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Prepping Your Master Bedroom for Sale

So many times when I am working with clients to get their home in top selling condition, they have done updates and upgrades to many areas of their homes but have not touched their master bedroom. The kid’s bedrooms are super cute and decorated but the master looks like they have just moved in.

The truth is, many people put this room on the bottom of the list as “no one sees it” or “it’s just a place to sleep.” Nothing is further from the truth when you go to sell your home. This room is probably the second  most important room in the house after the kitchen. People love nice master suites (the master bath is a part of this).

But let’s concentrate on just the bedroom portion for now. What I tell my Home Staging Consultation clients is “your master bedroom should feel like the best 5 star boutique hotel room you have ever been in.” This means soothing and tranquil.

Here are some tips to get there:

1.COLOR: Monochromatic color schemes set a calming feeling. You often see high end  hotel rooms do this very well. Pick one primary color and stick with it, with a combination of varying tones of that color or one coordinating color.

 

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2. BEDDING: Bedding is so important and you really can achieve a great look without spending a lot of money. Texture and depth are the key on the bed. You want at least 4 bed pillows or large European pillows for height in the back. Throw pillows to bring in the texture. Avoid bold busy bedding. Whites, creams and grays always work nicely but a simple consistent pattern can work if done correctly.

 

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3. BEDROOM SET: A headboard brings a statement to the room and many times creates the focal point in the room. An upholstered head board adds softness and sophistication to a room and can be purchased inexpensively. Nightstands flanking the bed are a must!

 

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4. LIGHTING: The master bedroom is an area that you can bring in a little bling or drama with a large ceiling chandelier making a statement and bedside lamps.

 

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5. READING NOOK: Everyone loves a chair in the master bedroom. If space allows….add a chair! It brings the sense of relaxation, a retreat with a space to grab that book and cup of tea or glass of wine and escape the left over hectic pace of the day. A small accent table and lamp next to the chair will complete the space.

 

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If you have neglected your master bedroom suite to focus on your kids or another living area, now is the time to get going and give your space some attention. Doing it before you get ready to sell will let you enjoy it. On the plus side, most of these tips and items are things that you can take with you to your new home!

If you need assistance with your master suite, whether selling or dwelling, reach out to a professional to guide you through the process.

Selling? Furniture Placement is Key!

One of the things I look at closely during a Home Staging Consultation is furniture placement. It is an element that is so important in just about every room.

As I meet with people, there seems to be a common belief that in order to make the room look as large as possible, push all  your furniture back to the walls. That just is not true. I would say in 90% of the rooms at least some, if not all, furniture pieces should be floating in the room away from the walls.

 

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Living room areas should be arranged into cozy conversation groupings.  A definitive traffic flow pattern should be obvious to the potential buyer walking through your home.

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Whenever possible beds should  not be jammed against a wall, no matter how small the room, but rather have space to walk around them.

 

Office desks may also be best floating in the middle of a room versus pushed against a wall.

 

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Furniture arrangement isn’t easy. It’s one of the things my students struggled with as I trained them with hands-on exercises to become a Certified Home Stager. So if you need help with an expert eye please reach out to a professional Home Stager.

 

 

People Want More Green!

Although green money may also be what people want, I am talking about the green you find in nature. A study done by Ikea internationally found that people want more access to nature and predict homes will become lighter and greener.

We have seen the trend toward light and bright for a couple years now. The deep dark heavy colors throughout a home has gone by the wayside. People are renovating their homes and building homes with more and larger windows, paint colors are very light as is flooring.

Outdoor living spaces are key and you see many roof top terraces in condominium complexes as well as hotels and restaurants.

You don’t need to do a complete remodel to bring in earthy elements. A fresh coat of paint can lighten your home and greenery can bring the outside in.

 

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I am dating myself but I remember as a kid when homes were filled with greenery everywhere. And I mean everywhere! Walls, tops of kitchen cabinets, every nook and tabletop. And it was bad plastic greenery.

I don’t think we will get back to those days but greenery is definitely in vogue and the ‘fake’ plants look so real now it is sometimes hard to tell the difference. If you are updating to sell or stay…considering bringing in some updated greens, in a subtle way.

 

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Places like Ikea, Target, and Hobby Lobby have great greenery.

 

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Don’t overdue, less is more. But putting greens into your home is a good idea. Let us know if we can help in any way!