Staging For Love At First Sight

Posted by Deborah Powell on Saturday, February 15th, 2014 at 10:22am.    1281 Views

Create a Peaceful Retreat That You and Prospective Buyers Will Love.

With Valentine's Day just passing you may be having thoughts of romance and serenity.  This might be prompting you to think about creating a relaxing, romantic setting in the bedroom.  Or perhaps you are going to be selling your house and you want prospective buyers to fall in love with the master bedroom . Or if you live here in Northeast Ohio where it's been colder than usual with blankets of snow everywhere; you might be thinking about a few little home decorating projects.

Show the Bedroom as a Sanctuary

ohio homes for sale, staging and lighting make a differenceThe bedroom is the one room in the house that should serve as a place to get away from the daily chaos. Most homeowners want their bedroom to be a peaceful retreat where they can rest, relax and rejuvenate. The first step in accomplishing this is to get rid of junk. Clear off surfaces and get "stuff" off the floor.  You really don't want to see anything that reminds you of chores.

Bedroom sizes vary and are typically smaller the older the home is. You many find the average size of a master bedroom in a North Madison ranch to be about 12x10. You may also find the same to be true in a rural farmhouse in Hartsgrove or an older colonial in Geneva. Newer homes offer larger master bedrooms and typically, homes on the shores of Lake Erie boast large master bedrooms that allow for a sitting area and a lake breeze. But the size shouldn't prevent you from creating the feel you desire. It's really the elements that you incorporate that is going to give you the desired effect.

Coordinating and Contrasting with Color

ohio homes for sale well stagedWhether you are setting the mood for romance or trying to capture  the heart of a potential buyer, color plays a major role. Consider a muted palette of neutral shades to create a look that leaves room for pops of color. This will allow you to change the mood of the room or decorate for the season.

Bed linens, pillows, lamps and accessories are great ways to incorporate color and make the room pop with personality and color.

Pantone Color Institute studies future color trends and how color influences how we think, feel and react. They have named Radiant Orchid as the 2014 color of the year.  This is a great color to incorporate against a white, gray or beige background.

Thoughtful Lighting Fresh Scents (Don't Overpower)

ohio realty and property home stagingLighting is also important when trying to create a peaceful retreat. Light bulbs less than 60 watts or candles work best. Candles can add scent. Choose a scent that is fresh and clean. Try to stay away from strong, floral scents. Playing soft background music will also add to the ambiance. Various research and studies show that music provides a mental distraction, reduces muscle tension and decreases stress hormones.

Debbie Powell, Sales Associate



3 Responses to "Staging For Love At First Sight"

Greg Hancock wrote: Deborah,

Couldn't agree with you more. Here in my own home I use color and touches to try and make a cheerful and peaceful place to live and work (especially because I work so much at home from my computer.) But it's true, if buyers can imagine a cheerful and relaxing version of the prospective home (with their stuff in it) it's more appealing, even if just for helping them imagine better. I think the key is to remove stuff that's personally related to the seller, and some well placed decorative items with touches of color without being cluttered helps a lot. Blank walls and empty rooms are just as bad as rooms filled with knick-knacks, boxes or junk. I agree too about the scent.... light spice, something fresh and airy, clean smelling.....

Posted on Sunday, February 16th, 2014 at 9:04am.

Tim Parker wrote: Deborah,
I know that I have a decorating deficiency. I find it important to urge my sellers to hire a professional home stager. I also use a professional photographer and a professional landscaper. I would love to be able to help my clients put their best foot forward like you can, but I just don't have that skill.
You keep up the great work and post some more hints so that maybe, just maybe, this old man can learn some new tricks.

Posted on Monday, February 17th, 2014 at 3:17pm.

Deborah Powell wrote: What's great is you really don't have to be an interior decorator to create a comfortable room. I like to provide my customers with ideas that are easy, cost effective and can be accomplished in a few hours or in a weekend!

Posted on Tuesday, March 4th, 2014 at 1:18pm.

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