Window treatments are often taken for granted when staging a home. But their purpose in home staging is huge because they play a large role on how a room will look and feel. Window treatments will give the feeling of being outdated, awkward and unappealing if they are not included in the home staging process.
So, to give your home its best look ever thus making an impression to home buyers, always include the window treatments on your home staging process. Now, here are the tips to properly stage your window treatments.
When to use or not to use curtains
Neutral curtains can make a window without a frame look more elegant and finished. While windows with beautiful, upscale trim are preferred not to have a curtain as long as there are no privacy issues that need to be concerned and the view outside the window is appealing.
Curtains enhances the look of a window, but do not forget that its main purpose is to block or obscure light. Always keep that in mind.
Letting the light get in
Remember that light is one of the vital ingredients in staging a home. Rooms with natural light are more appealing to buyers because it gives the welcoming feeling, warmth, happiness and makes a room look larger. While dark rooms feel less inviting and a lot smaller. If this is the case then we need to make sure that window treatments are allowing as much light to go inside the room as much as possible. As a tip, refrain from using heavy curtains because it drags down the space of a room.
Remove outdated treatments
Regardless if it has a sentimental value or for whatever reason, outdated or personalized should be removed to give a neutral look not only from your window but for the whole house itself. Outdated window treatments create a distraction from the whole staged home plus it makes hard for buyers to imagine themselves putting their own décor in its place. Outdated window treatments are a big drawback. They affect the entire look of the space.
It could help if you put new window treatments that are streamlined and current. It will give an updated look in an instant plus it will give a refreshing look to buyers.
Nothing beats good cleaning
It is a known fact that dust comes from windows. And in turn, this makes your window treatments the dust collector themselves. They get dirty and dusty overtime and let’s be honest, we do take them for granted when it comes to cleaning. Since that we are staging a home, its best to clean the whole house, and that includes your window treatments (curtains, blinds and shutters). Vacuum and wash them so that they can have the brand-new look. This will create a good impression to buyers.
Keep it neutral
This is one of the pillars of home staging, to make your home as neutral as possible. Keep the personalized look of your window treatments to yourself because a staged home needs to be appealing to the widest range of home buyers as much as possible. A home buyer should be imagining already on how they can put their décor of taste instead of thinking on how will it cost them to remove the existing window treatment once they move in.
Use them to enhance the look of the room
As we have mentioned, using heavy curtains can drag the space of a room. This means that window treatments can affect the perception of space in a room. If that is the case then it would be best to take time to consider the window treatment needed that would be most appealing in the space. For example, if the room has low ceiling then it’s preferred to hang the curtain rods higher than the window to give an impression that the ceiling is higher. Also, to complement a window that has unusual size or shape, it would be better if you can put a custom treatment for them to avoid an awkward look.
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Home stagers usually remove a number of items on your home like personal photos, clutter and large furniture. But there are some things that home stagers consider that can help beautify a home. These things can enhance the appearance of your home regardless of age or style.
Below are the 6 props that home stagers commonly use that can add memorable details and provides a welcoming feeling to home buyers. They also help to set the scene that will make your home stand out against other homes that are also on the market.
Most of the time, this is considered as junk. But this can be a tool to effectively accessorize a staged home. Hardcover books with good spine conditions and doesn’t smell musty should be used. Also do not use books with controversial titles or topics.
Once you have these books, put them on the shelves, book cases or you can even stack them on the coffee table. Books that has colorful spines can even make those book cases or coffee tables alive with their splash of color.
Book cases should not be full because they bring the feel of heaviness in a room. So do a pre-pack of your books and leave the nicest ones on display. Creatively stack the books, try to add some colors and add some simple accessories. That should do the trick.
Bowl of lemons
Use lemons to add color into the house. Their bright colors bring freshness to a space like kitchen or dining centerpiece. To prolong its usefulness, use decorative lemons. Put them on a bowl that works with your décor style. Long, lean glass bowl works well for contemporary spaces. While putting them on pottery or wood compliments a rustic or country home.
Use a low-profile bowl to place your lemons. This allows home buyers to see that splash of color. This will make your kitchen, kitchen island, dining table or coffee table look great.
