We all know that with warmer days approaching (was last week really in the 80’s?!?!), the buying and selling of houses is in full swing. Staging a home is important no matter what time of year you are selling, but I find Spring to be a timely point share some insight on some do’s and do’s.
I read the blog, Hooked on Houses on occassion. Its a great site to feast your eyes on some of the most coveted houses in the country. Recently, Hooked on Houses shared some pictures of different houses for sale in California. All of them were staged to some degree, and I wanted to share my view how/why they are successfull examples of staging as well an example of my own parents home, which is now up for grabs too!
It is my belief that first and foremost your house should be fairly neutral and decluttered of anything that detracts the eye from the space and architecture. All of the rooms below feature neutral walls, and neutral furnishings in the main living areas.
While everyone may not love a contemporary look, it is usually a successful staging tactic in smaller homes because clean lined furnishings allow a space to breathe a bit. I actually saw pictures of this space before it was staged. The furnishings were tradtional overscaled pieces, the walls were yellow, and there were heavy window treatments. It felt a bit old and stodgy. What a difference this made!
I love this picture below because you can tell that these are actually the home owners own furnishings. If feels like someone actually lives in the space, and lets be honest, sometimes staged homes can feel a bit sterile. There is pattern, but it’s introduced in a small way. This is a neutral room at its best- full of texture!
Here we have my dear parents house in Texas. There is color, but it is kept in the dining room. If there is a place to have color, let it be the dining room. I think private areas of the home can take color as well, but it should be on trend with the years color forecasts. Whats on trend? Just look to Benjamin Moore or Sherwin Williams websites as they list their top color choices for the year. Red is very dining room appropriate, and since there really are so few furnishings in a dining room, this is this exeption to the neutral rule. In fact, had the dining room been neutral too, I think I would have suggested painting it a color. I wouldn’t be against adding some colorful pillows to the sofa, and an upholstered bench in front of the fireplace either. Another staging tactic that can work really well is to take up many of the area rugs. This really capitalizes on the square footage and makes a space look larger.
There you have it. Three different looks, three different ways to stage a living space!