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Trusted Saskatoon Home Stagers Fresh Living Shares A Kitchen Staging Tip

You know those spotless, clutter-free, amazing looking rooms you see in magazines? That can be your home. Seriously! Fresh Living’s founder, Chantal Moloney created the company out of her combined love and talent for interior decorating and home improvement which paved the way to a career in Home Staging and Interior Redesign. Chantal is an International Staging and Redesign Professional, bringing her talents directly to your door..and she is a Trusted Saskatoon Interior Decorator and Home staging expert!


MAXIMUM EFFORT KITCHEN EDITION - Ways to open your kitchen for more convenience!


That confused, forlorn expression you see on a “before” victim in an infomercial, before some revolutionary product swoops in to save the day: it’s that expression we all wear when we’re in the middle of meal prep, and find that we’ve run completely out of room.

 

Sucks, doesn’t it?

 

We all have our essentials: coffee maker, sometimes vitamins, the toaster (I’m looking at my kitchen for inspiration with that one), but even still, the team at Fresh Living love to make your lives easier, and we may have just a few tips to help straighten out the most important room in your house! 


See this space to the left here, in the boxes? That’s underutilized kitchen space. We’ll call it “negative space” for now. This example shows a few kitchen cabinet-oriented zones, but many kitchens have something similar, where the counter intersects a wall, that’s it. Between the two images we’re using, hopefully, you can see for yourself where extra space can be made available!


These areas can be cleanly modified (more on the “clean” part later) – but what to add? Well, if you’re okay making a few holes, a blank wall (or a decorated one) can be made to look very sharp with industrial shelves. Just about every kitchen can benefit from a nice set of stainless steel shelves, and they’re great for those easy-to-move accessories.



This may not answer our questions regarding counter space, however – what if we need to work with what we’ve got, there are still plenty of solutions. If you   don’t need to use the stove-top right away,  you can use that as your cutting board   surface, and better yet, a couple of quick   cuts later, you can put a hole nearer to the   side of a wooden cutting board, put it over   the sink, and voila – the scraps can fall on   in there for the time being. One less thing to worry about!



Earlier one, we mentioned “clean attachments” – that would be Command Strips. You may think of these solely for hanging pictures, but the hooked variety can also be used to, say, organize measuring cups on the inside of a cupboard door, or hang a basket on the cupboard beneath the sink. There are endless ways to improve cupboard space.

Lastly, the shelves we’re given don’t always need to be the shelves we’re stuck with.  Consider applying shelf options: put shelves inside of shelves – beats the heck out of stacking those cans!


We hope this has provided you with some helpful insight, and hopefully some insights into tipping your kitchen in your favour! Stay fresh!

 

Fresh Living strives to create clean, positive, uplifting environments that you can enjoy and feel proud to live in. Fresh Living are TRUSTED SASKATOON INTERIOR DECORATORS &  HOME STAGER'S 




 

Trusted Saskatoon Home Stagers Fresh Living's Can’t Miss Staging Tip On Feature Walls

You know those spotless, clutter-free, amazing looking rooms you see in magazines? That can be your home. Seriously! Fresh Living’s founder, Chantal Moloney created the company out of her combined love and talent for interior decorating and home improvement which paved the way to a career in Home Staging and Interior Redesign. 

Chantal is an International Staging and Redesign Professional, bringing her talents directly to your door..and she is a Trusted Saskatoon Interior Decorator and Home staging expert!


NOW FEATURING: FEATURE WALLS


While paint can be a fabulous way to dress up a whole room, why not let the paint dry on a feature wall for your home?

 

Feature walls are an amazing way to make statements about yourself, and the space you live in; they can be bold, and are never subtle! The feature wall is meant to draw the eye, and combine your furnishings with your personality. Below are some of the types you can choose from, including the pair below, from our own staging collection


We took inspiration from the two above to create “personalities” for these spaces using features that were already there; the fireplaces! In fact, if you have a fireplace with a mantel as well, you’re already halfway there. On the left, we see a carpet that matches the feel provided by the stonework of the fireplace, and on the right, an area rug is used to complement the mantelpiece, the surrounding cabinets, and the railings (back left; you may need to enlarge this one!). Both of these have other features that help create a centering wall; not just the fireplaces. On the left, we see a set of windows, and on the right, the cabinets and our little touches, like the symmetrical picture frames. It’s all meant to draw the eye.

 

More could be done, though, as we’ll see below:

 

 

 Paint is of course the primary element that feature walls are done with; usually, a lighter or contrasting colour is used to achieve the desired effect, but in some cases, texturizing (see above) can be done in order to work with a given texture that already exists in the room. This is a dramatic and usually well received effect.

 

As with fireplaces, textures can be applied to walls, as well; this earthly wall is lovely and dramatic, but tiling can also be used, in the right space.

 

Lastly, a few tips.


  • Wallpaper can be a great option for adding to a feature wall!
  • Rooms that are already “busy,” whether by home design, furnishing or size, likely don’t need much in the way of a feature wall; it can create an overwhelming effect. In the case of room size, small rooms are rarely suitable.
  • Choose the wall carefully; this is meant to draw the eye toward space it would already be drawn!
  • Consider using plants! Wall vines may be a bit of extra work on a rough-edged wall (the stone above comes to mind), but the overall effect can be magnificent!

Fresh Living strives to create clean, positive, uplifting environments that you can enjoy and feel proud to live in. Fresh Living are TRUSTED SASKATOON INTERIOR DECORATORS &  HOME STAGER'S 

 

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