As I watch my dad and husband eagerly await the approach of hunting season, I am reminded of the importance of camouflage. Camouflage is essentially the art of making something blend in with its surroundings, and it can be an important tool for home sellers on a tight budget. A well-staged home will draw attention away from negative elements and focus on the home’s most positive features. Here are a few tricks of the trade that can help you hide flaws in a room:
- Tiny windows – Hang curtains wider and closer to the ceiling to visually expand the space.
- Unsightly electrical cords – Use little hooks attached to your desk or wall to hang electrical cords just out of site. A large, full plant also does a great job of hiding wires.
- Bumpy, uneven walls – Paint with a low sheen finish reflects less light, making it harder to notice surface imperfections. While flat paint does a great job of this, it’s not very durable and is generally recommended only for low traffic areas (i.e., the ceiling). An eggshell or satin finish is still low-sheen, but more durable.
- Small, dark spaces – Buyers respond to light and bright, so add a lamp! Mirrors are another easy way to make a room feel bigger and brighter.
- Cluttered, open shelving – Remove the clutter and put anything that absolutely has to stay in matching baskets. Less is more!
- Open layouts – This isn’t necessarily a flaw by itself, but when adjoining walls in an open floor plan are chopped up by different colors it can feel unsettling to potential buyers. With open layouts, it’s generally better to select one wall color for all the adjoining rooms and add pops of color in other places. The continuity of a single color tends to be more relaxing for buyers.
If you need a little help figuring out what to do with eyesores or problem areas in your home, we can help! Give Three Bears Home Staging and Redesign a call at (832) 377-0785 to schedule a consultation!