As you’ve seen, we made some changes to get the townhouse ready for sale. The laundry room was finally finished with curtains and fun turquoise floors. The main floor powder room was freshened up and a few cosmetic concerns were fixed. The living room was decluttered. There’s a few more things to show you, but today let’s talk about the bedrooms! If you remember from the townhouse tour, we actually use the master bedroom as a guest room. It’s large enough for a chair so guests can escape from me under the pretense of catching up on some reading, and the attached powder room is convenient and private. We, in turn, took a smaller bedroom that actually has bigger windows and a superior view of our lovely treed backyard (complete with lilacs). But our king size bed dwarfed the room, so we swapped them back.
Our bedroom looked like this . . .
. . . but now it has the guest bed (a queen) and armoire in it.
A smaller teak side table and the thrifted lamp
(with a simple drum shade from HomeSense) do their best to balance out
my giant armoire. Frankly, I hate it. I never loved the layout of the
guest room and I could never make that maple armoire work. As much as I love the piece, it definitely won’t fit in the lake house, so it is finally going to be sold (I swear).
This room is plainer now, but that’s not a bad thing for selling,
especially because I took some liberties with turquoise floors and
walls elsewhere. It shows that a queen bed, mammoth storage unit and table fit in
here with plenty of room to spare. If this was for us, I’d hang
paintings over the bed again or make a fun headboard but the realtor
says it shows well because it’s bright, spacious and fresh (and not too nutty that it would turn off Plain Janes). Plus, my DIY triptych is still opposite the bed, adding a little colour and interest.
The former guest room looked like this . . .
. . . but now our king size bed tucks in nicely with our side tables. Our bed and tables are huge but look proportionate in here. It’s evident that if someone has a queen, there’s oodles more room. Under the windows we kept the minty chair and table but removed the lamp and clutter for a more stream-lined look. The next owner can see that a dresser would fit easily there too.
We had an open house on the weekend and have two very interested potential folks, but they both need to sort things out with the sale of their homes first, so we’ll see how that unfolds! Everyone think “bidding war!” 😉
My tips for staging a bedroom for sale?
- De-clutter personal items, but leave a little bit of colour
- Make sure bedrooms showcase the space – avoid furniture that is the wrong scale
- Adding lighting if you don’t have it, so every room has overhead and softer accent lighting
- White bedding looks crisp, clean and hotel-like, plus it makes a space seem larger!
- Open windows, wash linens and floors for a fresh, clean feeling and smell
P.S. Here are the photos taken by our realtor’s photographer for the listing – I seriously want a wide-angle camera for blog photos!!
|I’ve removed this armoire since the photographer took these photos – it just looked odd.|