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How to Stage Rooms 101: Kitchen

Chris Holm

Whether buying or selling, hundreds of clients in the Armstrong and North Okanagan area have relied on Chris Holm since 2007...

Whether buying or selling, hundreds of clients in the Armstrong and North Okanagan area have relied on Chris Holm since 2007...

Feb 9 4 minutes read

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about the very heavily trafficked space in your home, and one that many buyers will anxiously await when viewing homes. Today in part three of our How to Stage Rooms 101 series, we dive into your kitchen.

As humans, we spend copious amounts of time in our kitchen, from prepping and cooking meals or entertaining family and friends (when appropriate to do so). This section of the home is where many buyers will judge the house in its entirety. Crazy, we agree, but wouldn't you do the same?

Here are our top tips for staging your living room:

Decluttering Cupboards & Countertops

First things first, declutter. We tend to over store in our kitchens from spices and mixes to countertop appliances, which is excellent but organizing these items will significantly improve your kitchen's functionality.

Tip one: Don't shove countertop items into your cupboards. A substantial amount of buyers will open up cabinets and analysis the amount of space it holds. One great way to clean up cupboards is by adding organization trays (Click here for some tremendous clear trays from Bed Bath & Beyond) 

Tip two: Don't overcrowd your countertops. Over-crowed countertops give a "not enough space" sense to the kitchen. Strategically place any unused appliances into a cupboard (specific for appliances and kitchen gadgets, but keep tip one in mind).

Tip three: Don't over personalize your kitchen. Many home buyers envision themselves in your space, which means, if there are too many personalized items in the home, it is difficult for buyers to see themselves in the home.

Deep Clean Appliances

No one likes the look or to be within a dirty kitchen, but we aren't talking about washing the dishes or clearing up the countertops. We are talking about the nitty-gritty work, deep cleaning your appliances. One thing we tend to neglect is our stovetops (especially gas stovetops) and hood ranges. Deep cleaning your fridge is also great to take advantage of, for not only will your fridge sparkle, but you can FINALLY chuck out expired goods and make room for more great products!

Accenting with Colours

A great way to personalize the space without going overboard is by adding an accent colour. Most kitchens are often neutral or very white. Add some colour and texture by accenting your kitchen with towels, pot holders, accessories or an artful display of cookware on the stove (here is a highly talked about 8-in-1 pan that would be a fantastic stove accent).

Add a Bowl of Fresh Fruit

Another great way to add colour to your space is with a fresh fruit bowl (emphasis on fresh). There's something very aesthetic about a big bowl of fresh lemons in a kitchen. Having a bowl of fresh fruit provides a put-together touch for those viewing your home.

Update Hardware & Light Fixtures

A great way to freshen up your kitchen on a budget is by replacing the hardware on cabinetry and updating light fixtures. These simple updates provide the feeling of a new space without breaking the bank. Black, Satin or Brushed Gold pulls have been making a statement in kitchen trends this past year, a great timeless option that won't go out of style.

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