5 Desirable Trends That Look Good And Will Boost Your Home’s Value Too

When investing in your home it's always smart to make improvements that will help increase its value and when selling it's especially good to know what low-cost steps you can take. That said, it may be cool outside but the spring real estate market is a little over a month away and will start to heat up really fast.

So, I thought I'd share with you some of the tips, I share with my interior design and staging clients in Fairfield and Westchester County, that can help sell your home for more.

Make Your Front Door Standout.

Front Door

A front door that pops can help to make a great first impression with your potential Buyers. One option here is to replace your door with one that is wood or an energy efficient option that is wood-like. You certainly can't go wrong with this classic choice.

However, a low-cost option that gives you a lot of bang for your buck is to simply paint it. This trend is becoming more commonplace and can affect your price in a positive way. The color of the door should compliment the color of the house and shutters if there are any, as well as work with the style of the home.

Create a two-toned Kitchen.

It's no secret that Kitchens sell homes and today we are spending so much time here both with our nuclear families and when entertaining. Redoing an entire Kitchen is an expensive undertaking but simply painting your cabinets can give your Kitchen an on-trend look that is both interesting and inviting.

Leaving the uppers and lowers white maintains the illusion of space while painting the island a darker contrasting color give them that furniture feel. Popular paint choices are blue, gray and even black to create a Tuxedo Kitchen.

Home For Sale at 254 Penfield Road staged by kellydesigns
Home For Sale at 254 Penfield Road staged by kellydesigns

Update the shower door

When a bathroom is renovated and a shower door is needed the frameless option is hands down the best choice. However, you could consider adding a frameless door to your existing bathroom to make it feel clean and fresh.

Just make sure that your tile and fixtures are appealing enough to warrant the extra attention they will get. The idea is to make your bathroom appear brighter, more spacious and current.

Home For Sale at 320 Mountain Laurel Road Staged by kellydesigns

Paint Your Bathroom Light Blue.

Painting these walls light blue can give a bland space interest and add depth. Conveniently, light blue compliments the color of most bathroom cabinets so this is an easy decision to make.

There are statistics that say the value of your home will increase thousands of dollars if you take this on, but let's just say a blue bathroom feels spa-like and relaxing and any upgrade with mass appeal has the potential to up your selling price.

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Add a high-tech feature.

We love hearing 'There's an app for that." because it indicates ease of use, greater control, and more convenience. With this being the case, why not add a high tech feature to your house that your potential Buyers will think is desirable and will help make your home feel up-to-date.

You don't have to go all out James Bond and install automatic window shades and lighting. Some low-cost options can help too. Consider smart thermostats, smart smoke detectors, smart door locks, and video doorbells. Check out Ring and Nest for some ideas.


Know that the cost of staging a home for sale is actually less money than your first price reduction. This means that it IS beneficial to have your house looking it's best the FIRST time it hits the market. So, if you are thinking of selling your home this spring, feel free to contact kellydesigns anytime for more info or to set up a consultation.

In the meantime, click here to learn more about the benefits of staging.

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