The first room a homebuyer will see inside a property is an entryway, so it must be staged to grab a buyer’s attention and impress them enough to continue touring the home.
Some properties may have a grand entry, while others have limited space to define this particular function of the home. Regardless of your entryway room’s size you want to keep the decor simple to create a warm and welcoming space a buyer will fall in love with.
The Design Should Be Functional
The purpose of an entryway is to corral daily items for departure and arrival — this includes shoes, coats, bags and keys. This space must provide efficient storage, seating and organization to get you and your family out the door quickly.
Functional storage, like bench seating with basket cubbies can contain and hide away personal clutter, while still giving you a place to rest and take off your shoes upon entering the home. Utilize your closet space in this area, by placing hooks on the door to provide extra hidden storage. Here at Chicagoland Home Staging we strategically place console tables in an entryway to provide a beautiful surface space for keys and mail.
Sizing Up Furnishings
It’s important to choose the right furniture pieces to fit the entry’s overall dimensions. Our team starts by determining the room’s focal point. This can be anything from a grand staircase to artwork positioned just so — depending the room’s architectural features.
We often choose furniture pieces that will make a statement and mimic the design style of the home. A console table and mirror can anchor the area, while an accent chair allows someone to linger in comfort.
Don’t Forget to Illuminate the Entry
Lighting in this room helps set the tone. Try using multiple light fixtures to provide task, accent and general illumination throughout the space. Most entries already have an overhead light source, so consider adding wall sconces and a floor or table lamps to define the space. Strategically placing a mirror across from a window can bring in additional natural light to a dark space.
Define the Room with a Rug
Often times these high traffic areas will have low-maintenance flooring like ceramic tile, laminate or even vinyl and while these are all great options you may need to soften the space up with a rug.
If you plan on using a rug in this space don’t use a small one. Rather take note of your entire entry area and use one big enough to define the space. This accessory item can also help bring in color, pattern, texture and character into this space playing up the warm, welcoming feel.
Insert Organic Materials for a Welcoming Feel
Since this is the first room a buyer walks into after being outside, you’ll want to use a flower, plant or tree in this room as a transitional piece that makes a buyer feel more comfortable as they enter the home. Some plants can even provide a natural way of removing toxic agents from the air, neutralizing the space.
Craft a Story Introducing Buyers to the Property
Set the scene of this space by telling a story of the property or the neighborhood of where the house is located. Engage guests by creating an eye-catching display of arranged accessories to create a sense of calm.
Whether it’s your passion for the city, traveling or a local artist a few key accessories arranged properly not only in this room, but around the house — will heighten a buyer’s interest and have them feeling more connected to the space to make an offer.
Our team of experts and designers are passionate about inspiring you with the possibilities your space could have, while ultimately helping your home sell faster. To learn more about how we transform rooms with staging to help your home sell faster, contact Chicagoland Home Staging for an instant home quote in DuPage County!