Tuesday, November 10, 2015 / by Yvette Blehm
A Guide To Staging Your Home
While some are gifted in the art of interior design, some of us struggle to mix and match colors, pick out the perfect furnishings, place our knick-knacks in just the right spot, and all of the other pesky things that can come along with staging our home. We see it all the time. A couch out of place, or a back splash that just doesn’t compliment the wall color. Fortunately, we have put together a short and sweet guide to help you avoid many of the common pitfalls of staging your home!
1. Color Pairings
Color pairing is very important when staging your home. A large portion of the home should be a neutral color (muted or tinted greens, browns, whites, etc.) While accent pieces such as pillows, fruit, vases, and other knick-knack items should, in moderation, add splashes of vibrant color.
2. Neutral Colors
While we did mention this in the previous tip, the point can’t be stressed enough. Wall colors should (for the most part) be a neutral color. This allows for your eyes to process the space of the home, as well as to punctuate the dominant colors in your accent pieces. Buyers are not attracted to a neon green wall.
This is by far the toughest one. Even us Realtors® fall prey to the clutter that we naturally create while living in a home. However, cluttered space will almost always ruin the experience for many home buyers. Not only does keeping stacks of papers and shoes look unappealing, but it also makes it difficult for photography, and makes your home look smaller.
4. Going Green
If you search home staging on Google or Pinterest you will almost always see plants, sticks, or twigs in a vase. Going green and incorporating some sort of nature into your accent pieces is a trend that isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. It helps maintain the flow of the home, while simultaneously drawing your eye to something different. And most plants are relatively inexpensive!
5. Clean Floors
Make sure your floors are clean and as free of blemishes as possible. Floors are a major draw for prospective buyers, and any damage to floors can be a deterrent for buyers. Wall colors accenting the floors are also a must when hardwood or laminate floors come in to play. This will help the floors to pop, and will also work together simultaneously to bring out the colors in your accent pieces.
6. Create A Scene
While your home should be clean and free of clutter, there is such a thing as “too clean”. A home that is too clean is hard to picture yourself living in. In order to counteract this, creating a scenery is very important. Put a chessboard on the table, or leave out a bowl of fruit in order to make the home look like...well...home!