When potential home buyers are looking at the various rooms in your home for sale, they are visualizing in their minds what their family or loved ones would look like in the different spaces, what activities they can accommodate, and how their interests would blend in the home if they decide to buy it. This is why home staging experts always advised staging the rooms as neutral as possible so they are visually attractive to a broader audience.
Rooms are very crucial because they are not only partitions or segments in the house, but also the living spaces where the members of the family sleep, go to for privacy, or maintain various personal interests. It is not always a necessity to stage gender-specific or age-specific plans for the bedrooms. After all, you are not aware of the specifics of every single client who will visit your home for viewings. What is recommended is creating aesthetically-pleasing rooms that let the buyers see themselves in the space.
What are some common mistakes that you should avoid?
- Matching designs and colors too much is a no-no. A room that is only decorated using one color or design looks bland, restrictive, and unexciting. It can also make the room look smaller, especially if the whole space is decorated in just a single dark shade like black or dark blue. Use at least two or three different shades and patterns. For a cozy ambiance, steer clear of beddings as well; mix and match for a little flair.
- Be on guard against chaotic combinations of patterns and colors. The extreme of too many unrelated patterns and designs in one area should also be avoided as you stage a room. Polka dots, plaid or checkered prints, or contrasting colors must not all be lumped together in one space or area of the room. Select a couple that stand out or go with the overall look of the room, and don’t overdo it by putting the rest too. Generally you can use one print pattern for a mix of solid colors.
- Too much accessorizing is your enemy. Decorating accents and fixtures make for a lot of visual impact when used properly. But when overdone, they are distracting and are more negative than positive in appealing to your potential clients. Besides, personal collections, trinkets, or knickknacks are generally too personal and not recommended for home staging. One or two well-positioned accessories may be okay, but don’t overwhelm your potential home buyers with way too many things to look at.
- Choose the right furniture. One common error is using the wrong-sized furniture in a room. A bed that’s way too big for a bedroom will make the space look smaller and restrict movement. Meanwhile, if it’s too small, the room looks lonely and lacking. Another usual mistake is positioning furniture near doorways or hallways, making mobility limited and becoming a distraction as well. Furniture should be functional and spruce up the overall space.