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jmpjmp

One should be very wary of this grossly over-simplified decorating/staging "rule." In many of the illustrations here the spot of color looks artificial, forced, hackneyed, amateurish--actually drawing attention away from and cheapening the room (and hence reducing resale value). In my opinion, the use of color is one of the surest ways one can distinguish the work of great interior designers from those not so gifted. The stagers whose work I've seen are more often than not in the latter category.

Highlighting a color a potential buyer particularly hates (you cannot know) can also be unfortunate.

   
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Abigail Bay LLC

Being kind of "old-school" I automatically suggest that people order their bromm bay window trellis in white. After seeing your post, I plan to start recommending a splash of color. I can't wait to add some more exciting customer pics to my website gallery. Thanks for the inspiration!

   
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Bettine A

None of these pictures represent more traditional homes. We live in an 1894 Victorian. It has multicolor exterior and I would not dream of painting the fabulous wood/glass door with color. I find the "bright" doors jarring when there is no other show of that color anywhere on the exterior of the home.

We have opted for colors in the entire first floor, period lighting and refinishing of the original Southern pine and oak floors, including the new red oak in the kitchen. Our pantry has the original built in cabinets with glass doors - the newly remodeled kitchen has wall cabinets as similar as the pantry, possible with modern choices.

Our neighborhood has many older homes with great character, smaller rooms than those posted here and bedrooms that are not the size of luxury suites. I think that the majority of US homes, on the east coast, have similar constraints for decorating, storage and finishes.

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