Unlike decorating, staging your home isn’t about personal style — it’s about creating ambiance and appeal for buyers
By Kristie Barnett
Selling your home means selling a lifestyle, but not necessarily your own. In home staging, you’re striving for a look that is fresh and welcoming yet not really taste specific. People with varying tastes need to feel that they can make the home their own if they purchase it.
This is the distinction between decorating your home and staging it to sell. It can be hard to understand at first, but if you don’t know the difference, you might not sell your house as quickly as you like.
Although everyone has different tastes in decor and furnishings, most people want a home that is welcoming, functional, peaceful and organized. Tailor your house so that buyers will describe it in those terms rather than by your style of decorating. Getting rid of clutter and having fewer but larger accessories is a great place to start.
Making sure your home isn’t taste specific doesn’t mean your rooms should be devoid of color. Instead, keep color schemes simple and dose them with an on-trend neutral, like a clean tan, a soft gray or a warm white.
If you have a distinctive decorating style — whether it’s Tuscan, shabby chic or modern — you’re going to need to scale it back a bit. If you don’t, your home will appeal to the small percentage of potential
buyers who love your chosen style. Staging is about strategic editing and depersonalizing, rather than decorating and personalizing.
Dated is dreary. Strive to stage your space with a current and fresh feel. Use updated neutrals on the walls and furnishings that are clean-lined and simple. Punches of color are great; just use them sparingly. A room arranged symmetrically and centered on the architecture reads as peaceful — one of those important aesthetics every buyer is drawn to.
This guest bedroom is full of great staging ideas. It has lots of on-trend design details, but it’s sparse on accessories and other distractions. The color palette is simple, easy on the eyes and would be attractive to both men and women. Most potential buyers would remember this appealing room long after leaving the house.
This clever arrangement draws attention to the unique architecture in the space and illustrates a smart use for the area under the stairs: an office nook. This area is nicely decorated, not staged.
If I were staging this area, I would keep the desk, chair and lamp, remove overly personal items such as family photos, and leave a few pieces of art and an attractive notebook and pen. Simple accessories can help draw attention to a functional space.
If you are updating a kitchen or bath before putting your home on the market, keep the finishes neutral and classic. This is not the time to show off your personal style. You want to broaden your buying audience by appealing to a wide variety of tastes and preferences. This bathroom would definitely appeal to buyers with either traditional or contemporary taste, and could later be personalized with the new homeowner’s preferences for color and accessories.
The bottom line is that you have to get outside your head and inside the mind of a potential home buyer. It’s very difficult to be objective about your own home, but it’s crucial if you want to sell it.
Tell us:Do you believe there’s a difference between staging and decorating? Let us know in the Comments!
Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial kickoff of summer. It’s also a time when family and friends get together for those great backyard BBQs. When celebrating Memorial Day weekend 2012 don’t forget the meaning of the holiday.
What is Memorial Day?
Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966. However, may towns all over the country, dating back to 1866, arranged large gatherings of people to honor those who have passed defending our nation.
Memorial Day quotes
“For love of country they accepted death.“ — James A. Garfield
“The greatest glory of a free-born people is to transmit the freedom to their children.“ — William Havard
“The patriot’s blood is the seed of Freedom’s tree.“ — Thomas Campbell
“We come, not to mourn our dead soldiers but to praise them.“ — Francis A. Walker
“Although no sculptured marble should rise to their memory, nor engraved stone bear record of their deeds, yet will their remembrance be as lasting as the land they honored.“— Daniel Webster
BikeNYC.org is your one-stop site for all things that is related to bicycling in New York City.
It offers biking deals, an events calendar, tips for riders, and a map that shows all the nearby bike shops and bike stations. BikeNYC.org is the go-to source to connect with the vibrant world of bicycling in New York City.
Take advantage of Bike Month, try an event or a route in Queens, NY, if you never rode a bike before, or haven’t in awhile, check out the local stores on this website to see what deals they are having. Summer is around the corner, so now is the best time to start. Good luck and start pedaling!
Spring is here! If you’re ready to make the move from walking to running why not take advantage by going to the best parks in Queens, NY. Still not motivated? Why not download the app called Couch to 5K. This app is your own little personal trainer, you can take a stroll around Bowne, Crocheron, Fort Totten, or Kissena Park, listen to your music, and the app will interrupt and remind you to move faster, and keep you moving throughout the workout.
Couch to 5K program allows anyone to get started as a runner
App is simple to navigate, set up, and use
Customizable settings (e.g., turn audio alerts on or off)
Allows users to play their own music (up to 100 songs)
Record and share workouts if desired; compatible with Nike+
This 9-week program helps running beginners. Each workout is 30 to 40 minutes long (which includes a warm up and cool down). It tracks your workout history, and you can listen to your music while you run. You’ll be running a 5K in little as 9 weeks. And when you do, please run past our office (27-04 Francis Lewis Blvd.) and let us know you did it!