Kitchens and bedrooms are both very important rooms in a home. It's in these two rooms where our basic needs are satisfied but they are also areas of a home that attract buyers for more than just what is done in these rooms: eating and sleeping. The master bedroom suite and the kitchen can be used for multiple purposes.
If your home has a master bedroom suite, a room large enough to allow space for more than just a bed and a couple of dressers, then it can be decorated to highlight other activities like a reading nook or a meditation setting.
In the kitchen, as I've written about in previous columns, it's not just how functional it is for cooking meals that appeal to buyers. Instead, they also want to see that the kitchen can be a comfy gathering place where the cook can have guests huddle around over a glass of wine while the meal is being fixed.
The common denominator, as you might well be able to see, is that homes must have gathering spaces where family and friends can come together, like in the kitchen-great room extension–a wide open area (formerly a living room but now opening into the kitchen) that unites the rooms and the company in them.
But conversely, homes also need privacy. Spaces that are like sanctuaries and escapes for the people living in them. A place for individuals to take a break, even from the other members living in the home. Thus the master bedroom suite is so much more than just a "bedroom".
It can be a place of refuge. A place to unwind and re-energize for another busy day. In a master bedroom suite, you have the ideal opportunity to create an atmosphere that allows you to see the bedroom as more than just a sleeping area.
Master bedroom suites can be very appealing to buyers if they're nicely decorated. However, sometimes sellers will use the extra space in a master bedroom to store things they love but that aren't appropriate in the minds of most buyers.
What do I mean? I did a walk-thru with a designer who was pointing out the pros and cons of a home that the seller was getting ready to put on the market. There was a big beautiful master bedroom suite. Your eye was drawn to the bright (pink, red, white) colors. Architecturally, the master bathroom flowed seamlessly into the master bedroom suite but then your vision stopped abruptly at the large, protruding drum set. Yes, drum set, in the corner of the master bedroom that overlooked a beautiful valley. Unfortunately, you couldn't really see the valley and its lush trees because of the drum set that blocked the window.
So, you get my point. This was a good example of what not to put in your master bedroom. Yes, the rare drum enthusiast may argue this issue but most would not think that a drum set belongs in the master bedroom suite.
When you're staging your home for sale, you're staging it for the masses, not the rare exceptions.
Here are a few quick pointers. Go with colors you like but try to keep it to no more than three or four. Any more than that and the room can look a bit kaleidoscopic. Keep the colors all flowing and harmonizing unless you have a very compartmentalized master bedroom suite. Then you can separate the areas using different colors like entering a different room but if the areas can be seen from any one standing point, make sure they blend.
Use lighting and mirrors to evoke emotion, depth, dispersion of light, and interesting views. This also creates a greater brightness and a cheery look. Decorative lighting is also good in large rooms.
Remember the key to good decor that appeals to buyers is to keep the room comfy, simple, and not overly crowded. And, even though you're selling the home, you might just find that style of decor is also attractive to you. It's just that the day-to-day living often imposed piles, boxes, and added "stuff" that accumulates and sometimes doesn't find the appropriate "home" until it's time to move.
Making your master bedroom suite seductive will surely create a compelling reason for a buyer to consider making an offer.