We touched on this subject in the last issue of ‘HOME’ in our article ‘Tips to help you sell for the best price’. We had such a good response that we decided to expand on it further and throw a few more pointers for anyone who is prepared to make the effort to get the best price, in a short time frame.
Unlike kitchens and bathrooms, the beauty of these tips are that you can take most things with you to your new home!
Go large with lamps
Use bold, dramatic bedside lamps to create impact
and add a sense of luxury in your room. Choose
simple, classic designs and make sure they are
always turned on when buyers are inspecting your
home no matter what time of day it is. This not only
adds warmth and a sense of space but also creates
a nice atmosphere.
Drape luxurious throws
Same image for this one (above). Layer a throw over
the bed, and make sure it’s not too small (this can
look cheap instead of luxurious). Neutral colours in
the master bedroom, as shown here, create a restful
feeling, especially if the room is small, or it’s ‘all about
Create a reading nook
If size permits, add an armchair and a small side table
to create a reading nook. You can also add lamps,
scatter cushions and a foot stool – your buyers will
love this extra living space and it gives the room a
further feeling of being restful. When you don’t have
viewers it also serves as a good clothes horse - but
don’t forget to tidy it up when the viewers start to
Position your bed correctly
Choose the best position for the bed in your room. This can have a dramatic impact on your buyers’ perception of the size of the room (and they all want rooms that are as spacious as possible). Also consider access to wardrobes and windows. Avoid having a bed beneath the window and make sure you can access both sides of the bed so not pushed up against a wall. If you like a super-king or emperor size bed and it makes the room look small, consider putting it into storage when the house is on the market and by a cheap base and mattress to get you through (this also helps with our next suggestion. Experiment with a few options until you find what works best and if you have little or no option then if you are going to do it then do it like the next image!
Use oversized linen
This is a great professional stylists trick! Use linen
that is one size larger than your bed (for example,
on a Queen-sized bed use King-sized linen) to make
your bed look sumptuous, luxurious and expensive.
So as we said in the last suggestion, if you downsize
your bed, you already have the oversized linen.
Buy new bed linen & headboards
Sorry to repeat this one but just in case you didn’t
read it last month, here it is again. This might seem
extravagant but the good part is they are something
that you can take with you to your new home. Get
rid of patterned duvet covers and replace them with
some neutral coloured alternatives and buy some
extra cushions. A tall headboard gives a bedroom the
boutique hotel look and together they are a relatively
cheap way to give a bedroom the wow factor.
Choose calm, restful colours
Create a sophisticated palette for the master bedroom
by using neutrals – such as white, taupe, silver, gold,
charcoal – and steering away from bright prints and
patterns. These colours have universal appeal and
are gender-neutral, so will appeal to both male and
Studies have shown that a softer colour palette has
a measurable calming effect on the body and people
will stay in these rooms longer to relax and enjoy the
calm – which is exactly what you want your buyers to
do! If you can introduce some natural materials like
wood to the floor or even the headboard then that is
This article is brought to you by Simon Dee of Dee
Atkinson & Harrison. A property professional with
over 30 years experience selling houses.