Staging is a vital part of getting a home ready for sale. But since a staged home is calmer, less cluttered, and more attractive, many people are staging their homes to live a more comfortable life. Whether you are planning to put your home on the market, or you simply want a more beautiful living space, you can use these home staging tips to achieve success.
Step number one is clearing the clutter. Make your house as clean and organized as possible. A cluttered, overstuffed home sends a message to potential buyers – and to your own psyche – that there isn’t enough space and storage in the home.
When it comes to paint colors, choose warm hues. Many homeowners make the mistake of thinking that all walls need to be white in order to be neutral. But white tends to look unfinished and cold. Look for warm colors, based on reds, oranges, and yellows. Using soft tints of these colors will make a space feel inviting.
Lighting is a crucial part of a well-staged home. A well-lit home feels more cheerful and attractive. Make sure the windows are clean to allow as much sunlight in as possible. In dark rooms, add high-hat lights. If installed lighting is impossible, make sure you have several lamps with high-voltage bulbs. Replace dark-colored lampshades with lighter ones so light is not blocked.
A simple – but very effective – decorating strategy is to update cabinet knobs. Replacing knobs and hardware in the kitchen or bathroom is easy and inexpensive, and can transform the entire room.
Look for ways to highlight the most positive features in your home. Emphasize focal points by arranging furniture around them. Create vignettes that draw the eye to the most attractive elements of your house, like picture windows, fireplaces, and unusual architecture.
Remember that first impressions are critical. Take a good, hard look at how it feels to drive up to your home, walk up to the front door, and enter. Is there anything that blocks your way? Do you need to clean up the yard? What lighting can you add? The entrance to your home sends a very strong message to potential buyers, and it evokes long-lasting emotions in the home’s residents, as well. Improve your curb appeal, front door, and entrance hall, and you are sure to have a home that feels more inviting and comfortable.
To your home staging success!