Dressed to Sell!

Good staging is no longer ripping out every bit of personality of a home before showing it to buyers. It's more important to complement a home's architecture and price point to present the a lifestyle the buyers will want to buy. Barb Schwarz, founder of Staged Homes.com cautions that while decorating is about adhering to a home owner's tastes; staging is focused on appealing to the widest buyer pool. Here are eight trends that will give homes a modern edge.

  1. Outdoor Retreats:  Stagers are devoting more attention to the great outdoors. Among the most desired features are seating and dining areas, fire pits, grills, and decorative water elements. For example, create a dining area with a table, chairs, and colorful place settings; set up a cozy seating area with padded wicker chairs about a fire pit; and use stepping stones to lead to a peaceful retreat, such as a bench overlooking plantings and a fountain.
  2. Lifestyle Appeal:  Stagers are creating lifestyle vignettes. Stage a game room complete with games on a table, bright artwork, and comfortable furniture. Add a wine rack or wine room for an area of the country where wine is produced. In a commuter town, carve out an inviting home office. Research the buyers demographic and consider the area interests that will complement the home.
  3. All that Shimmers:  How about adding some bling in the form of metallic finishes? This season, look for gray's flashier cousin, silver.
  4. Painted Cabinets:  Brighten a kitchen or bath in a budget-friendly way:  Paint the cabinets. Swab knobs for trendier chrome pull bars.
  5. Pops of Color:  Purples and blues are hot this season in home accents ranging from vases and lamps to pillows, bedding, and rugs.
  6. Mood Lighting:  A rustic or glass ceramic lamp can add texture and warmth to a space. Modern chandeliers add glamour.
  7. Going Green:  Eco-friendly staging is taking off. Re-purpose an old storage trunk as a coffee table or display a vase with twigs from the yard.
  8. Mismatches:  Non-matching chairs around the dining room table can break up the monotony and bring visual interest to a space.

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