Dressed to Sell
That means bolder color pops—yes, even this year’s Pantone color of the year, the purplish-pink radiant orchid; trendy mismatched furnishings; and striking fabric designs. Some stagers are even commissioning specific artwork to suit a home, mixing in repurposed furnishings and nature-inspired accents as a nod toward the green movement.As stagers reject stripped-down, beige-heavy stylings that are as boring as they are forgettable, they’re replacing them with designs that complement a home’s architecture and price point and present a lifestyle that buyers will want to buy into.
1. Outdoor retreats“It’s important to keep up-to-date on the new colors, materials, lighting, furniture, and accessories so that we can create spaces that buyers can imagine moving into,” says Sandra Holmes, president of Home Staging Concepts in Weston, Fla., and president-elect of the International Association of Home Staging Professionals. Still, when prepping a home for sale, you have to distinguish between decorating and staging, notes real estate pro Barb Schwarz, founder of StagedHomes.com. Schwarz, founder of the IAHSP, says decorating is about adhering to a home owner’s tastes; staging is focused on appealing to the widest buyer pool. Here are eight trends stagers are embracing to give homes a modern edge.
2. Lifestyle appeal
3. All that shimmers
4. Painted cabinets
5. Pops of color
|How about adding some bling in the form of metallic finishes? This season, look for gray’s flashier cousin, silver.||Brighten a kitchen or bath in a budget- friendly way: Paint the cabinets. Swap knobs for trendier chrome pull bars.||Purples and blues are hot this season in home accents ranging from vases and lamps to pillows, bedding, and rugs.|
6. Mood lighting
7. Going green
|“A rustic or glass ceramic lamp can add texture and warmth to a space,” Slinkey says. Modern chandeliers add glamour.||Eco-friendly staging is taking off. Repurpose an old storage trunk as a coffee table or display a vase with twigs from the yard.||Nonmatching chairs around the dining room table can break up the monotony and bring visual interest to a space.|