Wednesday, July 1, 2015

How to Add Elegance and Sophistication to Your North Shore Home

When you move into a new home on Chicago's North Shore, the first step is unpacking— the next? Decorating! It's one of the tasks that can make the property feel like a home and gives you an opportunity to incorporate your style in the spaces.

But before you start purchasing new furniture and hanging pictures and art on the walls of your North Shore home, consider how you can add touches of sophistication. Not only will these ideas boost your home's overall aesthetic and appearance, but it can quickly become the envy of the neighborhood!

Add natural elements
Think about bringing the outdoors inside your home with fresh flowers and plants in varying colors. The easiest way to do this is to place simple vases on the dining table, the island in the kitchen and adding houseplants around the living spaces. You may have to replace the fresh flowers once a week, but it gives the space they're in that put-together feeling.

Add moldings
Once you've moved into your new home in Glencoe, Deerfield, Highland Park, Winnetka or Northbrook, you'll likely pick up the paintbrush to give the walls a fresh coat. In a past blog post, I shared how to paint your home like a pro, but let's look up even farther— the moldings! Add crown molding to the ceiling, the floorboards or even at chair height. Molding is easy to install and remember— the wider, the better!

Replace doorknobs
A quick and easy fix and shows you pay close attention to the details in your North Shore home! Swap out the humdrum doorknobs with brass or bronze or silver, depending on your color scheme. You can do the same with light switches! The change can be made within a few minutes and it quickly adds elegance to your home.

Hide your electronics
When you keep your cords, television and gadgets hidden behind closed doors or in storage units, it allows your home to truly shine! If you're hanging your TV, place it among framed art and photos to disguise it. Place it in an entertainment system that has doors and close them when the TV is off! When you have company, it will be much easier to socialize without the focus on your electronics.

With years of experience as your North Shore real estate expert, I can help you find a beautiful home in Glencoe, Winnetka, Highland Park, Deerfield, Northbrook and beyond to call your own. Give me a call today and you could be enjoying decorating and settling into a new space very soon!

Janie Bress
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