37 Home Staging Experts Share the Secret to Appeal to Buyers in Your City

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Originally posted on https://www.redfin.com/blog/2017/11/home-staging-secrets-by-city.html

Written by  on November 8, 2017

What is the best way to stage your home? Redfin asked 37 experts all over the U.S to share their secrets.

When staging your house, how do you appeal to every person who will walk through your doors? Sure, you adore your black marble countertop and blue walls, but what will the buyer’s think? While it’s impossible to cater to everyone’s different preferences, there are some overarching similarities to appeal to many buyers – simply based on your location.

Redfin sought out home staging experts to share with you their secrets to appeal to buyers in 37 cities across the United States!

Los Angeles, California: Modern decor and art

“The most important trend in Los Angeles for the last few years has been a move away from traditional furnishings, to a transitional look which incorporates modern element.  Modern decor, especially modern art, now works with every style.” – Meridith Baer

San Francisco, California: Natural interior and modern art

“Buyers in the San Francisco Bay Area love a classically modern home with eclectic touches. They are knowledgeable about the latest trends and appreciate quality furnishings and high-end design. Natural interior elements, original art and modern decor are incorporated into each home we stage. This offers the “WOW” factor that is highly appealing to buyers and allows them to mentally unpack while touring the home.”  – Halcyon Home Staging + Design

Fresno, California: Clearly designated spaces with a touch of elegance

“Potential homebuyers in the Fresno, Clovis area are impressed by a modern, yet comfortable-looking home. They appreciate an up-to-date appearance with touches of elegance and clear designated spaces such as a home office, or a cozy patio area outside. We like to stage these areas to show a home’s maximum usability. Staging spaces for work and play in a home definitely attract buyers.” – Selling by Design-Staging

Denver, Colorado: Stylized bar carts

“One small touch that gets rave reviews when staging homes in Boulder Colorado: a perfectly styled bar cart either in the dining or living room! It sets the tone for entertaining with ease. It has a fun, upscale feel and people can imagine having friends over.” – A Change of Space

Washington D.COversized artwork is a must

“In Washington D.C., monuments and museums are a part of everyone’s daily ‘visual vernacular’ living in our nation’s capital. Eyes here become accustomed to oversized art, despite the small size of most homes. With that concept in mind, we find using oversized art is one of the keys to setting the tone for the luxury staging that our clients require in a market where the average priced home starts at $500K. D.C. Metro area buyers view approximately 8 to 10 properties an outing, therefore, it makes sense that seeing a colossal octopus or a mural-sized sunset helps buyers remember our staged properties above all others.” – Masterpiece Staging + Design

Miami, Florida: Bring in light, trendy furniture, and warmth

“The first and most important step for a good staging is to understand the space –  to feel it, to mind its age and the neighborhood that it’s in. Once that step is reached, the staging should be easy and inspiring enough to attract potential buyers. Every space either in a house, a condo or an office is different! The modern style can be projected as simple and cold, however, a good staging will always bring its warmth and comfort. Good staging will showcase the room’s focal point because every room has a focal point! Lastly, the staging has to be balanced with color, pattern or texture.” – Clara Godbey Home Staging + Organizing

Atlanta, Georgia: Minimalism is a must

“Home staging here in Atlanta has taken on the always emphasized ‘less is more’ concept. We are creating clean lines with neutral furnishings and minimal decor in our stagings from condos to high-end luxury homes in all price ranges. Atlantan’s are taking de-cluttering to another level so much so that they are moving out of their homes in some cases just to have the property staged. Agents and sellers are asking for staging that literally blends in where we are utilizing hushed tones of complex grays, sand and various shades of blue in pillows and artwork for some subtle pops of color.  Minimalism is in and grandma’s furniture and collectibles are out!” –No Vacancy – Home Staging Services

Honolulu, Hawaii: Combine coastal and urban flair

“Our staging techniques focus on improving a property’s appeal by transforming it into a welcoming and attractive home. It’s about creating a feeling, a sense of lifestyle, selling a dream. Our staging techniques are a fusion of Coastal, Island and Contemporary styles with an urban flair, inspired by the colors of the ocean, which are appealing to the buyers of the Hawaiian Real Estate Market.” – Inouye- Interior Decor & Luxury Home Staging Hawaii

Chicago, Illinois Show multi-functionality of rooms

“In Chicago, having smaller-scale inventory that is appropriate for condominiums, townhouses and apartments is a must. Along those same lines of smaller spaces, it is important to show multi-functionality of rooms. For example, a family room could be staged with a seating area and play area for children, or a bedroom that functions as a guest room and office help buyers see the duality of the space.” – Haven Home Staging and Redesign, Inc.

