Staging a master bedroom is one of the most important things you can do to showcase how comfortable, luxurious and spectacular your home is – and there are several ways to do it. This guide gives you ten tips for staging a master bedroom that prospective buyers will love, including:
Choose a relaxing color palette
Brighten your bedding
Clean, clean, and clean more
Choose optimal lighting
Pull back the window coverings
Choose minimal decor
Scale down your furnishings, if necessary
Clear out your closet
Make the most of your lighting scheme
10 Tips for Staging a Master Bedroom (With Pictures)
Use these tips to make your master bedroom shine with features that excite potential buyers.
#1. Choose a relaxing color palette
Your master bedroom should be an amazing place to relax – and with the right color palette, you can turn it into an idyllic retreat. The idea is to choose neutral colors that lend themselves to relaxation, like pale blue, muted green, soft gray or beige. Don’t choose glaringly bright white; although it’ll brighten up the space, it’s too harsh for a bedroom.
#2. Brighten your bedding
When you’re staging a master bedroom, your bed linens should fit into your room’s color palette. You can choose a fresh, fluffy white duvet cover and matching pillows, and use a throw blanket to create a pop of color.
#3. Clean, clean, and clean more
The cleaner your bedroom is, the better. Banish dust from the light fixtures and ceiling fans, scrub the windows until they sparkle, and get fingerprints off the light switch and door handles. If you have a television in your room, make sure the screen is spotless, too. Remove scuff marks wherever you see them, and make sure the windowsills are freshly painted and in great condition.
Prospective buyers want to see that your house is easy to keep clutter-free – they’re all battling clutter in their current homes, too, and they hope that the next home they buy will be better. Keep everything off your countertops (including appliances that you can put away, like toasters), and make sure that your cabinets and drawers are neat and well-organized. Buyers will open all the doors and drawers, so the neater you can keep things, the better.
#5. Choose optimal lighting
Banish shadows with the right lighting. That means when you open all your blinds and drapes, you should look for shadowy spots (particularly in corners). When you find them, invest in the right floor or table lamps to illuminate those spaces. The brighter your home is inside, the more favorably buyers will look at it.
#6. Pull back the window coverings
When someone’s coming to view your home, the drapes should be all the way open and tucked out of the way, and the blinds should be raised as high as possible. Natural light goes hand-in-hand with synthetic light (see #5) to make your home more appealing to prospective buyers.
#7. Choose minimal decor
Don’t overdo it on decor – and if you currently have so much decor that your room looks cluttered, take some down. You want to give buyers a little push in the imagination department, which you can’t do if you’ve completely saturated your master bedroom in your own style. Try to go neutral with everything, like what you’d see in a luxury hotel, so you can inspire buyers rather than overwhelm them.
#8. Scale down your furnishings, if necessary
Too much furniture makes a bedroom look crowded and small, so if you have to turn a certain way to get around your dresser and to your bed, it’s time to downsize. You want easy-to-navigate floor space, which might mean taking out your favorite reading chair or rocker.
#9. Clear out your closet
Every buyer wants closet space – even if they won’t use all of it. Your best (and safest bet) in staging a master bedroom is to remove half your clothing from your closet and make sure the floors are clear. If you have an organizational system in your closet, that’s great – but you still need to remove half of what’s there, because buyers want to see that the closet has more space than they’ll ever need. Put your own clothing in an empty closet elsewhere in the home, or stash it in storage for now (you can get it out as soon as you get into your next home).
#10. Use mirrors to amplify your space
Mirrors are a great way to amplify your space. They’ll increase natural light when you open the blinds and make your room appear larger – and they’re very neutral, so they’re a great way to fill up blank spaces on your walls when you need to find the right depersonalized decor.
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