Dining rooms are the epicentre of family affairs, meetings, holiday celebrations and a place where people enjoy the company of each other. Families get closer over a dinner, relax making conversations about the past day and talk about their future endeavours. All this points to the fact that dining rooms help family members strengthen their bond.
It is obvious that the dining rooms are an important part of the home. That is why, when buying a new home, buyers want to see what the dining room is like. After all, for 24% of homebuyers, the dining room is the most important room to stage. It comes in fourth place, after the living room, master bedroom and the kitchen, and it is recommended to never skip showing its potential to potential buyers, according to the article published by NAR.
Staging the dining room asks for a lot of creativity, knowledge of interior design styles and expertise in detail decoration. If you are a real estate agent or an individual selling your own house and need help with how to stage a dining room, use the following fantastic ideas that capture the interest of the potential buyer.
Think in Colour
Colour is one of the most attention-capturing factors in the room. However, how bold should you go when it comes to the wall paint and the furniture pieces? The truth is, you can be as imaginative and exploring as you wish. Just keep in mind that while staging the dining room you should focus on the centrepiece, which is the dining table and the setting in which all colours come to tell a story.
It is best to go with a neutral colour on the walls to complement the rest of the house, however, you can experiment with bursts of colour with wall sconces, art pieces and accent lighting, or photo frames.
On the other hand, you can explore the whole colour spectrum with the dining table, the chairs and the decorative details on it. Candleholders, teapots on a tray or a vase with fresh flowers will steal the attention on the table, while the shape of the chairs will make the table look complete.
Be Honest with the Size
When it comes to size, make sure the staging of the dining room is done in scale. This means that you need to pay attention to the real size of the room and have a dining table and chairs with the appropriate size staged in the space. You can ask from your virtual stager to be extra careful when doing the proportions according to the surroundings in the space because you don’t want to trick the buyer into getting the wrong idea of how big the room is.
For example, if the dining room is joined with the kitchen, make sure that a small table with a fewer number of chairs is added on the photo so that space is appropriately presented.
Choose Adjustable Lightening
The dining room can sometimes be the perfect spot for a romantic dinner. In such a case, the lovely couple would mind the bright lights and opt for a dimmed light that creates a lovely ambience. For that purpose, an adjustable light is needed in the room and what is a better way to show the ambience of the room than having several different virtually staged photos of the dining room in a different light setting. The shape of the fixtures will only complement the choice and create the whole experience.
Function over Looks VS Looks over Function
When it comes to the dining room, both qualities are tightly related. In order for the dining room to be functional, it must have a comfortable table and chairs. And since the dining tables’ primary function is to be a seating arrangement for people dining, the function is presumed a priority where looks don’t have to suffer.
If you want to choose the design so that the staged photo can visually depict the beauty of the dining space, try choosing a style that will define the whole room. For example, you can choose a Scandinavian dining table and chairs to bring in the Nordic magic in the dining room or chose a bold industrial style that makes a statement.
To Sum Up
How to stage a dining room is a question whose answer largely depends on your design and style preferences. Whichever design you choose, you should make sure that every decision that is made presents the room in a realistic way when it comes to size, condition and features.