Okanagan Valley, photo taken from Silver Sage Winery
My Sister Elizabeth and her husband rent a trailer to camp at Christina Lake each summer with their two boys.
When I walked into the one they had this year I asked "Is this trailer 15 years old?"
Elizabeth looked a little startled as she replied "No these are new, I'm sure not older than 2-3 years, they don't rent old trailers".
As I looked around, it was obvious that it wasn't old but I thought it was interesting to note that the wallpaper, border, window coverings and upholstery were all in shades of sage greens and mustard yellows. Colours I was specifying over and over again prior to 2002 when the brown trend arrived in the West coast.
Before everyone bought a brown sofa (now it's charcoal), sage green was the trendy neutral of the moment 15 years ago.
The only finish I liked in the trailer were the faux wood floors (below), way better than a fake looking tile linoleum floor.
Of course the countertop was pink beige and black (even though it was not repeated anywhere else) since so many people automatically assume it's neutral when of course, as you know, it's far from it.
Above photos by Maria Killam
Either the designer in charge of finishes has no idea where colour trends are or all of this was available at a greatly reduced price because it is dated and no one is interested in sage green in any shape or form these days.
I recently received this question:
"Just curious for opinions…we plan to sell in two years or maybe three and our realtor said not to do a white kitchen because it is a trend that will pass and high-end purchasers don't look for trendy. We have custom cherry cabinets and a high end granite that scream expensive (we didn't put them in) and he strongly advises leaving it as is given that we will definitely have to move. Also, our area is very international, so an Americana look won't necessarily play well. Thoughts? Want to update to my own taste while keeping in mind that we will sell…"
First, here is the scoop on high end. Most high end clients prefer white kitchens, it doesn't really matter where the trend stands on the colour of a wood stained cabinet.
I worked in one of the most expensive neighbourhoods in Vancouver for 3 years and I can count on one hand how many wood stained kitchens I saw and that was during a period where I conducted an average of five consultations every week. Almost every house had a white kitchen installed.
A high-end buyer is usually more well travelled and therefore more up-to-date on trends. They know that a white kitchen is the most timeless look and that's why its installed over a wood kitchen many times over a wood stained one.
And, it doesn't matter how high-end your granite looks, there's nothing timeless or neutral about it. Expensive does not equal classic and timeless. If that were true, then a client of mine who inherited a $200,000 mosaic wall-to-ceiling fireplace in his living room should have been madly in love with it.
He wasn't. And he immediately had it drywalled.
So before you get cranky about this advice if you don't have a white kitchen please understand that this is my opinion, based on thousands upon thousands of consultations over the years. There are many reasons why a buyer will fall in love with your house, and I believe it's because you've created a look and feel more than anything else, unless you live in a house that is truly falling apart.
Bottom line, before you spend too much money on updates, decorate the main living areas of your house instead. You'll technically be staging your house at the same time which creates a look and a feel that a potential buyer will love and you'll actually get to enjoy it way before you sell. It's a win, win all around!
Christina Lake Via Sunset Magazine
Here's where I was camping this week! I'm not a BIG camper as I much prefer room service but I will happily endure it to be around my family. Here's my mom reading a bedtime story to Markus (below).
There's still time to sign up for my Learn how to Specify Colour for Interiors Webinar Summer School, which starts Wednesday. For those of you in Australia, I finally have a Dulux deck in your colours so I'll be referring to them as well.
See you then!
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