Staging Basics: The Dining Room

Dining Room (1)Not all homes have a formal dining room, and some families do not use their space for sit down dinners on a regular basis. However, if you have a formal dining room, it is important to stage it as such, even if you use it as a home office or play room in your daily life. Buyers love the added entertainment potential of a formal dining room and it can be a very important selling point for your home. Below are a few tips for staging a dining room:

1. Keep open storage organized and clean.

There may be open or visible storage in your dining room, so it is important to make sure this is visually appealing and clean. While your sideboard and cabinets are likely going with you to your new home, you still want to make a good impression. Whether buyers consciously think about it or not, they may have doubts about the maintenance of the rest of the home if you can’t be bothered to dust your displayed china.

2. Define the space.

If your formal dining area is part of a great room or not otherwise defined by its own enclosed space, try using an area rug to draw some separation. This will help buyers orient themselves. In addition, if you use your dining room for other purposes like a home office of play room, remove these excess items and get a dining set in place. If you do not have these furniture pieces, you can try renting them or borrowing a set while your home is on the market.

3. Avoid bold colors.

You may have heard things about red being good color option for a dining room since it stimulates the appetite, but ultimately bold colors are a very personal choice. As with the rest of the rooms in your house, make it as easy as possible for buyers to envision themselves living in your home by choosing neutral paint colors.

4. Remove excess furniture.

Too many furniture pieces can make buyers feel the room is too small. If possible, remove any unnecessary storage pieces, extra chairs, or computer desks for the time being. You want the space to feel functional without overwhelming buyers.

5. Arrange a centerpiece.

Once you have all your furniture pieces properly in place, you can create a focal point with a centerpiece on the dining table. Fresh fruit or flowers are always a solid option, but remember not to pick anything too bold. Also, keep scale in mind, since your centerpiece should complement both the table size and the entire size of the room.

6. Choose thoughtful place settings.

In larger spaces, sometimes the use of decorative place settings can help the space feel warm and inviting. This can be a great way to add a bit of color to the room as well. If you have questions about what pieces to include in your place settings, ask your realtor for advice.

With the dining room at the center of holiday dinners, special occasions, and daily family life, it’s important to impress buyers here. Even if it means changing your own routine to stage the space for the sale, it will ultimately help you get into your new home that much faster.

This concludes our series on home staging. Please check back next week for more real estate tips, tricks, and advice.




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