On any given Housing Hunt day, lone buyers or buyers working with agents are going to go into many homes. At the end of the day or especially a long weekend search, a lot of the homes are going to merge together in the buyer's mind.
I have experienced it with buyer's myself. We may go to a new subdivision where there are three different builders who build 12 different plans and we walk through the three displays while collecting the plans for all of the homes that meet the client's desired budget, square feet, bedrooms, etc.
At the end of the day we start to talk about them. I have encouraged my clients to write on the floor plans notes that will jog their memory of that particular home. Sometimes it works.
So this hint happened to occur to me quite accidentally while staging my son's home for sale. I saw a table setting at Pier 1 that was the perfect colors to grab attention in photos and really pop in the kitchen. I bought a four place setting of chargers, plates, salad plates and specialty plates that had a peacock painted on them. I planned to use the peacock blue as the repeated pop of color throughout the home since it was a current trend and easy to purchase items to match.
Next I needed to update his comforter which was muted and had lost a lot of its plushness. At Marshall's I found this kind of crazy set in white with little leaves that were the same color of the walls of the room, yet two large embroidered peacocks were boldly sewn into the lower half of the spread. It had the green, the blue and a touch of deep purple. Quite a wild pick for a bachelor's home...but he was not the target audience. I expected a couple to purchase the home and it definitely gave the room a needed feminine touch.
Then things began to just fall into place. I could have taken the "Peacock Theme" all the way and that is something to hold restraint on for sure. But we repeated the teal in a bench in the bedroom, he already owned a pair of teal and bronze lamps that we used and I found some deep purple accent pillows to add to the depth of the color on the Master Bed.
In the kitchen, my client already had a tall floor vase with some reeds and stems in reds and natural, so we went to Michael's and got a couple of packages of Peacock Feathers to accent it. Barely noticeable, but if someone looks they won't miss it.
There are many great features to this home, unforgetable features like a 135 inch screen in the Home Theater. However, this simple idea of taking a current trend and using it to update the decor has not only made this home show well but truly puts something to talk about in the mind and mouth of the potential buyer.
I can only imagine as they discuss their favorites the words will roll out "Remember the Peacock House:?"
I'll let you know how it works out.