10 Dreamy Ways to Stage a Master BedroomJanuary 20, 2017
The master bedroom is a key area of the home to stage. It’s the homeowner’s retreat from the cares of the world and the stress of busy home life. It needs to feel like you’ve stepped into a vacation property. You want buyers to walk in and sigh from their desire for such a space. Here are 10 dreamy ways to make the magic happen:
1. Paint in colors of relaxation
Paint is an inexpensive way to transform a chaotic space into a restful retreat. Go for neutral, calming colors. Think of a Caribbean resort. The walls are usually a soft white to create an open feel. Other comforting colors are beiges, soft grays, pale blues and muted greens. An eggshell finish is care-friendly but also picks up natural light.
2. Lighten up the bedding
Dressing the bed in linens that match the wall color will make the room appear larger. White linens are especially spa-like; a fresh white duvet and pillow covers, even if they’re from Walmart, look fresh and stylish in any decor. A pop of color in the form of a throw pillow or blanket on the bed can be just enough to create interest.
If you have a box spring, cover it with a bedskirt, preferably one with a box pleat for a neat appearance. Iron any new linens before they go on the bed (rumpled is not relaxing!).
3. Make it sparkle
This rule applies to every room in the house. In the master bedroom, make sure there is no dust, scuff marks, or dirt on the trim. The key to a retreat is to make people think about relaxing, not cleaning. Always make the bed!
4. De-clutter to de-stress
There shouldn’t be any clutter in the master bedroom. Period. Again, this is a spa retreat where the mess of life is left behind. The restful bedroom is free of all things that say work or interruption such as exercise equipment, computers, televisions and hampers. Get all the personal items, books, etc. off the bedside tables and dressers.
5. Optimize the lighting
There should be lamps on or above both side tables. They don’t have to match but should be in the same design scheme (i.e. both retro, both white). If there is a ceiling fan, make sure it’s clean and operational. Choose incandescent or soft LED lights for a warm feeling.
6. Brighten the window coverings
Bring the light in. Remove dark window coverings and replace with inexpensive sheer curtain panels. When you sell a home, the curtains are usually included in the sale, so change these out before your home goes on the market. Make sure the new panels aren’t wrinkled from the package. If you have blinds, make sure they are pulled up when you show the house.
7. Ease up on décor
As in a resort suite, the decor is kept to a minimum. Artwork should be neutral in focus (think landscapes and abstracts, not pics of you on the beach) and complementary to the style. Art can be vivid, but it must complement the scale and style of the room. A pair of larger, balanced pieces can actually make a room look bigger than a small frame on a big wall. A single potted plant, tree or flower is acceptable to bring life to the space.
8. Scale down the furniture
The master bedroom can feel small when the furniture overpowers the room. If you have bulky furniture, consider swapping it out for smaller rental furniture. The idea is to create space and plenty of walking room. At the very least, cut down furniture to just the bed and side tables. Dressers are OK if the room is large enough.
If you don’t have a headboard, find something inexpensive or DIY. We’ve pinned some super easy headboard projects on our Redefy Pinterest board. If you have an ensuite bath, consider arranging furniture so buyers don’t have to walk around the bed to get there.
9. Glam up the closet
The master bedroom closet is a prized possession to the clothes hound. If you don’t have a walk-in, clear out everything seasonal and outdated to make the space appear larger (you have to pack it anyway). Walk-in closets should also be cleared to appear large; create the idea of luxury with nice baskets and something to sit on that fits the space.
Get rid of all the mismatched hangars and go for all matching to create a more cohesive look. Inexpensive white plastic hangars can make a white modular space look bigger. Color-coordinating and grouping like items also creates a sense of order. Shoes should be put in boxes or very neatly displayed.
10 Ensuite bathroom
This is the pièce de résistance, the masterpiece of the master retreat. Outside of the kitchen, this room will probably face the most critique, so make it as special (and clean) as possible. The décor, paint color and design elements should mirror the master bedroom. Follow our bathroom staging ideas to make the most of the space.
Creating a restful retreat in the master bedroom invites buyers to dream about escaping to this space every day.
BY SUSHA ROBERTS
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