Fall is my favorite time of year for staging because I can use more of the deep rich colors I love. Deep purples, burnished oranges, elegant burgundy’s, rich teals and blues make beautiful accents for beiges and grays to create an elegant warm fall look that mirror the colors of the turning leaves. The key to helping a buyer fall in love with your home is to create an emotional connection the minute they walk in the door, then continue building on that connection as they tour each room of the home. I love to include cuddly fur throws, where buyers can see themselves lounging with a book enjoying a chilly fall evening with a cup of tea or cider. Crisp sunny fall days fade quickly into dark cold evenings, making lighting even more important than ever. We use more uplights and make sure to keep all lamps on to create a welcoming ambiance. It’s also important to set your heat to at least 65. Buyers won’t want to stay long in a home where they can see their breath!
Outdoor staging in the fall offers lot’s of color choices as well. With the cooler damper weather, bright yellow, orange and burgundy mums are fabulous to add warmth and color to flower beds and pots. Coleus and bright cabbage can also be added to pots placed on back decks to add color. We don’t suggest staging patios and decks in the fall unless there’s a view or the area is well covered. For living, most of us store our outdoor furniture or keep it well covered to protect it from the weather. For staging, it’s very similar. With our blustery rainy days, outdoor furniture gets grimy pretty quickly, and when selling, clean is critical. Colorful fall foliage makes a much better statement than dirt smudged outdoor furniture. Make sure to check pots often and remove any dead or decaying leaves to create a fresh and welcoming appeal.