Let’s be honest, the holiday season ‘tis not the most popular season for selling your home. Instead, most of our calendars are packed with holiday parties and gift exchanges, and our budgets are tighter than usual. The jolly news is that there are a few brave house hunters who are serious about buying a home and your holiday staging could easily make them want to ring in the New Year in your home! Before you pull out the Christmas tree and big décor items, our experts at Design2Sell have must-hear tips for staging your home during this festive time of year.
Complement the Palette
Before you start untangling your tinsel, make sure your holiday collection matches your current decor. If your living room has a clean, all-white color scheme, skip the clashing red garland and opt for white candles, subtle gold accents or silver glass ornaments. If you’ve got an earthy color scheme, accent with rich tones like cranberry, forest green and gold. When staging a home during the holidays, our expert designers stick to what’s in trend while staying neutral and natural in case the home is still on the market after the holiday décor is put away.
Create a Cozy Vibe
Scent is one of the first senses to affect the limbic area of our brains. In turn, this area directly affects our emotions, feelings and even actions. The aroma of freshly baked cookies can draw anyone into your home, making them feel cozy and relaxed as the smell of baked goods brings back warm memories for many. If you don’t think your baking skills are up to the task or you don’t want to risk the smell of burnt cookies, then infuse your home with a warm sugar cookie fragrance by baking two tablespoons of vanilla extract in a dish at 300 degrees for 20 minutes. Aside from an enticing scent, there are other, more indirect ways to make your home feel inviting and cozy. Textiles can certainly serve as art in a room, so if you’re looking for a statement piece that adds comfort to the room, seasonal throw pillows or a large blanket can add drama, color and pattern instantly. A cozy holiday tablescape with layers and textures can also create a pleasant and joyful atmosphere.
Add Subtle Holiday Adornments
Too many trimmings and a large, lush tree may distract buyers, and it’s a lot of effort to go through for a home you’re leaving. However, the right accessories can draw attention to your home’s best features. You can easily get the warm and festive feel of the holiday without going through the hassle of decorating a tree by adding subtle touches to rooms like a pinecone centerpiece, an evergreen wreath or greenery with berries. We always advise sellers to avoid going overboard on holiday décor and remove overtly religious flourishes that may be off-putting to some buyers. You know your home and the features that really stand out. For example, if you have a marvelous fireplace, try hanging a few tasteful ornaments from your mantel to highlight that elegant fireplace, or add a simple strand of faux garland across the mantle. You can also dangle a few mistletoe bunches in arched doorways to really show the depth and drama of the structure.
Go Light on Lights
This part of home staging is where holiday lovers really have to reel in the Clark Griswold! You may love the 6,000 lights that are draped across your beautiful home every year, but the full-blown concert light show may feel overwhelming to buyers. Leave the reindeer and giant inflatables in storage this year and use simple string lighting to play up your home’s architecture. You can also use stockings, small trees and pre-lit candles to help add a festive vibe to your outdoor décor.
Keeping your holiday décor neutral and natural, and remembering that less is more, will help you home sell throughout the holidays! For more tips and trend for home design and décor, visit us at www.homedesign2sell.com.