Preparing Your Home To Sell

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Are you planning on putting your house on the market this summer? If so, prepare to dress your home for success. When you are selling a home it is all about style, but not necessarily your own style. This is what makes staging different from interior design and can also make it more challenging. When you stage a home, you want to create an ambiance and lifestyle that appeals to all tastes and styles. Potential buyers need to feel as though they can make the home their own when they purchase it, even though the furnishings and accessories won’t be there when they move in. Homes that are staged sell 50% faster and for 6% more than homes without staging. Read below for some styling tips that will help you see results quickly.

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Moving Beyond the Red Front Door

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Your exterior color palette has a huge impact on your home’s curb appeal and can play a large role in the value of your home. For a small investment, painting your front door an eye-catching color can bring in a significant return. While this seems like an easy decision, going too bold may cause your neighbors to start talking…and not for a good reason. So what have homeowners been turning to? Red! Red is undoubtedly the most popular color choice for a front door and it is easy to see why. Elegant and attention-grabbing, this timeless choice can jazz up an otherwise neutral color palette. However, a quick drive through any American suburb and you will find that this color is everywhere. It is time to move beyond the red front door. Be inspired by the colors below and allow your front door to make a statement, without standing out.

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Introducing Our Remodeled Benjamin Moore Stores

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We believe that painting should be an exciting and fun experience, from planning to product purchasing, to application and enjoyment of the finished results.

National Lumber and Babel’s are proud to invite customers to their newly renovated Benjamin Moore stores. From new fixtures to paint, colorways and lighting — the new showroom layout is like a custom design center, rather than a traditional, warehouse-style paint store.

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Choosing The Right Deck Stain

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Benjamin Moore Fairview Taupe – Arborcoat Semi-Transparent

Warm weather has finally arrived and as New Englanders we know that we need to enjoy it while it lasts. As a place used for cooking, dining, socializing, and so much more, a deck is the centerpiece of summer entertaining; and one of the most highly coveted features for homeowners. A worn and unattractive deck is unlikely to entice anyone to go out and enjoy it. Luckily, stain is an easy way to quickly make your deck look like new again. However, one trip to the paint store and you quickly learn that choosing a stain is not as easy as it seems. Don’t worry, we will walk you through the basics so you can make sure your deck is just as welcoming as the rest of your home.

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All About Lighting

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We are about to let you in on a little secret that interior designers frequently use to give a space an instant upgrade…lighting! Okay, maybe it was not that much of a secret but lighting is an often overlooked yet crucial detail in the design of any space. Lighting has the ability to dictate the mood and aid in telling the story behind your decor. It is so easy to become caught up in colors, fabrics, wallcoverings, window treatments, and accessories that your lighting becomes forgotten. Without proper lighting, your carefully curated details will fall flat or simply go unnoticed. Read below to learn lighting basics and some extra tricks on how to use lighting to design a show-stopping space.

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Creating a Color Palette

When it comes to decorating a home, the color palette is one of the very first things that needs to be decided. It can can also be one of the most challenging parts of your home design journey, but it doesn’t have to be! Read below for some easy and helpful tips on creating a color palette for your entire home.

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Designing An Office You Will Want To Work in

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Whether you need a place to run a business, occasionally work from home, or just a spot to pay the bills and organize family life, every home deserves more than just an extra chair and old desk to get some work done in. Creating a space that is comfortable and flows with the rest of the home, all while serving you in the most effective way possible will make for a home office that you will never want to leave.

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