Staging for the Fall Season

The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting cooler; it's time to think about staging for fall. As temperatures continue to cool, you will want to give potential buyers a feeling of warmth when they walk into a home. We started incorporating some burnt oranges and yellows into a house we were recently staging in Reading, MA (see below). It's officially that time of year! When we think of fall, we think of cozy colors. Trending colors for décor items when staging a home in the fall season include chocolate brown, golden yellow, red lipstick, burnt orange and shiny coppers and bronzes. Popular warm neutral colors for walls include warm grey, caramel and cream.Here are some tips for staging for fall:

  • staging for fallFill vases with fall foliage like colorful leaves and berries like bittersweet, and display candles and seasonal fruit like apples and pears.
  • Accentuate chairs and sofas with pillows and throws using heavier fabrics like tweeds and knits. If there is a fireplace in the home, play it up.
  • Arrange furniture so the fireplace becomes the focal point of the room and stack the fireplace with wood so it appears ready to go! Potential buyers will imagine snuggling on the couch by the fire on a blustery fall day.
  • Be sure to bring the light in. Open up the blinds and curtains but keep in mind the days are getting shorter so be sure to place lamps throughout the home for illumination.
  • Silky fabrics and luxurious details are a welcoming addition to bedding this time of year.
  • Back to school is a busy time, but in order to keep your house looking clean and organized, be sure to keep backpacks and shoes neatly tucked away and entryways clear of clutter.
  • When staging a home, avoid excessive holiday décor such as Halloween decorations and stick with natural décor items like gourds and small pumpkins so as not to distract potential buyers from the beauty of your home.
Don't forget your curb appeal when staging for the fall season! As summer flowers begin to fade, remove dead plants from your garden and replace with seasonal mums. Keep leaves raked and add pretty potted mums and pumpkins to your front porch. Keep up with general maintenance and power wash the exterior or clean gutters as necessary.Fall Décor Trends for 2014 include accessories that incorporate wood, stone and other natural elements and warm brass for vases and lamps. Using neutral colors but incorporating texture is big this year as well as neutral rooms with vintage, Americana style accessories. To make a bold statement place unexpected décor items in groups of 3 or 5 and add splashes of bold colors against grey or monotone backgrounds. Bold, graphic patterns are still holding strong for fall.To learn more about selecting the right paint for your home see Buyers Desire's Home Staging Color Testing Guide.Click to DownloadContact Buyers Desire Home Staging for a complimentary consultation at 781-489-8489 or at