Are you making these decorating mistakes? Here’s how to fix them

Are you making these decorating mistakes? Here’s how to fix them

You’ve tried your best to make every room in the house shine, yet somehow you keep missing the mark. If only you could afford to hire a design professional.

But there’s no reason to despair. Many decorating mistakes are easily fixed—and without the investment of a $200/hour designer. Recently the website Houzz listed common design mistakes and offered easy-to-follow ways to fix them.

Here are four tips to improve the look of your home:

Declutter your shelves. “Putting every ornament you own on open shelves often leads to a distracting mishmash of nondescript items,” notes Houzz. The website suggests taking every item off the shelf and categorizing each as   “beautiful, interesting or out.” Place anything in the latter category in a “no” pile. Then, once the sorting process is over, study what’s left with an eye toward showing every item in its best light. For instance, “[y]ou might want to paint the back of the shelves to emphasize lovely shapes and colors among your chosen collection,” Houzz suggests.

Brighten up a white kitchen: White kitchens are popular these days, but without the right approach, they can seem bland and sterile. Houzz suggests displaying kitchenware to add interest. For example, “Hang great-looking saucepans from wall hooks, leave a stack of pretty dishes out on display or set a bowl filled with fruits or veggies on the counter.” Also, brighten select spots with flowers, small colorful appliances, and so on.

Take care when hanging art: Homeowners often make the mistake of hanging art too high, says Houzz. Aim for the picture’s center point to be at eye level when hung in places where people stand. Aim lower in places where people will be seated. If in doubt, hire a professional to help; this is one area where it’s worth the investment.

Create a focal point: When you walk into your rooms, do you find it hard to know where to rest your eyes? If so, chances are, you’ve neglected to designate  a central item of interest. When planning a room, start with a focal point—a stunning piece of art or furniture, a mirror, a rug. Then arrange the rest of your décor to complement it. If you like what you already have, pick one item to be the focal point and rearrange your furniture to direct attention to that item.

 

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Denver housing market shows signs of cooling trend

Denver housing market shows signs of a cooling trend

After months of overheating, the Denver housing market is finally dialing down the temperature. Active inventory is up, while prices are dropping slightly.

According to the Denver Metro Association of Realtors’ (DMAR) August market report, residential inventory rose 2.78% in July over June and 3.96% over July of last year. While the Denver Post reports that inventory is still less than half of the historical average, it’s the largest supply of homes on the market in July in three years.

Despite the availability of more homes, though, the number of sales dropped substantially (15.65%) from June, as well as from July of 2017 (8.54%). Meanwhile, average prices decreased somewhat, dropping 1.93% to $479,802 from June to July. The median price dropped .60%, to $417,500.

Although the housing market traditionally slows this time of year, DMAR Market Trends Committee Chairman Steve Danyliw believes the numbers may represent a larger trend.

“It’s not time to panic, but this market is showing signs of cooling, and Realtors need to manage seller’s expectations as market conditions change,” notes Danyliw in the monthly report. “…With inventory at a three-year high, the climate is perfect for slowing activity and price reductions as fewer and fewer homes are considered affordable.”

Indeed, unaffordability may be one of the causes of the slowdown. Interest rates on a 30-year mortgage were 3.9% a year ago, notes a recent Denver Post article. “They now run closer to 4.6% and are rising, knocking more buyers out of the running.”

Additionally, Zillow’s senior economist Aaron Terrazas, cited in the DMAR report, notes that rent growth in the metro area has mostly stabilized, reducing the urgency for renters to escape rising rents by buying a home. This has further lowered demand.

In all, the report is a boon to buyers and perhaps a wake-up call to sellers, who are used to sitting in the catbird seat when it comes to realizing exceedingly high appreciation on their homes.

“Can a cooling market be considered positive?” asks Danyliw. “To most sellers, no, but honestly, they have experienced unprecedented equity growth over the past several years. It’s time to share the love and keep home buying an option in the Denver metro area. “

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