3 Tips for Choosing the Right Furniture When Home Staging
Choosing the right furniture when staging your home is crucial. Not only does furniture set the tone of the entire property, but it also gives you the opportunity to make the property stand out – which is especially important if you’re selling in a crowded market.
There is a lot of science and creativity that make up the art of choosing the right furniture for specific homes, but to get you started I’ve put together a few tips based on my experience.
1. Match the Tone of the Furniture to the Location
One of the first things buyers look for when purchasing property is the location. Some people want to live a beachy sea-breezy life, some want a high-class city lifestyle and others want suburbia homes with local schools and parks.
A recent example of just how important matching the interior of a property to its location is this home here. It looks beautiful right? Well before I staged it, it was on the market for 3 years and the owners had no luck selling it. When I visited the property, I could immediately see why. It was a Bayview home with 180-degree spectacular views but was filled with expensive custom-make dark wooden furniture.
Despite the furniture looking lovely on its own, I knew that buyers in that location want an ambiance that is inviting, social and relaxed. Therefore, I stepped in and drew inspiration from Mother Nature – incorporating whites, creams, light blues and raw timber elements. I used a color scheme which had the same tonal values of the sea which created a very calming look and feel. The result? With the new furniture and home staging the house sold within 5 weeks.
Our homes are filled with things that we love. We’ve all got photo frames with beloved family pictures, walls marked with the heights of kids that have grown up and moved out of home and degrees and awards strewn along the walls.
Often this personalization spreads onto the furniture that we have. For example, you might have you grandmothers warn out dressing table or your daughters old princess bed. Despite the sentimental value of these items, it’s important to understand that personalization in home for sale can distract buyers. Therefore, I recommend removing heavily personalized furniture, bedding and accessories and instead encourage you to purchase décor that is theme specific and caters to the interests of the seller.
3. Less is More
If your home is stuffed with furniture, consider taking out items that aren’t essential. You can then use a small selection of hand-picked furniture in each room to create a unique aesthetic that is designed to match the theme of your home. Removing excessive furniture also helps visually open a room up and create an illusion of more space.