libertyville, IL. She is active in the IGA (Illinois Green Association) and is a certified Nursery Professional in both perennials and woodies, ANLA (American Nursery and Landscape Association), SAF (Society of American Florists), Teleflora Unit Board, Wilmette and Evanston Chambers of Commerce.
The Latest Trend in Home Design – Gorgeous, expansive outdoor decks and patios, with all of the comforts of your kitchen and living room!
The Brazilian ipe wood decks are perched on a dune overlooking the lake and include an outdoor kitchen, a resistance-swimming pool, spa, fireplace and lounge areas. The traffic lane is actually an adjoining steel deck, which is used by an electric cart to shuttle visitors across a ¼-mile bridge at the base of the property.
“It feels like you’re on a ship,” says Mr. Byker, 68, a retired natural-gas executive and former president of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich. He considers the deck a selling point of his 8,114-square-foot modernist home in Montague, Mich. He and his wife Susan, 67, are now listing the home for $10 million, saying they want a smaller home.
The backyard deck is having its moment in the sun. The size of decks and patios is rising, and architects are seeing renewed interest from luxury-home buyers—even in cold-winter markets. The shift, experts say, reflects what’s happening indoors: Walls are coming down, along with the notion of boxy, formal living spaces. Now, more developers are taking cues from the resort industry, where the outdoors shines.
Builders are leading the charge in waterfront Malibu, Calif., where outdoor living is the rule. Developer Crown Pointe Estates is selling a 13,814-square-foot contemporary home with another 10,000 square feet of decking and patios for $22.9 million. The home, which was designed by Burdge & Associates, opens to an infinity-edge pool flanked by two heated cabanas with TVs. A separate deck off the upstairs master-bedroom suite has a six-hole putting green. Down the hall, the gym opens to an outdoor yoga and massage room.
“If you don’t add that outdoor playground, you’re just getting it wrong,” says Scott Morris, the company’s director of sales. The home, completed in February, will be sold fully furnished.
Now the trend is moving east. Pennsylvania-based Toll Brothers, one of the nation’s largest luxury-home builders, decided in June to begin offering options for decks and patios in all 19 states where they build, including Colorado, Washington and Minnesota. Previously the company offered outdoor rooms in fewer than half of those states.
Tim Gehman, director of design at Toll Architecture, says the company is responding to demand, as homeowners get savvy about new glass walls and finely woven screens that extend the use of outdoor spaces despite inclement weather.
In a national survey of more than 500 residential-architecture firms in the first quarter of 2016, the American Institute of Architects found that 69% of firms saw increased demand for outdoor living space, which is the second-highest response since the question was first asked in 2005.
“It seems to be coming back stronger than in the boom,” says Kermit Baker, the AIA’s chief economist, who attributes the growth to a cultural shift away from formal living spaces.
At the same time, the size of outdoor spaces is growing. Last year, the average size of decks on luxury homes was up across all regions of the country compared with 2014, according to a 1,300-builder survey by Home Innovation Research Labs, an independent subsidiary of the National Association of Home Builders. The sharpest growth was in the Northeast, where the average deck measured 406 square feet, up 53% from 2014.
Adapting that California dream can take some tweaking in colder markets. “I call it ‘mountain lanai,’ ” says Bob Bowden, an Aspen-based real-estate agent and developer describing a Hawaiian-inspired, 13,068-square-foot contemporary home he built in 2009 with more than 9,000 square feet of outdoor-living space. Chilly nights on the deck are offset by fire pits and heated floors.
“It was a gamble,” Mr. Bowden says, because the expansive covered decks were new for the market, and building up the outdoors meant sacrificing valuable interior square footage. The home sold for $24.5 million in 2010, near the asking price of $26 million.
Now he is selling a neighboring 14,000-square-foot home for $36 million, banking on outdoor features like a heated pool with a snowmelt deck and a covered commercial-grade kitchen. Infrared heating fixtures are buried in the lighting throughout the space.
