4 Summer Vignette Staging Ideas to Attract Buyers

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Vignette staging is all about drawing in buyers with curated scenes that showcase your home’s top features. It’s even better if the scenes evoke the mood of the season. Looking to sell your South Bay house quickly this summer? Realtor.com suggests four fresh staging ideas that are guaranteed to make buyers swoon.

1. A dreamy front porch

Whether it’s a hanging swing with accent pillows and throw blankets, or a side table flanked by a pair of rocking chairs, a good first impression begins at the front door. Go the extra mile by adding several magazines or books with a decorative coffee mug or wine glass, and complete with look with a small rug or accent greenery. Potential buyers might imagine a summer afternoon relaxing in a rocking chair or watching their children or grandchildren play in the yard just by looking at your front porch vignette.

2. An enticing entryway

As the second space your buyer sees, the entryway is arguably just as important to focus on when selling your home. To create a light and airy vibe, try pairing a large vase with freshly cut flowers on an entryway table. Add a few soft-scented candles and a linen tea towel. Remember to limit the number of objects in your vignettes to avoid the scenes becoming overcrowded. Layer in tones and elements found outside during the summer to subconsciously create continuity.

3. A fresh, breezy kitchen

Summer is easily the best time of year to use colorful produce to your advantage. The next time you visit your local farmers market, plan to pick up a few extra-bright veggies or fruits for display in your favorite bowl. Forgo the freshly cut flowers in favor of a small, fragrant potted plant like rosemary or basil. Place these items on a wooden cutting board or textured mat with folded cloth napkins to complete your countertop vignette. Another great kitchen vignette is an empty pitcher and six empty glasses on a tray with cloth napkins. This can be placed on a kitchen counter, and it speaks to having guests over on the front porch and preparing to have drinks brought out to them. Note: Don’t fill the pitcher with liquid or fake liquid; when it comes to vignettes, subtle is best.

If your outdoor space has room for a dining table, try setting that table with a gingham tablecloth, picnic basket and a set of outdoor dishes. For vignettes like these, always adhere to a single color scheme. If every outdoor vignette has multiple colors, it will appear chaotic in listing photos. Another simple summertime vignette can be built around a hammock. String one up between two trees and add a pillow and a light blanket. Suddenly your buyer has a great place to read and relax. No matter which spaces you decide to stage, be sure to have a central object and build your vignettes from there. A fire pit, for example, might call for some stacked wood, a lantern and a cozy flannel blanket, while the pool might do well with a lounge chair and a folded beach towel paired with a large brimmed hat.

4. The perfect backyard

If your outdoor space has room for a dining table, try setting that table with a gingham tablecloth, picnic basket and a set of outdoor dishes. For vignettes like these, always adhere to a single color scheme. If every outdoor vignette has multiple colors, it will appear chaotic in listing photos. Another simple summertime vignette can be built around a hammock or a central table like the listing at 513 S. Maria Ave, Redondo Beach. String one up between two trees and add a pillow and a light blanket. Suddenly your buyer has a great place to read and relax. No matter which spaces you decide to stage, be sure to have a central object and build your vignettes from there. A fire pit, for example, might call for some stacked wood, a lantern and a cozy flannel blanket, while the pool might do well with a lounge chair and a folded beach towel paired with a large brimmed hat.

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