How to style your home for sale

Published on May 02, 2019 | by Cameron McKillop

How to style your home for sale

You’ve decided to sell your place – and now you’re ready to throw yourself into fix-up mode to get it ready for market.

Here are seven home-staging tricks you can use to get your house looking sharp – although they might make it look so good you no longer want to.

1. Real plants in every room

Plants require care and attention, if there are alive and healthy plants in every room it gives a signal that the house too is lived in and cared for.

Flowers are lovely, she says, but they die faster than plants, “you’ll go broke buying fresh bunches every week.”

2. Furniture placement

Generally, we want to make a room feel larger instead of smaller, and furniture placement is a key element that affects this.

People normally scan a room from left to right. If you place the tallest piece of furniture in the far left corner of a room, the room will appear larger.


Walk around the house and pause where people are likely to stop. At these points look at what they would be focussing on, and if it’s not pleasing to the eye, move it or change it up.

For example, the front door is the first place you’d want to do this. Ask yourself what will they see when they enter and how will this affect how they view the rest of the house?

4. Stash the TV

Television screens are getting bigger and bigger and can look like a big black hole in your living room. They also occupy valuable wall space and often make rooms appear smaller. Try finding a clever way to incorporate it into your decor, maybe it can be hidden behind a screen.

5. Beds

Don’t make your bed like a hotel, but do make it a little bit nicer than you would on a normal day.

Try sure you have a few euro pillows, normal pillows, extra cushions and at least one throw.

Beds are a good way to pick up colour in a room, so try to match with colours in a piece of art.

6. Cohesion

The overall feeling should be one of balance and consistency.

Start with the entry, as this is where people first enter, and make sure the theme is carried all the way through. It may be the case of needing to add more colour (you can do this through throws, cushions and art) or taking away from a room that’s “completely out there.”

7. Paint the fence dark

This is a fail-safe way to improve your backyard.

The dark colour acts as a spotlight for the garden planted in front of it. A dark fence essentially turns invisible, it’s less obvious so all the attention is focussed on the lovely, lush green plants. They will really pop.


Cameron McKillop


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