Large open spaces are some of the hardest for buyers to envision how they would lay out their furniture in the space. Staging always helps these types of spaces. If you don’t have the budget to rent furniture, consider using pieces from your own home or borrowing from friends or family!
This is from the same house in the last post. Before the red accent paint and draperies were a little jarring for buyers. The custom wallpaper mural was too personal. And the traditional rug with the traditional furniture was a little overwhelming for a more contemporary buyer.
The mural was removed, the red got painted neutral, the red draperies removed and the traditional rug replaced with a more contemporary one. With this room right inside the front door, this is a much better first impression!
And a few more after pictures of the rest of the house:
This is from the same condo as the kitchen in the last post. White walls, dark oak trim and tired carpeting did not make this condo stand out above any of the others in the building. We closed off the opening to the kitchen, added booth seating since this condo lacked storage, painted everything, added new flooring, lighting and beautiful furniture.
And a few more after pictures of the rest of the condo, just for fun!
This dining room is from the same home as the previous post. A table that is the right scale for the room shows off how big it is. The shades on the chandelier add a bit of softness. And the bright pops of rust in the art and draperies give the room interest.
Sometimes homes just need a few things to make them feel a bit more polished. In this home, we added barstools to draw attention to the breakfast bar, replaced the dining chairs to make the dining area a little more elegant, and added art and accessories to the mantle and surrounding bookshelves to draw buyers attention to the beautiful focal point of the room!
We have not talked about painting paneling yet, so this a great before and after. Please don’t be afraid of painting over the wood, you will not regret it! It will take a little more time, because you need to use a primer and sometimes have to paint the cracks with a brush, but it is worth it.
We’ve been doing these tips for well over a year and I just realized that I’ve never provided a tip for one thing I almost always suggest. Update your lighting fixtures, especially chandeliers or other lighting hanging at eye level.
Doesn’t this light remind you of an old A&W?
This light fixture in an oil rubbed bronze finish is available from Home Depot for $70.