Staging a Home: 5 Designer Secrets for a Fast, Profitable Sale
Selling your home? Fresh paint and flowers aren't enough to move it—not in this market. Here's how to transform your open house into opening night.
1. Define the space.
Susan Phillips, a theatrical-set designer (spotlightondecor.com), says the secret to a fast, profitable sale is “staging a home,” and she uses traditional set-design elements to hook home-buying audiences. Her first improvement? Define the space. Confusion on a set confuses the audience, so make the purpose of each room clear. Get rid of toys in the den. Roll the exercise bike out of the kitchen.
3. Highlight the focal points with clever use of color.
Reds and yellows are “advancing” colors; blues and greens are “receding” ones. Remember that, and you’ll be able to control your audience’s gaze. Elegant granite countertop? Place a bowl of red peppers on top. Beautiful fireplace? Hang a yellow painting above it. Dreary corner? Put a green plant there.
4. Light your rooms to flatter the people in them.
Soft, southern light makes complexions look warmer and healthier. Harsh, northern light makes people look sick. So replace stark daylight bulbs with warmer ones, especially near mirrors.