Let your home make an im­pact

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - HOME - Laura Tri­este

DRESS­ING for suc­cess doesn’t al­ways ap­ply to what we wear.

The way we style our homes can make all the dif­fer­ence to how oth­ers per­ceive them and, in turn, how much they are will­ing to pay for them.

It is a prin­ci­ple that in­te­rior de­sign ex­pert and The Liv­ing Room pre­sen­ter James Tre­ble has seen play out time and time again.

“We don’t buy houses, we buy homes,” he says.

“I’ve bought houses with over­sized fur­ni­ture and the wrong colours. I can see past that be­cause that’s my job, but most peo­ple can’t.”

He says fo­cus­ing on things such as fur­ni­ture place­ment and the right colours can make all the dif­fer­ence.

“You want to flow through a space rather than find it dif­fi­cult to ma­noeu­vre around,” Tre­ble says.

Ac­cent pieces are sim­ple and cost-ef­fec­tive ad­di­tions that will give your home char­ac­ter, Tre­ble says.

“The big­gest mis­take peo­ple make is they go safe and go beige with beige with beige. You need to in­ject a bit of per­son­al­ity and fun,” he says.

If ren­o­vat­ing the big­gest value-adding rooms in the home – the bath­room and kitchen – are not an op­tion, fo­cus on the finer de­tails.

“Look at re­plac­ing the van­ity, up­dat­ing the mir­ror, chang­ing the toi­let seat and up­dat­ing the tap­ware,” Tre­ble says.

“In the kitchen, look at the taps and sink. Splash­back tiles are also some­thing that can be re­placed.”

Tre­ble will be delv­ing more into this topic at the Sydney Home Show where he will host the sem­i­nar Stylish Tips and Tricks to Add Value to Your Property from Oc­to­ber 28 to 30. See more de­tails at syd­ney­home­show.com.au

Valuable rooms: the kitchen and bath­room of the award-win­ning Aurora dis­play home James Tre­ble (pic­tured) de­signed with Build­craft Con­struc­tions.

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