The Jewel Room

The Jewel Room

 Staging Ideas for the Kitchen to Make Buyers Bite

If you’re selling your house, staging—the mysterious practice before its debut—can make a huge difference in catching the attention of buyers and ultimately reeling in an offer. The room you would want to focus on the most is the kitchen.  

Clear off counters

Put it all away. We’re looking at you, coffee maker, blender, knife block, standing mixer, and toaster oven. Don’t forget the top of the refrigerator. Home staging in this room is all about making the kitchen look bigger, cleaner, and more streamlined. Homeowners are so accustomed to their own clutter that it almost becomes invisible to them.  While you’re in purge mode, remove all paper and those souvenir magnets from the refrigerator and cabinets. The only thing you should keep on the counter is a pop of color, such as a pretty bowl of bright green apples or lemons. 

Scour for hours

Well, no one’s actually logging the time spent, but cleanliness is critical here.  Not only must you clean the countertops, but the grout, faucet, and grimy drain rim, too.  Clean cabinet fronts to remove dust and grime, and scrub greasy spatters on the stove and backsplash.  If you have a stovetop with burns or food rings, remove them with a soft soap product and a razor blade for an almost like new look. 

Light it right

Let as much natural light into the space as you can, by either opening heavy drapes or replacing them with sheer panels. Have a kitchen that looks out to a patio or deck through glass doors? These must sparkle in order to illuminate the space. Under-cabinet lights are great as well.  You can purchase battery-powered puck-shaped lights for very little money and stick them under the cabinets. 

 Minimal window treatments (like just a valance along the top) when showcasing a kitchen as natural light makes the space feel bigger. A patterned valance invites the buyer to see the window and adds color. 

Organize the insides

Potential buyers are going to open the fridge and pantry, so don’t neglect these spots when you’re staging the kitchen. People who are looking for a new home will imagine how their pots, pans, and food items might fit into your cabinets. 

Sometimes stacking cookbooks and display clear storage containers because these elements speak to the kitchen’s function. Clear containers take up less space visually. 

Set the scene

Setting the table with colorful plates and napkins may give the kitchen a homey feel.

I may present a picture of daily life by having a unique planter on the countertop with blooming flowers alongside a carafe of orange juice for color and a rolled-up newspaper.   Simply place runner down the middle of the table for a bit of coverage and texture.


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