Last week in a post on this home staging blog I asked you to share your ideas about how to stage the basement family room in the photo you see here.
If you have an eye for décor, you can easily tell that this space is much too distracting and crowded for a potential buyer to imagine their family relaxing in there. There are a lot of changes to be made here so in a case like this, I suggest the clients start packing things now for the move. It will help clear the clutter and it will save them a lot of work later on.
The following are my recommendations for this space. You’ll notice I mostly work with what is already there since that’s the least costly approach for the client and one that they’re most likely to implement.
The wall color is a bit too dark for a basement and while it probably wasn’t the best choice on the owners’ part I would try to make it work for showings. Just make sure the agent is instructed to leave the lights on in the basement when the house is shown and do your best to lighten up the space by using light colored slip covers.
Clear the clutter
Remove those printed blankets that clash with everything else in the room and add to the clutter. By the way, having so many blankets around suggests the basement is too cold which will be a negative in a potential buyer’s mind.
Take out all of the plastic children’s items and to depersonalize the space, take down all family photos. Ask the client to keep the door to the laundry room closed and make sure the throw pillows are arranged properly.
Change and rearrange furniture
Take out the love seat that currently blocks the entrance to the room as you come down the stairs. Remove the small chair with the teddy bear on it and the table next to it (top left in photo), replacing them both with the brown chair from the right corner.
Slip cover that brown chair so it fits in better with the style of the couch or add a decorative pillow that picks up one of the colors from the couch. Add a floor lamp behind it and turn this into a cozy reading corner.
If there’s any plan to upgrade to a flat screen TV for the clients’ new home, have them consider doing that now, replacing the existing bulky television. If this were a living room I’d get rid of the TV all together but a family room would feel strange without one!
Take out the stand to the left of the TV and use it in the corner where the brown chair is now, but get rid of the clutter on top of it first.
One of the comments on my original post was from Lisa who recommended hanging some interesting visual art in the form of some vintage movie posters, really playing up the home theater aspect of this room – an idea I love for this basement given the wall color!
Take the white shaded lamp from the corner where the brown chair is and use it to replace the “rooster lamp” beside the couch.
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Stagers, what additional recommendations would you have for the basement family room in the photo above? Are you surprised I didn’t recommend changing the paint color?
Debra Gould, The Staging Diva®
President, Six Elements Inc. Home Staging
Debra Gould knows how to make money as a home stager. She developed the Staging Diva Home Staging Business Training Program to teach others how to earn a living doing something they love and she continues to develop ebooks and other home staging resources to help stagers on their path to success.