Master bedrooms make the world go around.
Sure, the kitchen and bathrooms get all the love and attention, but where does the magic happen?
You guessed it—the master bedroom.
(And by magic, we mean sleep)
Unfortunately, the master bedroom is also the catch-all of the house.
When guests are coming over, where do you put all the unsorted mail? In the master bedroom. What about all of the unfolded laundry? The library books? And odds and ends you really don’t have time to sort right now? Yep—all in the master bedroom.
So how do you rope in all of that clutter and spruce up the master bedroom for a quick sale?
The answer: you stage it.
Staging is not entirely lying; it’s more like painting the Mona Lisa. You take away that mole, add some length to the eyelashes, and voila! It’s a masterpiece that people are willing to pay a lot of money for.
For those of you who want to make a Mona Lisa out of your Plain Jane bedroom, here are our best tips on how to stage a master bedroom for a quick sale.
Be honest--you knew this was coming. Yes, it is time to sort the mail, fold the laundry, and toss most of those odds and ends into the trash. Clear off the bedside tables completely, and remove personal pictures, letters, and your favorite teddy. You even want to pick up last night’s pajamas, throw them in the hamper, and eradicate the hamper from the room. No one wants to see your dirty underwear.
Take everything out except for your bed, end tables, lamps, and dresser. You may leave a couple of chairs if the room is large enough that you need to break up space but remove everything else.
Beyond the master bedroom, declutter the master bathroom and closet, too! Remove loose bobby pins, hang up your belts, and throw away the tags from your last shopping spree. Organize your shoes, and make sure the hangers are all uniform.
If your closet is pretty packed, remove half of the items (you read that right, half) and pack them up. Prospective buyers want to see plenty of storage space when they are buying a house, and a crowded closet tells them this isn’t it.
You may have thought that bold red was a superb choice for the bedroom, but not everyone feels that way. Paint the room a relaxing color, like soft grays or greens. Blue master suites have especially been proven to sell a home better. You want the room to feel cozy, inviting, and like they can escape from the outside world within its walls. It may seem like a lot of effort to go from your vibrant yellow to stately cobalt, but trust the experts on this one.
This is where the fun begins. You want to make the bed the focal point of the room. If you don’t have a bed frame, get one. You want to get the bed off the floor to add appeal to the room. Cover the box spring with a bed skirt, and cover the bed with white linens and comforter. Use accent pillows and a blanket with a splash of color to draw the eyes to the bed. Not sure what accent color to use? Use the same color as the wall.
You really want the bed to shine in this room, so use a headboard, if you have one. If you don’t, you can hang a piece of art behind the bed as a faux headboard using command strips. Prop the pillows up against it to add dimension.
At this point, you should only have a couple of end tables with lamps on them, a dresser, and maybe a couple of chairs. Now’s the time to add a few more things to the room. Add a floor length mirror if you haven’t gotten one yet, and place it against one wall. This will help add the illusion of space and help reflect the natural light. Add a few pieces to the side tables and dresser, taking care not to overcrowd the space. Try to add a few natural elements as well, such as a plant or bouquet of flowers. You want the area to feel inviting and homey without suffocating the buyer.
Add some height to the room with some drapes. If the windows have blinds over them already, add some sheer curtains and hang them several inches above the window to add length. Allow as much natural light to flow into the space as you can.
Staging a master bedroom may seem overwhelming, but try to remember that less is more. Remember to declutter and remove everything from the room except for the essential furniture, and even consider staging with a smaller bed if yours takes up too much of the room.
Paint the room in a peaceful, neutral color, and use that color as an accent on the bed. Add a mirror for dimension, and don’t forget the closet! Take out half of the items in your closet to give the illusion of space and make sure all of your hangers match!
You don’t have to be an expert to stage your house, but it doesn’t hurt to get an expert’s opinion. Ask your real estate agent if they have any tips for the master bedroom to get it sold quickly. If you have an experienced agent, they should have sold enough houses to know what works best.