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Styling a House for Sale with Pillows

One of the secrets of many luminaries in the interior design industry in styling a house for sale is the way they use accent chairs and pillows. If you look at it, you will agree with me in saying that this is a cost-effective way to enhance the visual appeal of a vapid and bland looking family room.

The rule of thumb that these experienced experts follow is to make use of solid colored pillows when you have a patterned sofa. If you happen to have instead a solid colored sofa, you need to make use of colorful or pattern-printed pillows. Following this rule will help in making sure that your sofa chair is going to become a standout accent piece in your living room and create a homie vibe in that part of the house.

Implement a Pillow Color Scheme When Staging a Home

As much as possible, you must see to it that the color scheme of the pillows you will use as accent pieces are fairly neutral. The use of bold colors is okay and will still give an inviting look to your potential buyers, but see to it that you are not going to put in too many bright colors. They can be over-empowering, which is something you need to avoid. If you will crowd your sofa chair with too many pillows, it will run the risk of turning off your potential home buyer.

If you have a pattern designed rug and your sofa is of neutral solid color, you need to make use of pillows that are matching or complimenting the rug’s predominant colors.

For instance, the melding of gray and cream-colored pillows will help create a soothing, calming effect on a beautiful pink-peach colored couch. If your couch comes with floral designs on it, the use of solid-colored pillows will certainly help in making the difference you are looking for and make your living room to look at its best.

You must keep in mind that your goal here is to engage a potential buyer and make him fall in love with your home, not later, but at the very moment, they will step into your home. Therefore, exert all possible effort you can come up with towards making sure that your living room is indeed a relaxing and inviting space. Make it visually appealing to every potential buyer. 

What we’d discourage you from doing when styling and renovating a house for sale and you happen to have a “busy” (cluttered) couch is to veer away from putting in pillows with so many patterns on them. Otherwise, you will just run the risk of making it look messed out. It may be appealing for you and your senses, but your potential buyer may not feel the same. 

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Since you are trying to woo other people into buying your home, see to it that you appeal to their senses instead, abandon your taste behind for now. Let it sit in the bunker. There is no way you can know if your potential home buyer has a discriminating taste for style and design or not. So, you need to be on the safer side of the boat here.

Valuable Tips to Follow When Styling a House for Sale Using Pillows

  • Your choice of accent pillows should complement the colors you have on your rug as well as your sofa and walls. 
  • Veer away from making your sofa look “busy” (messy or cluttered in a sense), incorporating solid color throw pillows will help in downplaying a busy pattern.
  • Add some variety to the texture of your throw pillows, you can try mixing crocheted, frilled, or tasseled types.  
  • To achieve a more luxurious look, make use of down-filled throw pillows because they are not very stiff compared to some other types that are polyester filled. 
  • By experience, an odd number of throw pillows tend to give a better visual impact. I encourage you to put one pillow on one side of the couch and place another to the other end.
  • If you want to have an accent chair, try adding one or two pillows to give it a more dramatic look. If the pillow you are going to use is not down-filled, it will look a lot stiffer when used in an accent chair instead. 

Adding throw pillows should be fun when staging your home. Integrating them into your design should start first by picking the right color to use. This should be your first and top priority before anything else. If possible make use of down-filled pillows instead.