A dear friend of mine recently put her home on the market. It has been a rental for the past few years and my friend and her family live out of state. So that meant that the home was being shown empty.
It’s a lovely home in a wonderful family oriented and convenient community not far from the beach in Virginia Beach and downtown Norfolk VA.
Unfortunately homes just don’t show as well when they are empty. Sometimes it’s just hard for potential buyers to see the potential of the home and how to utilize the rooms when not furnished. The home will typically not have a warm and inviting feel without furniture or interesting decor.
We didn’t have any extra furniture to put in the home but I have a ton of extra home accessories that I wasn’t using, so we used what we had to work with and added some simple home decor staging to freshen things up.
I chose a few rooms to try and showcase, the first was the kitchen because we all know, kitchens sell homes! The family room, and bathrooms were the other areas we decided to accessorize and bring in some personality.
Luckily for me, the family room has a cozy fireplace and built in shelving to perfectly display welcoming decor.
The kitchen has open shelving which provided a great location to create a coffee bar. Who doesn’t love an inviting coffee bar? My mom had an old single serve coffee maker that looked nice but wasn’t working, so it was the perfect piece for the staged coffee bar. The kitchen counters are nice upgraded solid surface with a drop in double sink and expensive faucet upgrade. Just some simple cleaning to make it shine and pretty dishes made this room complete and ready for the new owner.
I used a green and blue earthy theme throughout the home which is welcoming and happy. The color green is a comfortable color that is a good resting place for your eye as you enter a room. The right placement of fresh decor with lighten and brighten the room with little effort.
My trick with bathrooms is to use fluffy white towels, candles and simple botanicals. Simple luxe items with the white towels create a perfect spa like environment.
Don’t be afraid to use what you have and just make it better! Staging is about accentuating the beautiful features of your home and helping the buyer to see the absolute potential in each room.