Many of the homes in outlying areas that we serve around Chicago– like Naperville, Glen Ellyn, and Wheaton welcomes families to place roots in their communities, so it’s important to highlight places inside a property to spend time with loved ones and entertaining guests. By staging a family room, we can show potential buyers where they can read stories to their children, store toys and cuddle up on the couch for movie night.
Besides the kitchen, homeowners spend most of their time in a family room. This room is usually more casual than the formal living room and is located at the back of the property often near the kitchen, deck or patio. Family rooms are more traditionally reserved for the family itself to use on a daily basis, so this room usually houses a big screen TV, recliners, and plush, comfortable sofas. This is why, if your potential buyer is a family, you should tailor the family room to suit their needs.
When family-oriented home buyers tour a property they look for lots of space with a multi-functional layout that can be a place for kids to play, while giving adults solitude to retreat or entertain. Chicagoland Home Staging knows the importance of creating a space for each family member to feel as if “this is home” by creating a cohesive, functional staging arrangement that enhances the square footage of the room. Here are some specific tips to help you stage this key area of your home:
Zoning the Family Room
Family rooms are usually one large open space, so it’s important to zone the room into varying functions that suit the lifestyle of the buyers, which helps begin to set the scene to emerge a traffic flow. The image above has a separate seating area in this family room–the bar height dining table allows buyers to grab a snack, play a board game or cards behind the main seating area in the room. While the image below shows off where the family can relax on the couch together to watch TV or curl up in that comfy yellow chair next to the fire to read a book.
While this is a family home, we don’t potential buyers to get distracted by your own family’s belongings, especially lots of photographs. Many times, we see family room walls displaying a child’s progression through the school years or lots of family portraits and other knick-knacks that could deflect buyers from the positive features in the home. At Chicagoland Home Staging we explain to our clients that these precious memories need to get ready for moving day and should be packed away while the home is listed. Make sure to clear the room of any items that say “you don’t live here” to buyers.
Many family rooms will have a fireplace, what does your mantle currently look like? This is the main focal point of the room, so clear off your mantle’s knick-knacks and add a few key accessories to highlight the area or opt for a clean slate like we did in this image above. Besides adding a faux plant near the base of the fireplace, we left the mantle bare to show it’s clean lines and textures.
Freshen Up with Color
Choose warm, neutral paint tones for the family room. Neutral doesn’t mean boring though, you can add visual interest by creating a color scheme with these softer shades of green, yellow and brown. Color coordinate accent items to create a cohesive appearance spread out throughout the room. Notice the yellow pillow is adjacent to the yellow accent chair. While the green vases are highlighted on varying surfaces around the space.
This room gets lived in quickly, so if you’re selling your Naperville home you may consider renting furniture from our company. Cheap tables with wobbly legs, dirty, old couches and Dad’s broken recliner will not provide that “welcoming feel” buyer’s desire. We can create a custom look that will fit your home’s design style while showing off the size of the family room. This is the perfect furniture arrangement for both competing focal points–the fireplace and the TV. Our Chicagoland home stagers arranged the seating to face both, while still drawing the most attention towards the fireplace.
Need help staging your Naperville family room? Contact us today! We’d be more than happy to assist you with your home staging needs.