If you want your home to stand out when selling, the bedrooms need to be really appealing. The main bedroom in particular should feel like a calming, welcoming oasis as this is where (generally) your potential buyers are going to sleep. Here are the ideas I used to stage our ex-rental property’s main bedroom to help achieve that relaxing look and feel:
Paint Colours For A Staged Bedroom
A fresh lick of paint is always an inexpensive way of refreshing a bedroom and giving it a new look. If you want to stage a main bedroom you should pick calming, warm, neutral colours for a more grown-up feel. For example an off-white, warm grey, or a soft beige. In a kid’s bedroom you can be more adventurous, it just needs to look fresh and clean.
Stage The Bed
Of course, in a bedroom the bed is the main focus of the room. This means that it needs to look great. Crisp freshly ironed bedlinen is essential, along with soft throw or 2 and a couple of cushions, to make it look squishy and inviting. See my post here for tips on how to style your beds like a pro. You can use dressing the bed to give a pop of colour and texture to your otherwise neutral room, which helps to give it that comfortable, luxurious feel.
Unless you have a bed with a large headboard, I always think that a piece of artwork above the bed looks great and can add a touch of warmth and colour to the room. For artwork, stick to abstract, or fairly neutral landscape type scenes that blend with the room colours – no family portraits or naked people!
Staging Other Bedroom Furniture
As far as possible when you stage a bedroom, try to remove as much unnecessary furniture as possible. If you are staging an empty house, avoid putting too much furniture in. Bedside tables either side of the bed are useful to show there is space to move around the bed. If there are no fitted wardrobes, then a small chest of drawers or a dressing table are enough to suggest to buyers there would be space for a wardrobe should you wish to have one.
Let the Light In
When you are staging a bedroom, if you have blinds, make sure that they are open and letting in as much natural light as possible. If you have curtains, make sure they are in a light neutral material, nothing dark or heavy.
Declutter and clean
Clear all your clutter, removing all unnecessary items and ensuring that any items you do keep are stowed away neatly. This includes the tops of wardrobes, where items should be stored in boxes. Items pushed under the bed should be of sight and not a trip hazard! Lots of clutter not only ruins the ‘relaxing haven’ feel of the room, but also makes it look like there isn’t enough space.
Once you have decluttered, you need to clean, clean and then clean again! This includes inside fitted wardrobes if you have them, as people may well want to have a look inside.
For other helpful staging tips and advice, why not check out my house tour of our staged ex-rental house?