Styling your kitchen to sell your house

A lot of my clients tell me that they are missing the decorating gene. I’ve therefore decided to do a series of blog posts that offer some styling inspiration and ideas that you can try when preparing your property to sell.

My first post covers the kitchen and pantry. For specific staging advice and 40 tips to help sell your kitchen click here but if you are looking for some help with the finishing touches keep reading.

The number 1 thing buyers are looking for in a kitchen is counter space so beware of over staging your counter tops. A couple of appliances is all it needs plus small grouping of kitchen related items e.g. oils, fruit or jars of dried pasta.

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A tray always works well as you can put a number of items into it and it pulls everything together without looking like clutter. I personally think the tea towel below (and maybe the artwork above) is moving into ‘over styled’ territory. I have a fear when staging  a house that it will look like it’s been staged rather than look like someone’s beautifully lived in house. Ask yourself “would an owner actually drape a tea towel here?!”

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If you have a kitchen island, you’ve got yourself even more counter space (not than I’m jealous).  A large bowl of fruit or vase of flowers is all that’s really needed. Just a bit of interest to help show off the masses of counter space.

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Don’t forget your kitchen cabinets can be styled too especially if they are glass fronted. Common mistakes are over loaded cabinets, lots of little bitty items in the cabinets, mismatched colours or styles that don’t ‘go’ with the rest of the kitchen (e.g. Aunt Maude’s cut glass in a very modern kitchen) or styling items in the middle of the cabinets so they are cut in half when the doors are closed.

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A pantry in a kitchen is a big selling point. Certainly in Australia new homes have a walk in pantry as standard (sigh). The trick here is to make it look like the most organised person lives in your property. Buyers will think that they can live like this too if they move in (sadly they probably won’t, but we can all dream). It will also communicate a well maintained house. Here are a couple of examples:

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I’ve been to display homes that have just a couple of well placed vases in the walk in pantry. I actually think it’s much nicer and more homely if you can show something a little more realistic, though still super organised.

And there we have it. If you want some more styling inspiration for your kitchen and beyond then follow my “let’s style it” board on pinterest or look at www.houzz.com – a great resource (and general time waster!)

I’m Imogen Brown a home stager based in the western suburbs of Brisbane. If you need home staging and property styling advice to help sell your property quickly, for the best price and with the least stress then give me a call on 0432 994 056 or contact me through my website

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