In Montague, Mr. Byker’s expansive decking is central to the home. The 40-acre property’s steep slope and irregular shape make for expansive lake views, but difficult construction. The wood decks were devised to connect three detached sections of the home, each with its own outdoor amenities. The nine-bedroom, eight-bath limestone and copper home hews to a Japanese contemporary style, with 12-foot walls of sliding glass.
The couple’s favorite “room” is the 900-foot rooftop sun deck, with chaise longues, a fireplace and large juniper plants, overlooking the lake and more than 800 feet of private shoreline.
“It’s spectacular in the winter,” says Mr. Byker, who added that snowy decks aren’t a problem with a snowblower. The home was completed in 2011 for $10 million, including the cost of land—a third of which was spent outdoors, Mr. Byker says. The home was listed in May for the same price, but Mr. Byker says he never intended to turn a profit. He and his wife are considering building another home with an emphasis on the outdoors nearby.
While unique features can make for impressive homes, they can also limit the buyer pool. In a recent survey of 100 markets by Remodeling magazine, upscale deck additions resulted in a positive net-gain in only two cities: Columbia, S.C., and Santa Rosa, Calif.
The national average cost of a 320-square-foot deck with high-end composite materials was $37,943, but fetched a resale value of $21,877. The return on investment can vary greatly, depending on the market, said Craig Webb, the magazine’s editor in chief.
In Salt Lake City, Alan Lang, 68, and his wife Charlene Palmer, 48, built a 13,717-square-foot, European-inspired home on 51 acres in 2004. The five-bedroom, seven-bath home has 4,000 square feet of decking on four levels with lake and city views—an unusual amenity for an area that gets an average 51 inches of snow annually. Mr. Lang, who owns a crane and equipment business, built the home on spec and sold it in 2005 for about $5.5 million, he says. The new owner is now renting it back to Mr. Lang, who is building a new home nearby.
The home went back on the market in 2014 for $5.9 million with Linda Secrist of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and is still looking for a buyer. Ms. Secrist said there are no comparable homes in the area—the average luxury home is in the $3 million-range.
Douglas Burdge, who designed the Malibu home, says he was commissioned to create a California-style home in sweltering Houston. The client installed air conditioning on the outdoor veranda.
“They’re going to have a party, no matter what.”
Source: Luxury Homes Gain Over-the-Top Decks – WSJ
If tending to your flora is leaving you feeling wilted, take heart: These plants are almost impossible to kill. Here are the top 10 hardiest:
- New Guinea Impatiens
- Purple Fountain Grass
- Sweet Potato Vine
Source: 10 Goofproof Outdoor Plants | Real Simple
The evening air temperatures have been perfect for getting that restful night’s sleep – here are some additional tips for making sure every night is as restful as possible.
Great article from Houzz.com
As everyone knows, many factors affect a home’s value. Recently rehabbed and updated homes always sell faster and for a higher price since buyers are willing to pay a premium for a move-in ready home.
In the last 12 months, 93 homes have sold in East Wilmette, 32 of which were considered recent rehabs. The 32 recently rehabbed homes, on average, sold for 95% of the original list price and in 38 days while the non-rehabbed homes sold, on average, for 92% of original list price and in 51 days. (Based on Midwest Real Estate Data, as of 1st quarter, 2016). At $1,000,000, the difference between 95% and 92% is $30,000. We can help ensure you don’t leave money on the table!
Homeowners often ask Realtors to quantify the value of a home improvement they have made or plan to make. Check out an excerpt from the Remodeling Impact Survey: 2015, published by the National Association of Realtors. Take a look to see how home improvements compare. Sometimes, smaller projects such as paint, refinished floors and landscape deliver the largest returns!
As always, I welcome the opportunity to serve you with all of your real estate needs. Call or email any time – I’d love to hear from you!
Get your tape measure out because here is your blueprint for a bedroom that works! Steven Randel has shared the “science” of creating the ultimate bedroom retreat – right down to the slipper rest and circulation zone!