Cindy Lin, Founder, Staged4more

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Staging Your House for the Fall

Staging Your House for the Fall

I love Labor Day Weekend. It is a great time to hang out with friends, relax, and enjoying the last hurrah before summer unofficially ends (thanks to Burning Man clearing out the entire city). (Although, if you live in San Francisco, you actually will be looking forward to the two weeks of Indian Summers coming soon!) It also reminds me one of my favorite movies Serial Mom.

Now the weather has cooled, and the leaves are turning vibrant reds, yellows, and oranges, we are approaching the peak season again where everyone is rushing to sell their homes before the holidays. With the holidays almost here, it is important to stage your property to grab the buyers’ attention before the holiday arrives.

I love staging for the fall because I can use the warmer tones like reds and burnt oranges in styling the interiors. Here are my top five tips for staging in the fall.

1. ADD WARMTH

Color has psychological effects on us, and one of them is temperature. When it comes to the weather cooling down, it is great to add visual warmth through colors. You can do so by incorporating colors into your decorative accessories, floral arrangements, throws, accent pillows, artwork, etc. I love the fall season because I can add warmer tones like browns, muted golds, muted reds and burnt orange without worrying the colors will come across too strong. They are perfect for the season.

2. AVOID LITERAL TRANSLATION FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Like this photo above from Williams-Sonoma Home, you can create the mood by using the gold finishes, faux fur throw, deep red and foliages to create the wintery holiday feel without literally putting Christmas ornaments all over the place.

3. SET A WELCOMING MOOD

You can set the stage with a warm welcome by displaying a wreath made with rich fall colors on the front porch. This is a great and welcoming way to set the first impression for potential new buyers as they approach your home to tour during an open house.

4. ADD THE LIFESTYLE ELEMENT

I talk a lot about adding in subtle lifestyle elements into your styling because this will create warmth and ambiance. (But do so lightly, so it does not come across cheesy.) If your home has a fireplace, it is a great way to add some birch logs in the fireplace to help to draw attention to this great focal point. People love the feelings a burning fireplace creates. So remind them that visually.

5. ADD TEXTURES

Texture is one of my favorite interior styling principles. You can create feelings and add depth and layers to your space by adding textures into your accessories. Especially soft goods like throws, accent pillows, etc. Having textures like wool, chenille and deeper shades of reds and oranges can create warmth and coziness for your space.

photo credits: Willams-Sonoma Home

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