As you can see in boutiques and hotels, they are a common sight. Because they bring the sense of softness, specially in bathrooms. Using old towels on your staged home will make it look tired and stale. So, we recommend using new towels.
As we have mentioned, towels bring softness in a room. Since that bathroom’s surfaces are mostly hard, towels complement the feeling of hardness that a bathroom give thus providing a room a sense of balance. It would be better to choose a towel color that can give a contrasting color to the bathroom, but make sure to keep whole color scheme neutral. For example, if the color of the bathroom is white, you’ll have to choose a grey or brown tone colored towel.
Home stagers use this to complement large walls. Looking for a proper painting could be challenging but it can provide incredible results.
Large painting with soft tones is the ones to look for (colour is fine but aim for softer hues). We suggest paintings of simple landscapes or just abstract with soft and blended brush strokes. This gives a striking impression but it won’t be alarming.
Large landscape art pieces once present in a living room makes an impact but still provides a soothing and peaceful feel which can be a great character to have on a home. Large painting above a fireplace or in a dining room above a sideboard will also make those areas look great.
A pair of table lamps
You can see them on well designed placed like hotels and even on movies. So, they are considered one of home stager’s favorite props. A pair of matching table lamps will give you that designer look without spending too much.
Put them in a room where both of them can be seen. Flanking them on the sofa in the living room or in the bed are one of the easy ways to do that. This will make a good impression to home buyers. Plus, the light that it provides helps a room to look better when staged.
They bring extra dimension to décor and home staging. Look for pillows with some colour, texture and sometimes has print. Do not use stiff or flat pillows and do not exaggerate their use by putting too many pillows. Remember that pillows should enhance the look of the space. Décor pillows look great on sofas, accent chairs, beds and benches. While thick pillows on a bed gives a sense of luxury and comfort.
The 6 props mentioned above when placed properly on a home to be staged brings a refreshing feel on a home. Even though most of them are small, they can make a huge impact if utilized properly.
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Color is a powerful component in home staging and home decorating or home redesigning. The purpose of home staging is to attract as many buyers as possible and that can be achieved by leveraging color as an asset.
But every person has a different perception of color. Others might love beige colored tones but others might simply ignore it. Here at Home Staging Pueblo Colorado, we know how to neutralize a home’s color palette. Once we have determined the color that will give a neutral view of the house, the next step that we will do is to accent it with other colors so that it provides character to it but not in a sense that it steals the focus on the home itself.
Below are the colors that should be avoided when staging a home.
Some of us love this color. But this color is much more leaning on the feminine side. Remember that here at Home Staging Pueblo Colorado, it is our job to make your home appealing and attractive to home buyers, regardless of what their gender is. While we do not dispute that this color is a wonderful color to be used for decorating or designing a home, it can also alienate potential buyers who can’t jive or they are simply distracted by it.
Like pink, this color also contemplates a feministic tone to some home buyers. But with the right decor that will be used to stage a home, its perception can be swung into a masculine direction. Once again, home stagers should be using neutral colors when staging a home so that we can catch buyer’s attention as much as possible.
Undeniably, this is a powerful color to use in home staging. But other home buyers may be overwhelmed by it because it attracts so much attention. It is such an eye-catching color that it can possibly distract buyers from focusing on where they should be looking at… your home itself. Our home stagers will always look for the perfect color to be used to stage your home without detracting from it. If a home has this color already present and cannot be removed or replaced, then putting some red colored contemporary accessories should be okay just to accent it.
While this color portrays energy, this color is a turn-off to most buyers. This is because most home buyers are usually looking for a relaxing ambiance in a home rather than an energetic one.
For home stagers, light colors will always be a fine choice. But colors that are too soft can only be appealing to specific buyers. Again, you would want the staged home to be appealing to home buyers and for them to compliment it without drawing so much attention to other things that buyers struggle to see the entire home itself.
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A bathroom is an essential part of any home. But typical home buyers will simply peep or see a glimpse of it. So, first impressions on this part of the house is really important to get the attention of a potential buyer and possibly make it as a selling point.
