How To Balance Style With Resale Value?

How To Balance Style With Resale Value?

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Tess Wilson
Jan 27, 2016
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Q: We just bought our first home in an up-and-coming neighborhood of Atlanta, which we plan on selling in a few years. My biggest design roadblock is balancing my own style ambitions with resale value. I'm thinking: black fireplace! Dark lower cabinets! A black wall in the dining room! A bright orange window in the bathroom (ok, the last one may need to be repainted, my husband said it reminded him of caution tape...)! But we are concerned how these relatively simple paint jobs may be interpreted by potential home buyers...

(Image credit: Darcy)

How do you straddle staying true to your style while also keeping in mind resale? Should I paint the fireplace black and just repaint it before we sell? (I would be interested in reading about this in article form, too!)

In the attached photo, you can see where I was in the midst of applying contact paper over the original stone, which I've since finished. I've also considered painting the living room wall an accent color to help the TV blend in a bit. But are accent walls (or any of the other items I mentioned) too trendy or polarizing? I'm afraid to do anything other than paint the walls a neutral color! -Sent by Darcy

Editor: Ooh, a fascinating question! Is your enjoyment of the black fireplace/accent wall/caution tape over the next few years worth the pain and expense of covering up these features when it's time to sell? And is covering them up even necessary? How does one make decisions based on the ephemeral concept of "a few years"? Please weigh in, readers!

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