Your property should tell a story, especially when you are styling to sell. By all means, offer up some surprises along the way, but don’t introduce any elements that makes your buyer want to shut the book.
Pink now represents compassion, nurturing and love, and is, thankfully, losing its gender overtones of the 50s. That’s why we’re seeing it in every room of the house and designers are embracing its shades for campaigns and feminism to depict strength.
The Swedish word for coziness is “Hygge”, and while I suspect few of us are thinking about home decor right now in Australia – during winter and lockdown for many of us – there’s no doubt that as the days shorten and the temperature drops, comfort becomes a major concern.
When I first started property styling, we used to lay a full dinner service to show off the dining area, but in recent years lifestyles have changed and the formal dining room has been sacrificed to more functional areas such as home offices or rumpus rooms.
If your home is what estate agents describe as “classic” – like traditional red brick homes, Californian Bungalows, or Fibro cottages – it may be worth investing in a few simple renovations prior to selling it.
If you can afford a makeover for your home or investment property prior to selling it, you will have the pick of modern finishes to ensure it stands out from the rest of the market. But what if you don’t have the budget to professionally style or update your property? What if that additional investment seems too risky in a volatile real estate market?
While white and natural sofas are a stylist’s best friend, the colour is obviously not for everyone – ahem, young families and pet-lovers – and fortunately, many of the linen-look fabrics we are seeing in our stores right now are made from a blend of fibres that make them more durable and stain-resistant. Some sofas even come with slip-on covers for ease of cleaning.
A sense of accountability was bound to appear in our homes at some point. And the evidence of the rise in fears associated with the future of our planet is being seen in the increasing use of sustainable materials.