Home Staging Your Kitchen - Before and After Pictures Included

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I recently had the good fortune of mentoring a couple of home stagers here in Atlanta. In one of our sessions,  we found ourselves discussing the importance of a kitchen as it relates to the buyer. They had printed off instructions from a website on how to stage a kitchen. The advice, according to this site was to remove everything off of the countertops. Period, end of sentence. 

As a professional home stager in Atlanta, I disagree with that advice. Here's why.

This is an example of what a kitchen looks like with nothing on the countertops:

Home Staging Atlanta Kitchen Before Picture

Here's the same kitchen (different angle) with accessories added.

Home Staging Atlanta Kitchen After

Here's another example of a kitchen we staged. In the case of this home, the homeowner had added a view pieces (yellow pitcher and silver tray in the corner).

Home Staging Atlanta - Kitchen Before Picture

Here's how it looked when we were finished. As you can see, we hand selected a few pieces to help make it more inviting.

Home Staging Atlanta Kitchen After Picture

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This Atlanta home stager understands what it takes to separate your home or listing from the others on the market. Armed with a massive inventory, we can add the furniture and accessories befitting the style of the home as well as the demographics of the buyer. We also provide our after pictures at no additional charge. 


Atlanta Georgia Home Stager Kathy Nielsen


Our Atlanta home staging services have helped hundreds of sellers secure a contract quickly. Visit our website at http://atlantahomestaging.net to see first-hand the solutions for selling your home, listing or flipped property. Contact us today to schedule your appointment by emailing Kathy at Kathy@HomeStagingAtlanta.com or by calling 678 522 8392. We've got the furniture and accessories your home needs!



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Sally Weatherley
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Kathy - Great examples.  A kitchen doesn't need too much, but it does need some accents to warm up an otherwise stark looking space.  I wonder who authored that website - definitely not good staging advice there!

Jan 09, 2011 09:08 AM #8
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

The angle of the photos (framing of the shot) and proper lighting made a big difference too which brings up one of my other favorite subjects of smarter photography. But even well lit and proper angled, those empty counters would have been cold and uninviting! your staging is excellent work! 

Jan 09, 2011 09:13 AM #9
Virginia Tatseos
Stage-Show-Sell - Bloomfield Township, MI

Nothing on the counters make the house look vacant and cold.

The few things added made such a big difference

Jan 09, 2011 09:52 AM #10
Sandi Gerrard
Toronto, ON

Great blog post, Kathy.  Your photos clearly show the huge impact of those few key pieces that show the kitchen as the gathering place it should be.

Jan 09, 2011 09:28 PM #11
Kathy Nielsen
http://atlantahomestaging.net - Marietta, GA
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

Thanks, everyone, for your kind comments.

Accessories DO make a huge difference. I couldn't imagine staging a home and leaving the counters empty.

Sandi - Thanks for the reblog.


Jan 09, 2011 10:36 PM #12
Maria Tobin
Staged For Success - Huntersville, NC

Kathy - the heart of the home has to shine.  Your touch always does that.

Jan 10, 2011 12:30 AM #13
Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

Kathy - I love the red accent pieces; the really add a nice punch of color. The black and white photo looks great too! Another great job!

Jan 10, 2011 01:27 AM #14
Michelle Finnamore
Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket - Vaughan, ON
Preparing your property for sale

I agree Kathy, good photos that show how adding the lifestyle element to the kitchen invites buyers to linger a while longer and see themselves living there. Empty counters? Never!  It would be like putting a dress on with no shoes.

Jan 10, 2011 01:28 AM #15
Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

Love the red accents in the black and white kitchen. I tell my clients to clear off their counter tops of "stuff" and all the extra appliances and utensils. THEN to add some accents and color. The advice they got online was definitely bad advice. But you showed them! LOL

Jan 10, 2011 03:29 AM #16
Tori Toth
Tori Toth, International - Howard Beach, NY
888.667.6643 NYC & Beyond, HSR, SAR, RESA, LIBOR

I love that you used red accents in the back and white kitchen and added a lamp in the other kitchen definately creates a mood.

Jan 10, 2011 04:52 AM #17
Diana Young
Staging Seattle, King & Snohomish Counties - Edmonds, WA

Hi Kathy,  I like the way you have used artwork in these kitchens and additional lighting on the countertop which makes the kitchen feel cozy.

Jan 10, 2011 04:52 AM #18
Linda D. Pufford
Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging - Novato, CA
ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager


Your examples are gorgeous!  The before and after shots clearly show how staging makes a difference.  I'm so glad that you were the one to mentor those new stagers...  so they ended up getting the correct advise!  Great job Kathy, as always!

I love the touch to the breakfast bar that you did with the white flowers in the little bud vases that are highlighted by the pendent/task lighting.  It makes me want to sit right down and relax and have a cup of morning coffee.  That kind of lifestyle that you created is just what buyers are looking for.

Jan 10, 2011 04:54 AM #19
Barbara Heil-Sonneck
Design2Sell - Atlanta, GA
Home Staging Atlanta

Kathy - Great examples and excellent photos!

Jan 10, 2011 10:10 AM #20
Michele Hess
Simply Staged Inc. - Rockford, IL
Home Stager Rockford - Simply Staged Inc

Kathy, I too have heard the same advice over and over.  The sellers mention that they were told to remove everything from the counters.  Your before/after photos demonstrate why this is Not good advice.  Great post - we need to get the word out.

Jan 11, 2011 02:27 AM #21
Michelle Drewry
Signature Real Estate Group - Henderson, NV
Realtor - Signature Real Estate Group

Completely empty kitchen counters like a vacant house doesn't give the buyer much to relate to.  Glad you were able to teach the stagers otherwise.  Your accessorizing gives a lot of appeal to buyers and great photos for the internet.  Perfection!

Jan 11, 2011 04:56 AM #22
Beverly Carlson
Carlson Properties 325-721-2429 - Abilene, TX
Abilene's Staging Realtor

The kitchen needs a pop of color on the counters and also look to see that the kitchen coordinates with the style of the rest of the house.  There are so many pretty things, but remember that less is always more in staging.  Three items might seem sparse but in a small to medium kitchen really are enough.  Fresh flowers in the kitchen are never wrong!!!! 

Jan 12, 2011 05:15 AM #23
Anna Dovger
Add Value Home Staging LLC, 281-704-6607 - The Woodlands, TX
Home Staging -The Woodlands, TX

Maybe the title of that article was how to clean the kitchen;-)Nothing on the counters makes kitchen look too sterile and inviting. Your pictures are perfect example of 'how to stage a kitchen'

Jan 14, 2011 10:22 AM #24
Karen Searle, Home On Display
Peterborough, ON

I totally agree with you.  Every room needs a hit of colour and some type of focal point to attract the buyer's eye to hold them in the room a little bit longer.

Jan 15, 2011 05:41 AM #25
Wendy Tomm
Beyond the Walls - East St Paul, MB
CCSP, RESA-PRO, BBB - Wpg Realtors

One of my favorite spaces to stage are kitchens and you have done a really lovely job with both of these featured projects.

Sep 08, 2011 02:04 AM #26
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

Stageing the kitchen is so important in catching the buyers eye and approval in a home.  

Dec 30, 2012 08:13 AM #27
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