Staging a Master Bedroom: Dos and Don'ts
When staging a master bedroom, think about what will appeal to buyers' emotions. The master bedroom should be staged as a sanctuary where the homeowner can go at the end of the day and just relax. It should feel calm and be comfortable. To achieve a look that will draw buyers in, follow these dos and dont's.
Do Make the Bed the Focal Point
The bed should be large, (but not too large for the size of the room), and should be placed opposite the room's entrance so it is the first thing people see when they walk in.
Do Use New Linens
The master bedroom should look luxurious. Invest in a new bedding set that is neutral in color and style. Don't forget about the pillows: you want them to be fluffy and new looking. Three rows of pillows in descending size looks best. Prop Euro pillows against the headboard, then place standard or king size pillows with shams in front of the Euro pillows, and add a few small decorative pillows in various shapes to finish off the look.
Do Paint the Walls
Go for a color that is neutral like light grey or beige. Definitely take down any wallcoverings; most people do not like the wallpaper or borders that someone else has selected for their bedroom.
Do Arrange Furniture Symmetrically
Pay attention to the placement of the bed, night stands, dressers, and any other furniture in the room. Look at the room from all sides to make sure it is balanced. There should not be so much furniture that the room feels crowded. You may need to remove one or two large items and put them elsewhere or in storage for awhile.
Do Set Up a Seating Area
If there is enough space in the room, set up a seating area with one or two chairs and a table. Choose accessories for the seating area, (such as a tray with a bottle of wine and two wine glasses), that will show buyers how relaxing the room is.
Don't Get Personal
There should not be any family photos or personal items in the master bedroom. Remove or hide all your personal things such as sleep aids, medicine, lotions, or anything that is very personal.
Don't Neglect the Closet
The closet should appear spacious, so it is wise to clean out as much as possible when you are trying to sell your home. You want buyers to think there is plenty of space for all their belongings. If they see a closet that is crammed with stuff, they will think it is not big enough for their needs.
Don't Have a TV in the Master Bedroom
If you're not sure whether a TV looks good in a master bedroom, just take a photo and see for yourself. Not only does a TV in the bedroom look unattractive in most cases, it also does not convey a feeling of peacefulness. If you must have one, make sure it is a flat screen and does not overpower the room.
Follow these do and dont's when staging a master bedroom, and you will be well on your way to convincing buyers that your home is a perfect place for them to live.