Mon 16 Oct 2017
We can blame the countless programmes on TV giving home-staging advice during the last decade for taking the personality and style out of our homes.
Whilst sticking to neutral colours is a good idea when trying to sell your property, we think it's time to ditch the bland and style your home to give it more pizazz!
Follow our dos and don'ts of home-staging:Don't just paint walls in magnolia - choose a sophisticated colour palette with different but complementary shades for every room.
Do go grey. We love grey as a base colour for walls, floors or fabrics, it is still a neutral shade but adds a bit of style and class to a room. Check out our related article: Move over magnolia make way for gracious grey.
Don't have carpets in your bathroom - most buyers will not be impressed!
Do replace worn out carpets and flooring - Karndean flooring is excellent for areas with lots of footfall, especially in hallways and kitchens, and it also looks great! Tiles in bathrooms are a given, not only are they hard wearing but also easy to keep clean; if your decor in the bathroom is plain why not try a fun and interesting design for the flooring such as this trendy pattern:
Don't however choose patterned carpets, this is one area where 'bland' is best!
Do add some finishing touches, shop for modern accessories like lamps, vases and ornaments from well-known brands like The White Company or John Lewis to ensure quality and good taste.
Don't forget to pack away your collection of teapots, fluffy toys or scarily realistic dolls which are on display, remember although you may love them they aren't to everyone's taste and can be quite off putting. On the plus side, once they are packed away, it's one thing ticked off your to-do list when it comes to your forthcoming move.
Do feel free to splash a bit of colour whilst sticking to an overall colour palette for the whole house, using different shade and accents in each room.
Don't however be tempted to go for strong colours and prints, they can be overwhelming, so it's best to keep them to small items like cushions, rugs or throws.
Do dress to impress, set the dining and kitchen tables using dining sets, good glasses and flowers.
Don't forget the bathroom when you stage, fill it with special toiletries (try Molton Brown) and hide away the bottles of Pantene shampoo, Colgate and half-used bars of soap!
Do speak to us. If you are thinking about putting your house up for sale, we'll be more than happy to give you advice on how to prepare your property for the market to make it as appealing as possible to all potential buyers.
Give us a call at your nearest John German Estate Agents branch.
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