Living & Dining Room
Living & Dining Room
Research has shown that staged homes sell in less time and for a higher price than non-staged homes. The following are examples of homes staged by Amazing Spaces to support that research…
Minneapolis: Sold in just one day for $12,200 higher than asking price!
Actual days on market: 13
Maple Grove, MN: Sold in two weeks!
Actual days on market = 37
Mound, MN: Sold in one month, FSBO!
Actual days on market: 113
Champlin, MN: Sold in one week!
Actual days on market: 29
This small living room and kitchen floor plan is typical of many Minneapolis area homes. We start with a fresh coat of paint in a soft linen color for the walls and a crisp white to highlight the trim. Outdated furniture is replaced with modern but comfortable chairs much more suited to the space and to the younger audience likely to be looking at this home. Taking out the area rug reveals the beautiful hardwood floors and also helps to open up the space. Heavy, dark curtains are replaced with a sheer window scarf that frames the large window and allows more natural light to flow into the room. A large silk plant and pair of lanterns are placed on the upper ledge to draw more attention to that architectural feature. One bar stool was removed, and place settings for two are added to make the counter area an inviting dining spot. Removing the items from the refrigerator gives the kitchen a clean, uncluttered look. The result: an open, inviting living room and kitchen that is staged to sell!
Adjacent to the great room in the previous post is this open concept kitchen and dining area. The same cream colored paint over the wood paneling makes this side of the room feel updated and spacious and shows off the gorgeous vaulted and beamed ceilings. Additional updates included new granite counter tops and light fixtures. Counter tops have been cleared of clutter to give a cleaner, more spacious appearance. The wood cabinets were cleaned and polished, and the back plates were removed to give the cabinet hardware a fresh look. Moving the table perpendicular to the wall opens up the traffic flow and adds to the feeling of spaciousness. Silk greenery above the island cabinet helps to highlight that unique feature and draw the eye upward to the gorgeous vaulted and beamed wood ceiling.
Granite countertops, stainless appliances, tile backsplash and an abundance of cabinets are all key selling features of this kitchen, but they were hard to notice due to too much distracting décor. Reducing the countertop clutter and replacing all but a few of the décor items on top of the cabinets with silk greenery helps the kitchen’s best attributes to stand out. Two barstools were also removed to open up the space around the island and allow foot traffic to flow through.
This kitchen nook was transformed into a cozy seating area with a warm paint color, a new light fixture, window valance, furnishings and artwork. After the baseboard trim was finished off, a portable dishwasher was moved to allow space for seating. Accessories were place on the built-in shelves to draw attention to that unique feature.
BEFORE: This dining room appears small and despite the vaulted ceilings. The furniture and light fixture give it a dated appearance.
AFTER: Removing a leaf from the dining room table adds needed space to the room. A large art print on the wall takes attention away from the outdated light fixture and adds a touch of color bringing out the warm tones in the woodwork. A green fern placed in the corner of the adjacent kitchen draws your eye into that space and highlights the unique opening connecting the two rooms.
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BEFORE: Despite the white walls, this combination living and dining room seems dark and has no flow through the space. Country-style furnishings make it feel old and outdated, and the view is blocked by curtains.