A Georgetown, Washington, DC Condo Transformed

By
Home Stager with Preferred Staging, LLC

Last week we staged a fabulous one bedroom condo in a prime Georgetown location, right across the street from Rose Park.  This unit has a really wonderful open floor plan with a full kitchen and eat-in area, but what we really loved was the living room with the transom lights and access to the beautiful communal courtyard.

Before we could stage, however, we needed to do some painting.  The previous owner had painted the walls for how they lived there, but it was what I call "style specific" and would probably not appeal to the general buying public.  After some careful research, I found a lovely grey for the kitchen that would work with both the countertops and the tile floor, and a very light and airy taupe that complimented the grey.  The overall effect was not only a clear definition of space, but also a lightening and brightening of the entire condo.

The interior space could also be deceiving without furniture in the rooms, especially the living room and bedroom.  When the rooms were vacant, it was hard to imagine just exactly what furniture could go where, especially in the bedroom - would a queen bed fit?  Again, after careful research, I found the perfect rental furniture that met the necessary requirements.  We were able to put a sofa and 2 comfortable upholstered chairs in the living room with two end tables and a cocktail table, while still allowing space to open a storage closet and the door to the courtyard.  And yes, a queen bed and 2 nightstands fit quite easily in the bedroom.  It's all a matter of scale. 

Here are some of the before and after pictures:

               

You can find the rest of the photos here. If you are interested in showing this great Georgetown condo, you can find the listing information here

All the Best,

Monica

Comments (10)

Janet Jones
Just Your Style Interiors, LLC - Kihei, HI
Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

Monica--So glad you had the unit painted.  Your staging really helps the condo feel like a home.  I love the color palette in the bathroom. 

May 19, 2011 06:55 AM
Monica Murphy
Preferred Staging, LLC - Potomac Falls, VA
ASP, IAHSP, RESA

Janet - thanks for your feedback!  The color on the bathroom wall used to be plain white to go with the old black and white tiles, but with the lighting, it was just "blah".  I had it painted a Benjamin Moore color called White Wisp, which has a touch of silver in it, and it's one of those colors that will pick up the color of whatever else is in the room. 

May 19, 2011 07:23 AM
Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Wow!  I love this stage.  The green sofa and lounge chairs just look like a knock out!  Coupled with the black and white cushions - the whole look is fantastic. 

May 19, 2011 12:21 PM
Kathy Nielsen
http://atlantahomestaging.net - Marietta, GA
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

Nicely staged, Monica. Your post highlights the importance of changing out the "style specifics" so that the home can appeal to a broad range of prospective buyers. Great job.

Congratulations. Your home staging is being featured in the group Staging Before and After Pictures.

Kathy

May 20, 2011 12:56 AM
Julia Maher
Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes - Fairfield, CT
Connecticut Home Stager

Great flow through the rooms with the change in wall paint!

May 21, 2011 06:58 AM
Michelle Finnamore
Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket - Vaughan, ON
Preparing your property for sale

Hi Monica, really well done staging. I like the dining room transformation best. I just never see what red does for a room when it is on the walls. Accents are fine in red, but red walls just overpower a space.

Jun 02, 2011 02:56 PM
Anonymous
Jerry Brooks Jr.

Monica,

This condo you staged turned out well.  I really enjoyed the color scheme of the dining room accessories (yellow/golden placemats and flowers) that complimented the wall art behind it (or the other way around).

The additions of baby blues and contrasting greens gave it a fresh lively look as well. And yes, the color scheme for room transitionsing flows great. The taupe wall color goes really well with the wood floors too...great choice.

Jerry

 

Jun 16, 2011 08:15 AM
#7
Anonymous
Jerry Brooks Jr.

Monica,

This condo you staged turned out well.  I really enjoyed the color scheme of the dining room accessories (yellow/golden placemats and flowers) that complimented the wall art behind it (or the other way around).

The additions of baby blues and contrasting greens gave it a fresh lively look as well. And yes, the color scheme for room transitionsing flows great. The taupe wall color goes really well with the wood floors too...great choice.

Jerry

 

Jun 16, 2011 08:17 AM
#8
Wendy Tomm
Beyond the Walls - East St Paul, MB
CCSP, RESA-PRO, BBB - Wpg Realtors

Monica, your choices for paint colour are fabulous and makes all the difference.  Congratulations on a nice staging job.

Sep 12, 2011 05:26 PM
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Monica, I like how you neutralized the colors in this condo to make it appealing to buyers.  Great job!

Jan 08, 2013 08:42 PM