You know how much I love to decorate, right?! I mean, I’m always sharing little decorating ideas with you all… I do have a bit of training in decorating plus two decades of experience in event decor and design so this is obviously something that I am pretty passionate about. Well, my parents are considering selling their home and asked me if I would help them with some “home staging” – I of course said “Yes, yes, yes!” and dove right in. (I’ll be sharing those pics with you soon, don’t worry!) but while doing that project, I re-discovered how much I love home staging. So, I reached out to a friend of mine who is a realtor about doing some home staging for her. She’s familiar with my style and kindly gave me a chance on a new listing of hers. Today, I’m going to share the bedroom before and after.
Statistics show that empty houses are harder to sell because it can be challenging for many people to imagine how spaces can be set up. I am one of those gals who gets really excited by empty spaces because I see all of the potential! And this was no exception. This is an older home with decent but not overly large rooms. I’m a firm believer that you can still have great style even in small spaces. They key is to not overly fill the room with clutter. So, I kept my design simple. I didn’t want the rooms to feel too full – plus I was moving all of the furniture by myself so I had to be able to move everything alone. 🙂
First task in this room was to install a bed – after all, what’s a bedroom without a bed?! Air mattress to the rescue! I installed a queen sized air bed (this one has a built in headboard which I have a love/hate relationship with). Next, to give it the height that it needed to be in proportion to the nightstands (and so it didn’t just look like an air mattress sitting on the floor) I placed six plastic storage tubs underneath it (three on each side). Since this bed was only for looks and no one was actually sleeping on it this idea worked. These were handy during the move in process too because I was able to use them to hold many of the small accessories – and they’ll be helpful when I go in to move it all out too.
The inflatable headboard was really not the look I was going for. A pair of Euro shams and a large piece of artwork (hung from Command strips so that I’m not putting holes in the walls) did a good job of masking the fact that there isn’t an actual headboard.
To complete the bed scene, I painted two inexpensive side tables with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Paris Grey to help them look more like a pair without being too matchy-matchy. I like how the grey keeps the room feeling light and bright. Matching mercury glass lamps and a couple of accessories round out each nightstand and make the space feel warm and inviting.
To give the feeling of furniture in the space – but without me having to physically move in a heavy chest of drawers – I placed a standing mirror with a heavy wooden frame and a bamboo tray table. The tall mirror also helps the space “feel larger” which is always a bonus!
Crisp white bed linens, paired with my favorite aqua blue accents, are a perfect compliment to the existing wall paint color in the space. Plus, even if a potential buyer doesn’t love the blue, by having the majority of the bed in white, they are having to use much less imagination to imagine making this room their own.
The bedroom has a small bathroom off of it which I will show you soon – pinky promise!
The drapes were left by the homeowner and I decided to use them because I liked the bit of drama that the dark color brought to the space.
So, do you want the best news of all? The home sold within 24 hours of being listed! It had over 6 offers and sold for more than list price!! I was so proud and excited to play a role in helping this family sell their home all while getting to do something that I truly love to do!!
Here are some tips I have for you when staging a bedroom to sell!
- Don’t overfill the space – consider taking some furniture out of the room if necessary so that it feels roomy. You may even want to temporarily store your king sized bed and replace it with an Queen sized air mattress! (Note, if you are going to be actually sleeping on an air mattress do not use the plastic tubs as a base, those are for staging purposes only!)
- Bedrooms are havens that we all want to retreat to at the end of a busy day, use soothing serene colors so potential buyers feel like they are entering a “retreat,” almost spa like room. It will make an impression!
- Keep your decor, especially bed linens, neutral. You want as few negative distractions as possible and dated fabrics are a quick “turn-off” to everyone.
- Consider hiring a professional decorator or stager if you are selling your home. While a good stager will cost a little bit of money, you could end up making thousands more in your final sale price, just like these home owners did!
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See anything you like? Here’s a list of RESOURCES I used to pull together this look:
Canvas painted artwork, Brown wood tone standing floor mirror, Dark grey drapes, Mercury Glass lamps, white porcelain trophy, white faux coral – Target
“Love, Love, Love” framed print – Home Goods
Side Tables – Phillips Discount Furniture, Charlottesville, VA
Small blue & white ginger jar – ebay
Green bird statues – Old Lucketts Store
Blue & White Accent Rug, Bamboo Side table – Ross Dress for Less
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