How to Dress Up Your Windows for an Open House
- By Tori Toth
Do you remember when you were house hunting and how much you noticed a home if it had plenty of natural light or large bay windows? The windows in your home can sometimes leave a lasting impression on prospective buyers. Watch as home staging expert Tori Toth shows some ways to help dress up your windows for an open house.
TORI: One item that often tops a homebuyer’s wish list is having a home with lots of natural light. That’s why it’s so important to have your window treatments open during all showings, but that’s not all you can do.
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TORI: Many times a home lacks that “light and airy feel,” because a seller has overlooked their window treatments.
TORI: This home accessory is not only decorative, but functional — it needs to still provide privacy and, in some cases, hide any unattractive view that may hinder a sale.
TORI: Less is more. A fully dressed window in heavy fabrics may weigh down the room and make it appear darker. Remove outdated curtains and layered non-functional pieces, like swags and valances, and opt for lightweight fabrics.
TORI: Stagers go-to style. Oftentimes a home stager will use only curtain panels in neutral toned fabrics like linen, silk or velvet to add texture. White sheers are another style we use to add privacy, but also allows light in. You can use subtle patterns with two-toned neutral colors or geometric shapes, but stay away from bold patterns and colors.
TORI: Expand your windows. Consider playing with the window’s height and width. In many cases, you can use the placement of the curtain to make a window appear larger than it actually is. To help elongate a window, consider hanging the rod as high as possible. For narrow windows, choose a longer rod that allows the curtain panels to cover the window as well as some of the wall on the exterior of the window, too.
TORI: Step up your cleaning routine. Not only should you wash your windows both inside and out, but wash your current window treatments, too. Remember to check the labels for your window treatments to help determine if you can machine wash the curtain panels or if you have to have them dry cleaned, while blinds and shades should be vacuumed or wiped down with a damp cloth.
TORI: Make sure the window treatments complement the design style of the room and don’t waste your staging budget buying custom treatments that you won’t be able to take with you to your new place. A naked window with a great view can be just as effective at luring homebuyers to make an offer than one dressed up in custom threads.
TORI: Use these home-staging tricks before putting your home on the market to help create a light and bright space buyers may want. Happy selling!