I was interviewed earlier this month by the Calgary Real Estate Board magazine, CREBNow, for a story on selling your home during the winter months. Check it out to see my best tips for winter staging — and selling. Attached is a photo of the home I was staging at the time of the interview. Note the many textures and colours of the (many) pillows, the use of texture and natural materials.
In case you have trouble seeing the print on this, let me summarize the tips I provide:
Staging starts outside — make sure walks are cleared and people feel like they’re approaching a warm and welcoming haven from the cold. Add a wreath, some winter greenery at the door, and make sure you’ve got rid of any dead vegetation; replace it with winter greens or willows.
Take extra care to make your foyer welcoming. Turn on all lights, inside and out, and open all your blinds/curtains to avoid that bleak, depressing winter light.
If you have a fireplace, light it (assuming all safety precautions, of course).
Add layers of texture — thick throws and area rugs, cozy cushions. Even a white-on-white palette can be winter warm, if you have a lot of texture. When introducing colour, go for the warm tones.
Here’s the link to the story: