There are a lot of factors that come into play for successful home staging – primarily decluttering and depersonalizing – but once you’ve got a clean slate to work with, adding in the final touches will help make your home more appealing to buyers.
Here are some key home staging items we recommend to make a listing more desirable to buyers.
Home Staging Items
Depersonalizing and neutralizing your décor are key to staging a home. If your furniture has a bold color or pattern, slipcovers could be the answer. They are an affordable alternative to switching out the furniture entirely that will neutralize it while it’s on the market. They’re great for dining room chairs, armchairs or even a sofa. Once you sell the home, you can remove the slipcovers and still have your beautiful furniture.
Apothecary jars, trays, and baskets
These items are great for adding a warm, stylish look to your home. Apothecary jars can be used in a variety of spaces, particularly the kitchen and bathrooms, to add some simple décor. You can fill them with things like rice or beans in the kitchen and soap or loofahs in the bathroom. Trays are great for gathering smaller items on a large surface for a less cluttered look and baskets work well as stylish storage options, such as in a kids’ playroom.
Liven up a neutral sofa, armchair or bed with colorful accent pillows to bring some life and personality to the furniture. The soft fabrics also make the space feel cozier and more inviting to buyers.
Lighting is a key element in making a space feel more welcoming. Dark spaces feel smaller and less appealing, so be sure to fill any dark corners with artificial lighting. Go for simple lines in the style of the fixtures to appeal to all tastes and styles.
Other decorative items such as candles, ceramics, books, and small sculptures will add charm to the home. You can use them to create small vignettes to draw buyers’ attention to appealing architectural elements such as alcoves and built-ins.
Plants and flowers
There is something about greenery, fake or real, that brings so much life to a home. Flower bouquets are beautiful for vignettes, shelves, and surfaces, as are small potted greenery, while large plants can bring personality to an empty corner.
Artwork and mirrors
The right artwork can make a home feel finished. Evaluate your artwork to make sure it is neutral and appropriate for all audiences, then adjust accordingly. Mirrors are also great for reflecting light and making a space feel brighter and larger.
Have an open floor plan? Area rugs are wonderful for defining each space to make them feel cozier and to create a better flow between them.