Admit it, your house has problems. Every house does. Even if you love your home, buyers will find things to criticize.
As a seller, you want that list of problems to be very short. Like, no-deal-breakers short.
Here's where window treatments can be your ally. Draperies, curtains, shades, blinds and shutters are some of a home stager's most dependable problem solvers.
I'm counting ten different ways they can remedy a look or situation that most buyers don't like.
1. Make Windows Look Larger. Buyers love big windows. Big windows admit more light, look modern, make the rooms fell more spacious, and create views.
|The way windows get dressed makes them look big and important, or not. |
These windows look terrific because the draperies don't cover any of
the window opening. They are hung high and wide. Take note.
|When curtains and drapes like these creamy white ones are a color similar |
to the wall color, they help the room read big. The horizontal lines of the
blinds, the rug and the drapery rod also widen the space.
3. Soften Hard Edges. While rooms like kitchen, baths and laundry areas have little in the way of upholstered pieces, that softness of window treatment fabrics will make the room feel friendlier and more approachable
|The fabric of this roman shade softens the look of the kitchen, and does so |
without using much material, a money saver. Notice that the shade is hung almost
completely above the window frame, suggesting a larger opening.
4. Emphasize a Color Scheme. Color choices are important to successful home staging. Any interior decorator will confirm that draperies are one of the most important color elements in a room.
|Curtains like these are perfect solutions to a problem view. A roll-up shade or |
shutters would also work on a porch or balcony that overlooks ugliness.
Choose adjustable blinds when privacy and light control are an issue.
Wide ones like these deliver some upscale style,
but don't shy away from ordinary mini blinds either.
7. Match Two Mismatched Windows. The right treatments can coordinate design elements that lack the symmetry or orderliness that smart home stagers strive for.
The windows in this bedroom resemble the sliding glass door because
they are all dressed with white sheers on black rods. To echo to the motif,
the bed canopy has similar black rods.
Lilac drapes frame this large multi-paned window that could be
the room's focal point and a selling feature. It even appears that the
fabric color matches the flowers blooming outside!
9. Set the Mood of the Room. Lined draperies of luxurious fabrics beneath upholstered cornices say, "I'm formal and fancy," but gingham cafe curtains announce a casual, laid-back tone. When you stage your home, it's best to adhere to a style throughout that expresses the home's architecture and setting.
The valance of shirred natural burlap adds a little color and some
texture, and supports the informality of this dining nook.
10. Make an Ordinary Room Special. Some stylish curtains or drapes could be the wow factor every home needs. If you are staging a vacant property, full window treatments with some personality can carry a room that's sparsely or economically furnished. Imagine what the room that Tobi Fairley designed, shown in the top photo, would be without the standout green and white toile textile.