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Tips for Styling Your Great Room

Thursday, January 17, 2019

The moment you walk through the front door can say everything you need to know about a home. Did you know that it only takes 30 seconds for buyers to decide whether or not they want to buy a home? 30 SECONDS! Not only do I agree with this wholeheartedly, because I've seen it with my own eyes, the way your home looks when your buyers first walk in sets the tone for the entire home. Being in real estate for 16 years, I know the moment my clients want to buy a home, simply by watching the look on their face. This makes the Great room one of the most important, if not THE most important area of the home, so taking the time to design the perfect space is crucial. Here are my top tips for styling your Great room.

What Makes this Room Unique?

I always say that you never have a second chance to make a first impression and nothing rings truer than that when a potential buyer first walks into the Great room. One of the main components of a warm and inviting Great room is character. Buyers want dimension when they walk into the space and they want more than just an empty canvas to look at when they're trying to envision themselves there. The Great room is unique, because it needs to be able to capture the buyer within seconds. Simply needs to impress.

Adding Character to the Space

The look and feel of the Great room needs to satisfy all senses. Texture and color reign supreme when it comes to satisfying a potential buyer's senses, but it's important to tread lightly and not go overboard. You'll need to aspire to the broadest range of buyers, so keeping your neutral color on the walls is preferred. Add in your pop of color to the accessories that complement the room. A popular approach is taking the color from the front door and blending that color into the interior of the home. A good rule of thumb is to never have more than three colors in a room.

Blue appeals to most buyers. I believe that this comes from the love of the ocean. Anywhere from a light turquoise to navy and all variations in between, having blue accents helps to add that wow factor to the space. Incorporating natural elements into the room also helps to create a relaxing feel. Try adding in natural items, such as:

  • Coral

  • Shells

  • Pine cones

If you're wanting to blend your furniture more seamlessly into the room, but new furniture isn't in your budget, my go-to is a white throw. Simply add this comfy element into the space and watch your buyers envision themselves wrapped up on the sofa, relaxing with a glass of wine.

Other Helpful Tips

Your home needs to be styled to sell. Think about how much money we spend on hotel rooms. Do you know why we spend so much? It's because we love the crispness and clean feel of these rooms, and that's what buyers want to incorporate into their homes. One of my most important tips is not to remove everything in the home. Leaving something personal in a subtle way can help buyers envision themselves living in the home. It can also help with your negotiations if buyers can see exactly who it is that they will be working with on the transaction. Make your buyers fall in love with you and your home!

Finally, remember how I mentioned character? How can you add character to this space? Make this space look more than just a box with sheet rock. Add in dimension with faux fixtures and floating shelves to add that warm, inviting feel to this important room. Money for character needs to be well-spent, but it perfectly sets the tone for the entire home and can make the difference between a potential buyer wanting your home or deciding that it's not right for them.

You hold the key to your home's future and it all starts from the moment your buyers step into the Great room. Wow your buyers and show them just how amazing this home is, and help them envision themselves there.

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