Although the design is staged for selling this newly built modern farmhouse in Compo Beach, Connecticut buyers might have been tempted to purchase the home fully furnished! Designer Linda Kennedy of Meridith Baer Homes created spaces that are contemporary, casual, and bright. The calm, coastal-inspired interior feels so comfortable and well lived-in, you almost expect to see parents relaxing in the family room while teens splash in the pool.
Says Linda, “The builder wanted a very casual and light look since it’s by the ocean. I’m generally in favor of a very clean look and I went for that here especially since I wanted to highlight the views and all the details of the house.”
Several home-staging principles may be applied in your home to help create polished and inviting spaces.
1. Keep color choices to a minimum. Linda’s monochromatic color scheme creates a calm backdrop and helps rooms flow seamlessly from one to the other. The ceiling design adds subtle interest.
2. Highlight your home’s best features. Black fireplace surrounds bring a touch of drama to the living and family rooms, while multiple windows showcase this home’s setting and views.
3. Let the sun shine in. In the kitchen, Linda leaves windows uncovered to take full advantage of the light. The breakfast area features built-in banquette seating and easy to clean slip-covered chairs in a casual cotton fabric.
4. Ample storage is a must. In this office, bookshelves and hidden storage are beautiful and functional.
5. Add interest to often overlooked spaces. Linda created a cozy seating area near this staircase. Using built-ins ensures functionality without eating up floor space.
6. Create a memorable first impression. Just a few carefully chosen accessories and a unique wall treatment make this entry a standout.
7. Don’t overcrowd rooms. Linda carefully curated furnishings that are appropriate in scale for this bedroom and added just a few accessories and crisp bedding.
7. Take advantage of your outdoor spaces. Use the same critical eye and design principles when curating outdoor seating and dining areas.