Staging a bedroom and mastering this look down for yours is essential. Says Stephanie Mitchell of SF Gate, “when prospective buyers walk into a master bedroom, they are attracted to rooms that feel spacious, calm, neat and elegant.”
But how do you take your bedroom from looking lived-in to a buyer’s dream space? We’ve prepared the ultimate style guide to transform your bedrooms into the spacious and elegant spaces buyers adore, without spending tons of money or time doing it.
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How to Choose the Perfect Bedroom Colors
Neutral, cool colors are largely seen as best for bedrooms. Says top real estate agent Maribel Sotuyo of Houston, Texas, “Blues, grays, whites, and greiges (gray-beige) are all in right now.” Cool colors are easy to pair with crisp white linens (a classic bedding choice), and leave a ton of wiggle room for accent colors and textures in throw pillows.
If your bedroom walls don’t fall into a neutral, cool color scheme, a fresh coat of paint is probably in order. Paint your walls with the bedding in mind, making sure the two complement each other. Mitchell recommends choosing paint with an eggshell finish, that way it will pick up all the natural light in the room.
While bedding and bedroom color schemes might seem like an extravagant affair, Sotuyo reminds us that it doesn’t have to be— so long as your chosen colors accomplish the goal of making the room feel spacious and elegant. Simple white bedding, without too much fluff or frill works just as well as an elaborately designed bed. The important thing with all colors in the room is to strike a balance between neutral and stylish.
If your room starts to feel too neutral, consider livening things up with accent items. Says Mitchell, “Place a live potted plant in the room, such as a flower on the dresser or a tree in a corner. Put colorful throw pillows on the bed to add some visual interest to the color scheme.”
How to Style Your Bed
The main attraction of any bedroom is, of course, the bed.
If you’re lacking one, check out some ideas here for throwing a bed together. Make sure your bed isn’t too big for the room, and if it is, consider propping up an air mattress on some storage boxes to create a “bed” that better fits your space (don’t worry- it’s not especially likely someone plops down for a nap during the showing).
Once your bed is in place, you’ll also want to be sure to get a headboard. A bed without a headboard is like a cake without frosting, and it will definitely leave the room looking flat rather than chic.
A lot of sellers who find themselves short a headboard opt to make one using a tri-fold screen and fabric, or by hanging a curtain rod with several panels behind the bed close and to the ceiling. A headboard doesn’t have to be made of solid material, it just has to lend the appearance of completeness. Headboards also work wonders in making a room feel larger— especially when they’re tall.
After you get your bed basics down, it’s time to consider the bedding. Says Michelle Ullman of interior designer Lindsay Pennington, “When it comes to choosing your bedding, Lindsay likes to keep it simple: ‘New white bedding instantly makes a room feel updated, clean, and elegant.’ She then layers accent pillows and shams, along with an extra blanket or quilt, on top of the white bedding to give a sense of coziness to the space, and add a touch of pattern and color.”
Texture, patterns, and color are all things to consider when putting your bed together. Throw pillows are a great way to achieve this diversity in your designs and many professional home stagers like Melissa Marro recommend them highly. Says Marro, “pillows add a lot of drama, impact, color, texture, and luxury to a room.” For her staging projects she often uses up to four bed pillows and three throw pillows for a single queen-sized bed.
The Deal On Bedroom Furniture
Your bedroom colors are solid and your bed is made, now what to do with the rest of the stuff in the room? In the interest of making your bedroom feel as spacious as possible, the easiest solution is to get rid of it. Mitchell suggests getting rid of everything except your bed, a dresser, and bedside tables.
Leaving extra items like the dresser (if you have one) or a bedside table creates opportunity for decorating surface areas, but again, the most important thing is space. If you can leave items without the room feeling small, do so. Otherwise, put them in storage.
Sotuyo always advocates for proper furniture placement in her clients’ homes, explaining how many buyers will lose interest if they don’t like a home’s layout. “Most buyers,” she says “once they see furniture placed a certain way, they can’t envision it otherwise.”
Choosing Accent Pieces When Staging a Bedroom
Accent pieces can do wonders to make an otherwise plain room look stylishly put-together. A great place to start is to consider the placement of your window coverings. Says stylist blogger Jennifer Carroll, “Hang your drapes as high as possible to give the illusion of height in the room.” If you’re concerned about height, tie drapes back or choose sheer ones that don’t obscure any of your natural light.
Plants, vases, and wall art are also great ways to spruce up a bedroom with a neutral palette. Consider propping up wall art on surfaces against the wall to avoid any last-minute damage before your move, or use Command Strips to hang pieces in place.
The folks at MHM Professional Staging offer some great tips on how to choose your wall art, recommending abstract pieces, landscapes, still lifes, and vague renderings of people and shapes. Vases and other accent items should fall somewhere within your color scheme, offering a pop of color that deviates only slightly.
Strategically-placed lamps can also add a lot to a room, in addition to being another source of light. Using a wide variety of patterns in your accent items works wonders to bring a room together. Says Michelle Ullman, “Choose a variety of patterns with different scales; you can’t go wrong when you have a mix of large, small, and in-between designs.”
Keep the Space Neutral
One of the best pieces of advice we’ve heard is to make bedrooms feel as neutral as possible— and not just in regard to color. Says HGTV’s Lisa Laporta, “When you are selling, your master bedroom should appeal to buyers of both sexes. Get rid of features that seem too gender-specific.” So hold off on the pink and lavender color schemes, and choose something everyone will like.
Another point is to stay neutral when it comes to wall art. As advised by designers at MHM, anything explicit, political, or religious should be left out of your design scheme, as should the family photos.
In neutralizing your bedroom, remember to keep some things in it that will make buyers fall in love with the space. Says Caroll, “be careful that you don’t get to spare and lose all sense of style.” Use cool colors with textures, patterns, and pops of color to create a space that will speak to every buyer, and you’ll be one step closer to making them fall in love with your home.