Indianapolis, Indiana: Showcase greenery and natural texture

“Indianapolis is a uniquely cosmopolitan city in the sense there’s still plenty of nature that has been preserved within the city, as well as the surrounding suburbs. It’s not unusual to pass a few farms on your morning commute into the city or to see a Maserati passing a tractor on the highway. As a result of this diversity, buyers are naturally drawn to greenery and texture in homes. I receive quite a few requests for roughly textured, imperfect wood pieces in a diverse range of homes, from the modern farmhouse and rustic industrial style homes to mid-century modern homes as well.” – Elephant in the Room Home Staging| Redesign

Kansas City, Kansas: Embrace the “modern farmhouse” look

“Some of the latest staging trends in the Midwest include the “modern farmhouse” look. White kitchens are still the rage warmed with brass and gold details from hardware to light fixtures. This new version of a transitional home features texture including hand-scraped wood floors, cabinet to the ceiling, and a huge return to the classic subway tile with interesting sizes and textures to feel more modern. Marble countertops and quartz seem to appeal to most buyers keeping up with the lighter and brighter interiors.  Although gray still remains a very popular neutral color for staging, the new “black” coming along is actually white! “-Kansas City Home Stagers

Louisville, Kentucky: Transitional and contemporary decor

“Louisville has been a conventional city but it is spreading its wings culturally, socially and physically. This vibrancy is mirrored in the home with a transformation from traditional design style to transitional and contemporary décor. Staging has to morph homeowners’ traditional styling into a fresh, upbeat design scheme to inspire today’s Louisvillian buyer.” –Home Detailing

New Orleans, Louisiana: Balance bright exteriors with neutral interiors

“New Orleans is well known for its Creole cottages and historic mansions with colorful architecture mixing all possible styles. Homes have a bright explosion of colors from the outside and as a staging expert, my purpose is to bring the tranquility from the inside. Beige, neutrals and whites are extremely demanding. The transitional trend is the ideal combination of the styles that houses need. The buyers like the warmth and comfort of the traditional style, which is balancing the color boom from the outside and the contemporary clean look. It’s extremely important is to pay attention to our New Orleans artists’ work, since locals love to display their unique art pieces in their homes. ” – Home Staging

Baltimore, Maryland: Soften steel with raw elements and warm lighting

“Baltimore is historically known as being a city of industry. Developers now are salvaging original steel and using it in these new construction homes for railings, beams, even fireplace mantles. While that might sound a little cold and unwelcoming at first, that’s where we come in and try to soften the industrial look with some raw elements like reclaimed wood and pair that with some chic warm lighting. Once the finishes and fixtures are selected, we then go and stage the property with a mix of contemporary and traditional furnishings. It’s best to try to appeal to all audiences to get the home sold faster and make the potential buyer aware that they are able to make what they want of the home without being stuck with one style .” –Domus Design & Staging

Boston, Massachusetts: Place furniture away from the walls

“One of the ways I like to make a room look larger is to furnish the space by floating the furniture away from the walls creating conversational settings. Many of the properties I stage in and around the city of Boston have a smaller square footage to work with. You would think spreading out the furniture close to the walls would make a room feel larger, but actually using this floating technique will open up the room making it feel more spacious.

A popular trend I’m seeing in and around the city is staging with a Scandinavian influence. We love to work with a home that has white walls and light-colored wooden floors where we can use clean lines and a simple staging setting with soft color accents.”- Boston Modern Staging

Detroit, Michigan: Oversized art and rustic accents

“With the revitalization of Detroit and the popularity of ‘loft living’ we have found that rustic accents and oversized art are important pieces in our staging arsenal. These are very appealing to a younger buyer who is the targeted consumer in this type of construction. Scale for these same spaces is usually smaller and more casual.” –Impact Home Staging Experts

Ann Arbor, Michigan: Buffalo Checks, textured throws and vintage pillows

“Here in the Midwest, the mindset is more of practicality and function of space. For the kitchen, laundry, and mudroom areas, ceramic plank flooring is a practical alternative to real wood floors. It gives the look of hardwoods but with the durability and ease of maintenance of tile that can take the abuse from the snow and mud that’s trekked indoors. Neutral grays continue as a top choice for wall colors, but the trend is adjusting to warmer taupes and shades of blues for upholstered furniture, area rugs, and accessories. Finally, buyers love buffalo checks, textured throws, and vintage design-inspired pillows.”- Bloom that Room

Las Vegas, Nevada: Integrate pops of metallics and mirrors

“In the city of Las Vegas we see staging and home décor moving away from the traditional style and toward a more contemporary and modern style of design. With all of the glitz and glamour on the Las Vegas strip we like to use pops of metallics, mirrors and gold accents to “wow” our buyers. In staging, we have to design our homes to appeal to the most buyers so we tend to use a very neutral palette like grey and white and then add pops of silver, chrome, and gold in our art and accessories, trays, vases, accents and mirrors to make a space feel much larger. By doing this, we are able to add a little glam to every staged home so buyers can fall in love with the space and see it as their next home.” – Intuitive Solutions Home Staging

Albuquerque, New Mexico: Use neutral colors and natural elements

“In Albuquerque, buyers are looking for an updated, modern feel while still keeping a bit of the enchantment of the southwest in the design, so we use a lot of neutral colors and natural elements. We use neutral colors like white, cream, tan and gray and natural elements like sticks, palms, cacti, and greenery to add texture and interest to the space.” – Su Casa Staging

[Editor’s Note: For the record, this is not an example of our work. We’re not sure whose this is.]

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