Virtual Staging - What A Concept!

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Home Stager with Prudential Ambassador / Ross Designs, LLC

Seeing really is believing!  Sellers of mine want to paint their kitchen cabinets in order to update them (old, dark 70's wood) but not sure what color to use. Their appliances, flooring and countertops are all various shades of white and off-white, so painting the cabinets white or off-white would likely look like they were trying to match one of the existing colors but weren't able to get it right. Can you imagine an entire kitchen of different whites?  Blahsville!   

My suggested solution?  Consider another neutral color - sage green. My sellers were still not convinced, so I went to my fabulous friend on the ‘Rain for help. Michelle Molinari of Featurethisdotdotdot . Michelle has so many wonderfully inspired solutions when it comes to Staging that I always think of her first when I have a dilemma.  

Michelle offers "virtual staging" which allows sellers to "see" the changes in a mock-up. So many people are not able to visualize major changes and analyzing a mock-up can really help a seller make informed decisions about what to change and what colors or materials to use. Here is the example that she created for my clients:

 

 

Michelle offers this service at a discount to other Home Stagers. This is not something that I have the ability to do (technically speaking) and I am happy to hire Michelle whenever something like this comes up.  Thanks, Michelle!

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Comments (17)

Ginger Foust
Certified Staging Professional - Oakhurst, CA
Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging

Michelle's talents are definitely envied here.  Love the new look in that OLD kitchen...did they go for it?

Feb 09, 2009 04:16 AM
Tori Lynn Wallitsch
Prudential Ambassador / Ross Designs, LLC - Omaha, NE

They are still leaning towards tan for the cabinets; afraid that going green would limit their pool of interested buyers. What do you think?

Feb 09, 2009 04:59 AM
Ginger Foust
Certified Staging Professional - Oakhurst, CA
Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging

Tori personally I love the green but a deep tan could be a better (?) choice.  I know a lot of people that don't like green...any shade of green.  Since you said that they have many shades of white in the room, hopefully they will opt for a tan with more color in it.  What are the current countertops? Are they changing them out?

Feb 09, 2009 05:06 AM
Kathy Passarette
Creative Home Expressions - Mount Sinai, NY
L.I. Staging/Decorating

I have to say that the green lightens up that kitchen.  I knew Michelle did this, but didn't know she offered it to other stagers - great to know. 

Feb 09, 2009 05:06 AM
Tori Lynn Wallitsch
Prudential Ambassador / Ross Designs, LLC - Omaha, NE

Ginger - they are not planning on switching anything else out. I willl help select tans with more tone to them if they decide to go that route. Good suggestion.

Feb 09, 2009 05:12 AM
Chrissie Sutherland
Ready Set Stage - Greensboro, NC

very cool.  I didn't even know that this could be done.  Thanks for sharing.  The kitchen looks great green by the way.  Good job.

Feb 09, 2009 06:31 AM
Jacqueline Forde
Alluring Interiors - Ajax, ON

What a transformation!!  Just fabulous!

Feb 09, 2009 01:32 PM
Karen Hubert
Center Stage Design-real estate staging, Ancaster/Hamilton - Ancaster, ON
Home Stager

This is an awesome idea.  I really like the green although I thought it was grey but with the new light fixture it all looks great.

Feb 10, 2009 12:11 AM
Michelle Molinari
FEATURE THIS... Real Estate Staging & Interior Decor - Lafayette, LA
Feature This Real, Estate Staging & Curb Appeal Concepts

Tori Lynn,

You are most welcome! Thanks for the plug, and I sure hope they decide to do SOMETHING!

~Michelle

Feb 10, 2009 07:46 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

That is a great resource and I will keep it in mind.  The pictures are fabulous and I love the transformation. 

Feb 11, 2009 10:54 AM
Vicki Styons
RoomBenders - Columbia, SC

This is a wonderful tool and it really helps to see colors and other changes before they are actually made.  I like green but color popularity seems to change so quickly these days that a tan might appeal to more people.  You were smart to go to Michelle for help and I really appreciate your letting us know of this service.

Feb 11, 2009 02:55 PM
Kathleen Lordbock
Broker/Short Sale & Staging Specialist - Crosby, MN
Keller Williams Realty Professionals

I agree that I like the green but am not so sure that it would be so great to do if selling.

Regardless it looks much better.

Feb 14, 2009 07:48 AM
Bryan Bittner
Virtual Staging Solutions - Austin, TX

Virtual home staging can be extremly effective if you are using a quality service. There are some more great examples in the gallery at VirtualStagingSolutions.com which is the largest and most highly respected company in the world for virtual staging.

 

Vacant Virtual Staging

 

Virtual Staging

 

 

Apr 01, 2009 05:27 PM
Michelle Molinari
FEATURE THIS... Real Estate Staging & Interior Decor - Lafayette, LA
Feature This Real, Estate Staging & Curb Appeal Concepts

Hi Brian,

I wholeheartedly agree with you regarding quality.

Nothing beats it. You have to know how to stage for today's buyer, first and foremost, before you can execute a successfully "staged" virtual image.

Hope you don't mind me taking a stab at your vacant room above!

We may not be the biggest virtual staging outfit out there, but we've got a few years under our belt in the design field, and we think it shows.

~Michelle

www.FeatureThisDotDotDot.com

and

www.CurbAppealForDummies.com

 

 

 

 

Apr 07, 2009 10:19 PM
Michele Hanigan
Keller Williams Realty Plano, Texas - Dallas, TX
Realtor - Dallas & Plano Real Estate - (214)738-5555

Great post!  Thanks for sharing.  I'm thinking of possibly using a virtual stager for 2 larger rooms and one small.  How long will it take you to do that and what is the cost?  Thanks.

Jun 23, 2011 12:57 PM
Jeena Willson
Spotless Agency - Albany, NY

I know that there are servces where you pay for buyer's impression, not for photo items. For example, http://www.spotlessagency.com/ practice such option

Nov 03, 2017 04:10 AM