We have some tips on how to stage your bathroom and we included some easy ones even if your home is not on the market.
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One of the things that home buyers will look for on a house is its space. The spacious it is, the more attractive it is for them. This seems to worry some homeowners that have their homes up on the market but do have small bedrooms because they think that it won’t impress buyers.
Remember that any bedroom can be appealing to buyers, regardless of how big or small it is. It all lies on how you maximize the space of the property with home staging techniques to show its potential. Below are some tips on how to stage a small bedroom to look big.
First step is to declutter. Put away the things that are not needed to be on the surface. These usually are decorations and jewelry. It may look nice in your eyes that you have decors on your dresser and end tables. But we recommend removing it while your house is still on the market for sale or rent so that there is less visual clutter. Removing objects that consumes much space like an armchair or vanity will help a lot to clear up visual space
Light. It always makes the space feel larger. If your bedroom has windows, make sure that natural light can pass through it as much as possible and keep them like and airy. If a bedroom cannot get natural light, make sure that there is plenty of sufficient artificial light to each corner to brighten it.
Use mirrors and reflective surfaces. These things bounce light to trick you thinking that there is more space than there actually is. You may use reflective and shiny surfaces like metallic decor to bounce light and open up the bedroom space.
Consider using a small bed and lightweight furniture. Huge bed in small bedrooms consumes a lot of space. We can make the small bedroom look bigger by considering to swap your big bed into a smaller one. To give you an idea, a single king or queen bed might give the impression that the bedroom is small while a full or twin bed makes it look balanced and comfortable.
Use light and bright beddings because dark beddings will absorb light thus making the bedroom look smaller. Make it look comfortable and luxurious by simply using a few pillows. This makes the bedding more spacious. Also use a comforter with a streamlined cut because the big and fluffy ones will make the bed look wider, hence making the bedroom look smaller
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Some unprepared homeowners after staging their home will suddenly ask the following questions like:
Obviously, home stagers would want homeowners to love their staged home. But it cannot be helped if the homeowners themselves sometimes are stressed out about the huge changes made on their home, resulting in major changes to the do’s and don'ts on a staged home also.
With that in mind, here are the tips that we can provide on where you can hide some of your usual stuff you use on your home after it was staged. These are based from our experience and also from the homeowners themselves that are living on a staged home.
Once again, these tips seem to be stressing at first, much more by making it an everyday habit. But remember that staged homes do sell faster for more money. The last sentence should serve as our goal and inspiration everytime we do the tips above.
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Home staging for most of the people is still a new term. Even though you have seen it on TV on numerous occasions and heard real estate agents mentioned it, paying someone to simply make your home more “presentable” still sounds sketchy to some. If you’re going to put it in their perspective, how can you simply say that by moving furniture or decluttering increases the sale value of a home that is up on the market for sale or for rent? Plus, why bother making it beautiful if you’re going to sell it anyway?
To literally explain it, home staging is all about presenting your home in its best possible light to make it more enticing and attractive to potential buyers. Home staging involves a number of processes to make it look best, regardless of the home’s personality.
Home staging is not only about rearranging furniture, decluttering and doing repairs to make your home look beautiful again. Home stagers should be able to consider the buying demographic and the type of buyers that a home seller or real estate agent needs to target. This will definitely help staging a home for sale or for rent get the best out of home staging services. With this technique, home stagers will be able to put in the correct furniture arrangements, the right color schemes or even to add some fixtures to make it appealing to buyers.
Emotions come into home buyers most of the time because they tend to imagine themselves while evaluating a home. If that’s the case then home buyers will not think of themselves immersing on the home that is dull and lifeless. Home Staging sets the scene for the buyers to properly visualize themselves living on the staged home. The rearranged furniture and styling adds needed spaces and warmth to the place, making the buyer gather their own ideas according to their lifestyle and convenience.
If a home already on the market looks good then buyers and real estate agents will start to take notice. Photos of staged homes online is enough to get the interest of the buyers. Then you will start to receive the booking schedule to view your house. Next thing you’ll know is your house is sold, much quicker than the others.
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