Which room should get the most attention when staging a luxury home? If it’s based on research, then property owners must focus on the living room.
The National Association of Realtors (NAR) surveyed agents to gather information on the most important rooms for staging properties. The poll highlighted responses from the perspective of buyers and sellers.
If you plan to buy a luxury home, find a broker with extensive experience in staging living rooms. From a buyer’s viewpoint, most of the respondents ranked the living room as the most important when staging a house.
Liven Up The Living Room
Almost half of the surveyed buyers’ agents revealed that clients wanted a staged living room before deciding on a purchase.
- Deep-cleaning for a spotless room
- Moving furniture away from pathways and windows
- Putting away personal items (e.g. heirloom pieces)
- Removing small furniture that occupies precious space
Light window treatments and minimizing obstructions from windows allow as much as natural light to enter the living room.
By following a minimalist approach, prospective buyers can imagine how they can spend time in the living room. A less-is-more strategy also ensures that you don’t overspend on staging a luxury house.
Keep It Neutral In The Bedroom
The primary bedroom or master suite ranks second among the most important rooms for staging luxury homes.
Brenna Harrington, a Hawai’i Life realtor, suggests neutral shades such as beige and gray for bedroom walls. You can even use greige if you can’t decide between the two colors.
Combine greige with white and you’ll have a wall color that “really pops,” according to Harrington.
OKAY.COM recommends brown and green as alternative neutral colors. While greige is popular, you don’t have to limit your choices by only choosing between beige, black, gray or white.
Property owners, however, should know the colors that work best for every room. For example, certain hues such as bright red may be a risky choice for bedrooms.
In The Kitchen, Modern Is A Must
NAR’s survey cited staged kitchens as the third-most important room for buyers. As the heart of every home, a well-staged kitchen must impress buyers within minutes.
While staging to impress is important, a consistent visualization of space in kitchens remains crucial. A modern kitchen, for example, must have up-to-date appliances.
Harrington described updated kitchen appliances as “the jewelry of your home.” Next, ambient lighting sets the right mood. Fixtures must be free from dirt and rust.
Small details such as choosing the right faucet can spell a big difference when staging the kitchen as well, according to Barry Cohen. The Toronto-based luxury property broker said that people spend more time in the kitchen than in the living room.
For this reason, you shouldn’t neglect minor details to achieve a functionally yet stylishly staged kitchen.
Don’t Forget The Dining Room
Make it easy for buyers to imagine a smooth transition from cooking food in the kitchen to enjoying it at the dinner table. OKAY.COM advises luxury property owners to choose the right furniture size.
The dining room may appear smaller if you choose bulky furniture pieces, according to the Hong Kong-based luxury property broker.
If the furniture is too small, the dining room may not seem cozy and warm. Learn how to maximize space by consulting your broker.
For example, OKAY.COM said that you can avoid “a stagnant look” by not “lining furniture along the perimeter of a room.”
You can stage the dining room with the biggest furniture placed against the wall. Smaller furniture such as chairs and the table should be placed in front of the biggest furniture to create a balanced look.
Outdoor Areas Are The New Indoors
Make sure that your home-staging efforts inside the house become worthwhile by fixing problems in the outdoor areas. Outdoor spaces are one of the top features requested by homebuyers in today’s luxury market.
If there are trees within the vicinity, a landscaper should check if branches block natural light from entering the house.
A buyer may also ask about your garden or landscaping, so you should research which types of plants thrive in your backyard.
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