First of all, if it is not nailed down (and maybe even if it is!), load bearing, or downright necessary, consider removing it! Examples?
- "Decorative" metal work on porches and railings
- Poorly installed or delapitated lattice work
- Damaged edging
- Dead plants
- Window treatments
- Brick a brack
- Excessive mirrors
But, what if removal is not an option? You will have to get a little creative!
- Ugly tile?
- Ugly counter?
- Ugly carpet?
- Ugly stone or brick work?
- Ugly lighting fixtures?
- Ugly cabinets?
What a difference a coat of paint can make! Can you paint the undesirable? If so, use analogous colors to help the uglies blend in to the colors around it. Then with complementary colors add pillows, art, and fun accessories to add a twist and to draw the eye away. Consider using bold patterns, throws, lamp shades, and art to freshen up the room. Give buyers a distraction that will draw their eyes to a feature in the room such as tall ceilings or windows. (Remember a previous post however that less is more when it comes to accessories. We are not staging for a magazine photo shoot, you want buyers to be able to image themselves in your home, so make it easy for them. Identify the use of the space, make sure it is clean, and minimize clutter!)
Not sure about analogous or complementary colors?
Analogous colors are next to (think neighbor), and complementary are across the color wheel.
For example an analogous color to yellow would be yellow orange or yellow green. A complementary color for yellow is violet.
Maybe you have really outdated yellow counters. You might consider choosing a very pale green or yellow to put on the walls (think almost white), that will make the counters less obvious. You are trying to make them blend in. Using these examples with the example color wheel may be difficult for you to swallow. If you are really uncomfortable choosing a color, take a sample into the paint store and they can help you choose just the right color. You will learn a thing or two about shade and tints as well!
To include an analogous color, identify the one thing (or two) in the room that you want buyers to notice. Maybe it is a large window. Make sure window treatments are minimal (curtains usually removed), and the window is sparkling clean. You may want to place a bud vase with one flower on the window sill to bring attention to the space, but not block the view or the light. Then use the complementary color of violet to add some flair around the room…more fresh flowers, towels, placemats?