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Staging Trends That May Turn Off Buyers

Updated: Sep 3, 2020

Home staging emphasizes the space, functionality and features of a property, making it feel larger, brighter and more appealing. Staging a home will show it off in its best possible light. Adding some modern decor and positioning your furniture in the right way can make a space feel warm and inviting. However, some home popular design trends should be avoided when getting a home ready to sell.

Accent Walls

Although pops of color are becoming increasingly popular, it's best to avoid accent walls and bold color choices. A neutral palette is the one design element all stagers will agree on. If you want to add color, do it through artwork, throw pillows or decor. This way, a potential buyer won't be scared off thinking they have a painting project to take on.

Too Many Mixed Metals

According to Pinterest, mixed metals are here to stay. It adds some dimension to your home design. However, don't go overboard - not all metals look good together! Don't use more than 2-3 metal options, and keep specific fixtures the same. Matte black goes well with almost everything! Choose one dominant finish and then add in some complimentary styles.

Unintended Use Rooms

Do you have a spare bedroom that you've turned into a hobby room? Buyers want to see a four-bedroom home look like a four-bedroom home. They want to see the bed size and furniture properly spaced inside the room. Similarly, you shouldn't have a home gym set up in your family room, or your back porch as a garage storage unit. Each space in your home should be set-up in a way that reflects its intended use.

Cheap or Personalized Decor

Don't just pick up a bunch of cheap plastic decor - buyers will notice. Have a nice vase with fresh flowers, clean everything so it's sparkling and replace light bulbs so it brightens up all areas. Get some artwork that you'll take with you to your new place, or you can return or sell after use. If you have accents that are unique to showcase the home's personality, you can keep them, however, don't get too personal with the decor. Family photos or awards should all be removed. If you have a gallery wall, turn the photos around. You want buyers to envision themselves living in the space, not feel like they're walking around someone else's home.

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