Every single room matters when you’re selling a house. Follow these tips for staging a dining room to make the most out of that space!
One of your goals as a home seller is creating a home that potential buyers find irresistible. Today, we focus on an often-overlooked space with these tips for staging a dining room.
- 🤔 What is home staging?
- 💠 Formal vs. Casual Dining Room
- 🧹 Remove the Clutter
- 📱 Contact The Wilson Group
- 🎨 Stay Neutral
- 💎 Style & Ambiance
- 👍 Ditch the Tablecloth
- 📏 The Right Size Table
- 💡 Chandeliers & Lighting
- 💐 Featured Centerpiece
- 🖼️ Hutches and Side Tables
- 🍽️ Setting the Table
- ✴️ Add a Rug
- 🚫 No Dining Room
- 📋Tips for Staging a Dining Room
🤔 What is home staging?
Think of home staging as getting your house ready for the most exclusive party in town. Because you want to help buyers see themselves living in the home, you strip away distractions and add elements that make the space inviting.
💠 Formal vs. Casual Dining Room
How you choose to stage the dining room depends on the intended use of that space. Decide whether you’re creating a formal dining room meant for guests or a casual dining room for everyday household meals.
You may be surprised to find that some buyers prefer homes that are open concept when it comes to floorplan. A formal dining room may not be as appealing in some areas, so it’s best to consult with a real estate agent to see what’s trending.
🧹 Remove the Clutter
Give yourself the best backdrop for success by clearing the room of everything but the base furniture pieces. Staging is the perfect time to pack away things you’ll be taking when you move. Meet two objectives at once.
Remember, you want potential buyers to see themselves living in the home. Remove personal collections, photographs, and anything not appreciated by a broad range of people.
📱 Contact The Wilson Group
🎨 Stay Neutral
When it comes to paint colors and decor, you’re best to stay in the neutral zone. Again, it’s a good idea to check with your real estate agent or a professional stager to see what is trending in the real estate market right now.
Choose shades of white, beige, or gray. You want to room to stand out and make a lasting impression, but you don’t want to overtake the rest of the house.
💎 Style & Ambiance
Before you begin adding things back to the dining room that you’ve decluttered, decide on the overall intention of the room. Choose a theme that is appealing and matches the style of the house.
You wouldn’t want to place an elaborate, formal chandelier in a dining room that sits in a modern styled home. Similarly, you wouldn’t add an industrial light fixture in a home that exudes country charm.
👍 Ditch the Tablecloth
📏 The Right Size Table
The table is the focus of most dining rooms, and you want to ensure that it’s the right size for the room. Typically, a formal dining space has a bigger table with additional seating, but you want to remove any extensions.
If the table has a six chair setup, place two of the chairs at the end of the table to create a balanced look to the room. This chair configuration makes a dining room seem more formal, but it still lends to a casual atmosphere.
💡 Chandeliers & Lighting
We mentioned that the table is the focal point in the dining room, so it makes sense that the lighting over the table should be impressive. You may want to choose a fixture that adds a bit of sparkle if you’re going for an actual formal dining room meant for entertaining.
💐 Featured Centerpiece
If you’ve chosen a sizable chandelier to go over the table, a centerpiece could add distraction. But in most instances, you want something in the middle of the table that draws the buyer’s eye.
Your centerpiece should be seasonal and match the general theme of the room. Choose a centerpiece adequately scaled in height and length to fit the table. A couple of candles in a centerpiece can add warmth, but make sure to keep them tidy for open houses.
🖼️ Hutches and Side Tables
If you have a mirror over the buffet table, it should be hung on the wall and fit the scale of the table. Using a colorful plant, candle groupings, or neutral themed decor to create a new tabletop.
🍽️ Setting the Table
You’ve seen it often enough in famous home decorating magazines and on television shows – the immaculate table with full place settings. While this makes for a beautiful photograph, it’s not practical.
Most households don’t live their daily lives with the dining room table set for entertaining. That type of staging keeps you dusting when you could be doing something else.
✴️ Add a Rug
Choose an area rug that suits the size and style of the table. Rugs give the space definition and create a distinct dining area.
🚫 No Dining Room
Let’s go ahead and address the home with no official dining room space. If you have a dining corner in the living room or an eat-in kitchen dining space, you can still stage for selling.
You want to create a distinct dining space by adding an area rug under the table and making sure the table is to scale within the room. Be purposeful with decor and keep distractions at a minimum to keep the area from looking smaller.
📋Tips for Staging a Dining Room
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