Spring staging basics you can’t afford to overlook
BY Keith Loria
Monday, April 30, 2012
No matter the season, staging your home before listing it on the market is an important part of the process that shouldn’t be overlooked. While the basics of staging — keeping things clean, clutter free and colorful — typically remain the same throughout the year, with the arrival of spring, there are a number of things you can do both inside and outside the home to take advantage of the beautiful weather.
“In the spring, it’s a great idea to incorporate color around the entryway,” said Barb Schwartz, creator of The Staged Homes Concept and home staging industry. “An easy way to do this is to place a large pot on each side of the door, fill it with greenery and then add color by integrating daisies or tulips.”
It’s crucial to bring spring colors into the home as well. This can be easily achieved with accessories such as throw pillows, area rugs, artwork, towels and bedspreads.
“You can change accessories and the whole house changes. For example, changing pillow cases on decorative pillows that are on a sofa can give a whole new color look to the room,” Schwartz said. “This year, nature colors are really in; green is really big and hot orange is an accent that is strong.”
Designers also recommend bringing spring indoors by incorporating the colors of pears, eggs, sea shells and nature in general into your interior decorating scheme. In addition, consider utilizing fabrics with leaf patterns, wicker, real leather and rust metal as contrast.
Schwartz said it’s also a good idea to replace the drapery panels in a home or office to achieve a fresh look for the spring. In fact, she recently overhauled a den by swapping out a blue daisy pattern and integrating plain cream panels that went from floor to ceiling. “The whole room looked bigger and more elegant,” she said.
Of course, you want the buyer to buy the whole house, not just one or two staged rooms, so it’s important to create a somewhat cohesive design.
“It’s important to keep in mind that two things sell a house: one is price and the other is staging,” Schwartz said.
While the spring season typically brings out more prospective buyers, make sure to take advantage of all the season has to offer.
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Give your home interior a fresh look with springs lighter colors, utilizing the colors of pears, eggs and sea shells. Look to nature when choosing your interior decorating scheme.