The correct staging of your home can go a long way toward achieving a successful sale at the highest price. Even minor alterations can have a major impact. De-clutter to make a big difference in the concept of your visual space. And painting exterior and interior can really “freshen-up” the home.
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Photos: Before and After Painting Interior Walls
Check out these before and after photos where even repainting with light colors “enlarged” the space.
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Staging Trends to Make Your Home Sell Quicker
All That Shimmers: Add some bling to your space. Silver, the flashier cousin to gray, is adding shine to interiors this season, according to the Paint Quality Institute’s 2014 color forecast. Gold and titanium also are joining the mix. Metallics can make rooms more luxurious, from silver and gold trays, lamps, and metallic-framed art to oval-shaped mirrors and metallic detailing on throws and pillow fabrics. Warm gold and brass are making a comeback, mostly in small doses, such as a vintage gold-framed mirror, says Slinkey. Metallics offer shine that can lighten dark spaces, particularly when paired with glass, which has long been a stager’s favorite accent. Stagers are adding more glass with tables, hurricanes, and lamps to accentuate the metallic shine.
Painted Cabinets: One budget-friendly way to modernize a kitchen or bath is to paint the cabinets. A smooth, white finish can instantly modernize dark or oak wood cabinets as well as brighten up a space, says stager Patti Stern (PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating). The cabinet hardware also can make a difference, such as swapping out existing knobs for trendier chrome pull bars. Stern always uses a professional painter for updating cabinets. The cost is about $2,000 to $5,000, depending on the size of the kitchen and labor involved, she says. Still, the lighter color can offer a dramatic transformation to a kitchen at a fraction of the cost of just a minor kitchen remodel, which could average around $18,900, according to Remodeling Magazine’s 2014 Cost vs. Value Report.
Mood Lighting: Lamps are a hot home accessory warming up interior spaces this season, adding artistic and mood-boosting touches. Lamps “create ambiance and the feeling of space, and also can be used to add pops of color. A rustic lamp or glass ceramic lamp can add texture and warmth to a space,” Slinkey says. Plain wrought iron lamps with ivory shades for table tops or floors can offer a modern edge to a room. So can table lamps with more flair, such as metallic or glass lamps that have colorful, patterned lampshades. Lighting is always part of Stern’s checklist when staging a home because it can make a big difference to a space.
Going Green: “Green” is a buzzword in real estate, and stagers are finding ways to reflect it in home designs. They’re repurposing or recycling used items for home accents and bringing in more elements from nature, such as putting twigs in a vase. Repurposing antique furniture into hidden storage solutions is one of the biggest home organization trends, such as using an old trunk as a coffee table, according to the 2014 Zillow Digs Home Design Trend Report. Schwarz’s favorite green staging accents are: twigs in a vase filled with clear or white marbles; wooden pallets used to create an accent tray or coffee table; and an old bucket with a flower bouquet to decorate the front porch.
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Source: Staging Trends to Make Your Home Pop by Melissa Dittmann Tracey