When done correctly, home staging can lower the amount of time your home is on the market. Both real estate sellers’ and buyers’ agents believe it enhances the value of the home.
Home staging offers a quicker sale because it makes it easy for potential buyers to see themselves living in the home. The master bedroom is among the top three most staged rooms in a home.
If your home is on the market, consider staging to ensure a quick and efficient selling process. Staging is equivalent to detailing your car in that it shows your home in its best light. It also indicates the home is well-taken care of, therefore increasing its value.
Here are seven tips to staging bedrooms and ensuring you get as much value as possible out of your property!
Before: The master bedroom walls are overpowered by busy patterns and a dark headboard, resulting in attention to be drawn away from the room’s versatility.
After: The neutral walls showcase the elegant and polished capability of the room. The soft color shows how well the walls can work with different styles and appeal to any interested buyers.
A goal to staging a bedroom is to make potential buyers feel like they have just stepped into a five-star hotel when they enter.
Simplicity is key and having white, beige, or any neutral color for walls will make a significant difference. This leaves the opportunity to decorate the room so the eye is drawn to the most appealing parts of a room.
Colors like white, beige, and grey on the walls are also relaxing. Apply an eggshell finish to showcase the room’s natural light.
Plus, sophisticated and neutral walls complete a room while appealing to everyone!
The focal point of the bedroom is the bed.
When preparing a bed for the staging process, make it look as comfortable as possible. Add crisp white sheets and linens so interested buyers see a clean and serene place to rest.
You can enhance the bed’s soft appearance by layering it with two comforters–just be sure it doesn’t look messy.
The headboard is also key in staging a bedroom. A soft, neutral toned headboard will allow a potential buyer to feel freedom in how they will design the bedroom. It will help go along with the soft features of the carpet and curtains.
If the bedroom is on the smaller side, be sure to avoid heavy fabrics as these could make the room feel claustrophobic.
After: The space is much more inviting and easy to imagine living there with personal clutter cleared out. The room is decorated for a general audience and cleanliness implies the home is well cared for.
The most important task in staging any room in the home is to clear away any clutter you may have.
You will have to put personal items away, such as picture frames and anything else on your bedside table or dresser. Try to leave one or two decorative pieces on side tables and dressers for taste.
A good rule to follow when getting rid of clutter while preparing to move is to get rid of an old item whenever a new item is bought.
Personal items are not the only clutter culprit–furniture can make a room feel cluttered as well.
Don’t be afraid to float furniture away from the walls and really show how the bedroom space can be utilized. You can easily establish a separate sitting area in the bedroom with an armchair, bringing another dimension and purpose to the room.
Natural window light makes a room warm and welcoming. When choosing a window treatment for staging, a simple and classic look is best.
Thin curtain rods work well to achieve a clean look and thin, sheer curtains enhance natural light in the room.
Keep window decor light, and incorporate subtle textures into drapes if necessary. A window with a clean edge and line appearance will also make a room feel more spacious. Neutral color schemes mixed with soft tones generates a seamless look between windows, walls, and furniture while upholding design integrity.
Also, don’t forget to make sure the windows are spotless–interested buyers will love the room even more!
Bedroom floors are no exception to the power of neutral tones when staging a bedroom since the goal is to provide a space interested buyers can easily imagine themselves in. Plus, neutral colored floors of any kind will open the room up to extensive decorating styles and colors.
Beige carpets are compelling because they are tasteful and easier to keep clean than a white carpet. However if the carpet is stained, be sure to have it cleaned before having an open house or posting pictures of the property online.
If the bedroom has hardwood floors, its important to add a rug that is not overwhelming in color or pattern. Adding a rug is necessary because it adds a cozy element and reinforces the bedroom’s purpose: comfort and relaxation.
Lighting is crucial in staging. Its important to show off the best qualities your home has to offer.
Tips to enhance the lighting in your home for staging include increasing the wattage of light bulbs. There are three types of lighting in each room: ambient, task, and accent. Ambient lights are installed overhead, task lights are used for specific activities such as reading, and accent lights are found on walls or tables.
As a place for relaxing, bedrooms allow home staging plans to utilize all three types of lighting. Ambient lights will most likely be installed overhead in the ceiling already, and if the bed has a side table then this is the perfect opportunity to make the most of the space. Accent lights work well on the wall above the headboard as a subtle nod to the room’s luxury.
With the majority of the focus on the bedroom itself, don’t forget one of the most important features: the closet.
It’s important to assume every space will be viewed and that all spaces are presentable. Personal items in the closet can be organized with storage containers. Organize the space enough so that you would be comfortable showing it to a guest.
Decluttering the closet will also make the closet seem large and easy to use for various types of storage. Also, it’s a great chance to removing clothing you haven’t worn in years.
Kendra is a content writer with a BA in literature from Wilkes University. When she’s not reading up on the latest home decorating trends, Kendra is busy designing her future home, library included.