What is a ‘themed’ house and is it okay?
A themed house is one that fits a very specific decorating motif. Such as a beach theme, or a desert theme. Is it okay to have one? Absolutely! Unless you are selling your home. Then I am sorry to be the bearer of bad news but if you are selling, the theme has got to go.
A themed house, or even a themed room can turn off any buyer that does not like that theme. They may not like the feel of the house, or they can’t see past the theme to see the architectural detail of the house, or they may get distracted.
Now there are exceptions, if you have a beach theme and you live on the Gulf of Mexico perfect!
Or a Southwest desert theme when you live in Phoenix….also acceptable. If you live in Minnesota or any such similar area then it is not acceptable for selling.
Another exception is a child’s room. Everyone expects a child to have a theme of Dinosaurs or something and it’s perfectly acceptable.
Neutralizing a themed home or room is an easy fix if the theme was created using artwork and nick-knacks. Just take them down and replace with decorative pieces that are more neutral.
If you have made some large remodeling choices based on a theme it may be tougher to do.
Wallpaper, although a pain to remove, is still a doable task and you need to remove it. Paint is also a simple fix.
If you have made more permanent fixture choices based on a theme such as cabinets, tile or floor coverings, I am not telling you that you need to rip everything out and start over but just know you have narrowed your potential buyers.
So my word of caution in advance is to not do large ticket items in your home in a theme! Rather get that themed look that you want with decor that is easily replaced and you can take your theme with you to your new house!
If you have any questions never hesitate to reach out to a professional Home Stager to answer all you questions.