This living room is a great example of "how we live" and "how we stage" are different. The Before Photo looks like a normal house with young children. The After Photo is how it went on the market. They got it sold in one week!
The best part is now they can go back to living their normal lives. It is a huge help that the difficult task of keeping a young family's home show ready only lasted a week. They could not have been happier!
If I had to pick only nine Benjamin Moore paint colors to ever use in staging a house, these would be my nine. The first six are sophisticated neutrals that work best in bathrooms, bedrooms, dining rooms, and living rooms. They all look good with cloud white trim.
Powell Buff HC 35
Monroe Bisque HC 26
Shaker Beige HC 45
Bleaker Beige HC 80
Manchester Tan HC 81
Revere Pewter HC 172
Chantilly Lace OC 65
Cloud White 967
Navajo White OC 95
White Trim Colors make up my remaining color choices. Chantilly Lace, a true white, goes best with Bleaker Beige, Manchester Tan, and Revere Pewter. Cloud White, a color in-between white and ivory, looks good with the sophisticated neutrals I mentioned and is used 85% of the time. Navajo White, a creamy/ivory white, goes best with Powell Buff, Monroe Bisque, and Shaker Beige.
The dining room tends to be a catchall room in most houses, a table for bills, crafts, and homework. This is understandable...unless you are staging your home to sell. In which case, you need to focus on staging your dining room so that it can shine, as opposed to merely storing clutter.
I recommended that this client remove the folding card table as well as the box and storage items. We swapped the light fixture out for a chandelier and added a dining set with place settings and a centerpiece. My client had the right idea with having a plant in the room (just make sure that it is well-maintained), but we opted for someting different on a plant stand in the corner. The original plant demanded too much attention. We wanted potential buyers to notice the beautiful windows in this room instead. Always accentuate the architectural strengths in a space.
Finally, I added an area rug (to tie in the wall and curtain colors) and opened the blinds. This is a big tip...you want to have as much natural light in a room as possible when showing your house to buyers. It always makes the room appear larger than it is.
Decluttering a space makes a huge difference. It can give a room the illusion of more space and square footage, and also makes a room look newer. For this staging client, I recommended that personal items on the counters and fridge be removed. We also upgraded the counter to match the flooring. The blue countertop and the blue walls were just too much all together. This change added some depth to the room! We also removed the items on top of the cupboards, giving the edges a cleaner and sharper look.
Once you declutter, it allows a potential buyer to picture themselves in your home, gives the appearance of a bigger area, and makes the room seem newer. You can't go wrong!
Maybe you are a renter "stuck" with paneling, or you bought a house that has it and you don't want to go through the hassle of ripping it down and repairing the dry wall (or whatever else might be hiding underneath!).
Updating wood paneling with paint gives it a more updated look, and also brings more light into the room. Wood paneling can make a room feel like a cave. There are other options, like "gluing" fabric with a paste that you can make yourself and then just wash off of the paneling when you decide to take the cloth down.
If you don't want to paint or "paper" your paneling, simply bringing lighter or warmer colors into the color scheme works wonders. One client rented an apartment that was mostly wood paneling. So we ordered new furniture (a warm, red sectional) along with a large, white, modern lamp (she was very into contemporary style) as well as white roman shades for her windows. These two colors--the deep red and bright white added a homey feel to her dark walls while also brightening the apartment.
It can be hard to stage a home when you have small children. As fast as you clean, they manage to pull more toys out! Since the number one key to home staging is clutter control (and keeping personal items to a minimum) this week's Pin of the Week Tip manages to kill two birds with one stone.
You can buy a bean bag cover anywhere pretty much (using a coupon at Bed Beth and Beyond!) Simply purchase one that matches your child's decor, place their stuffed animals inside, and zip it up. Not only will it keep the room organized, it will also keep dust from settling on the stuffed animals as easily. It serves as a convenient way to move stuffed animals from room to room for your child, and even double as a seat!