One of the basics of home staging is that you want to depersonalize your home, and one thing experts suggest is to take down family photos, including those on your wall. It’s also suggested that other personal touches, like your kids’ artwork, also should be removed during the selling process.
But you can’t leave your walls bare, because that will make your house look abandoned. So, here are some ways to make your walls ready for potential buyers.
Hang Some Art: Art doesn’t have to be expensive; head to a local gallery and buy creations from local artists. Go with landscapes or even some pleasing and colorful abstract works. Selecting things that work with your décor is important, but even more important is buying something that you like.
Decorate with Posters: This won’t work in every room—a poster in a living room or a dining room probably won’t fit, but for dens and playrooms, fun and inspirational posters are a terrific idea. If you have an entertainment room or home theater, framed posters of classic movies are a great touch.
Picture Perfect: The goal is to take down photos of family and friends, but that doesn’t mean you have to ban photography completely. Take some pictures of your favorite places in your neighborhood, such as a nice shot of your area’s downtown. Go on walks in parks or on nature trails and snap away. Consider photos that fit the season—trees with autumn-colored leaves in the fall and snowy landscapes in the winter.
Go Local: Show off your neighborhood to let potential buyers know you love the area you live in. Maps of your state or city are a great idea. This doesn’t mean a map that looks like it came out of a textbook, go with something artsy and creative, there are lots of options.
Mirror Image: Mirrors serve a lot of functions. Place one on a wall near your front door, not only to enhance the look of your foyer, but to serve a practical purpose because it lets people take a last glance at themselves before going out. Strategically placed mirrors can also make spaces in your home look roomier.