We just completed a Style to Sell project and we love the way it turned out. This was a full staging, meaning we brought in everything — furniture, rugs, accessories, etc. Our goal was to make this cute little bungalow fresh and colorful.
We’ll start with the “after” photos . . .
And here’s how the house looked when we first saw it . . .
Of course, we can’t take all the credit for the transformation . . . the homeowner and real estate agent put in a lot of work cleaning, painting and fixing things up.
Inspiring, isn’t it? Of course, no one’s real house is going to look as perfect as a staged home, because everyday living means everyday messes, stacks of paper, etc. But you can refresh your own house — without putting it on the market — by taking these three steps:
1) Declutter! Pretend you are moving, and challenge yourself to keep only those things you would take to a new home. Box the rest up and donate or recycle it.
2) Paint! Lighter neutral colors always look fresh.
3) Use colorful accents! Notice the pops of color in the pillows and artwork we chose.
Just try this 3-step refresh strategy in one room — you’ll be amazed at the difference.