If you’re planning to tackle styling your home for sale on your own, then there are a few things that you need to know about styling your dining room table.
The kitchen and dining room are the heart of the home. It’s where family comes together, so ensuring that you get this space right is crucial to pull on the heartstrings of potential buyers. Using emotions can have a significant impact on decisions in real estate. When buyers walk into the kitchen and dining area, they hope to see a warm and inviting environment that a dining room table is a part of. It’s a crucial piece that makes up the emotional connection between the potential buyer and the property.
While it may seem like a simple piece of furniture to have styled beautifully, it can be deceiving. As your dining room table can impact buyers, be sure to consider all of these tips when you’re styling for sale.
Avoid a set table
In contrast to several years ago, your kitchen and dining room are a lot more relaxed, free-flowing, and comfortable. It’s no longer a set table for dinner but usually the kitchen bench or the couch for most people. Unless your dining room table is considered to be a formal dining room, we recommend avoiding a fully set table. This can leave buyers feeling rigid and structured. It’s not reflective of how we live and how your potential buyer will use the space. Instead, opt for a minimal approach.
Consider who your potential buyer is
Firstly, you have to consider who your potential buyer is. Who will your home appeal to? If you’ve got a 5-bedroom home in the Brisbane area, you’ll most likely be selling to a big family, and your dining table should reflect this. However, if you are styling a small apartment, you’ll most likely be styling a much smaller table with two to three chairs.
No matter the space in your home, adding greenery is always a great idea to bring life to the space. Greenery should be included in almost every area of your home when styling and staging your home for sale, particularly in new builds, as they can often come across as quite sterile. Greenery helps to add a punch of life back into the space, and using it when styling your dining room table, creates a huge impact.
Work in threes
When styling and staging your dining room table, you have to be considerate of interior design principles. Focusing on scale and focal points, you can work in clusters of threes to emphasise all of these. Using these principles as a basis for your dining room table design when styling for sale. For example, a great combination to use for your dining table is the following.
- Flowers or greenery.
- Fruit bowl/serving bowl with serving spoons and a tea towel.
- Candles or vases.
These elements reflect the principles of interior design by using larger elements to create scale and a focal point.
When styling your dining room table, you also want to consider height. This can be really impactful and emphasise the scale of the space. Ideally, you want to work with staggering levels of styling pieces. This means having something at a small, medium, and tall height. Alternatively, if you go the minimal route and your space allows for it, use a large vase with greenery to create a dramatic effect.
Make sure your dining table is right for the space
One of the biggest mistakes we see people make in their homes is having a dining table that isn’t the right size for the space. Working with the right proportions is tricky. It’s hard to know what’s too big and the correct size for the area. Your dining table should feel roomy but not so big that it swallows up the entire room. On the other hand, a dining table that is too small for the space can seem out of place and awkward. So, when looking at your dining room table when styling for sale, these are the dimensions you want to keep in mind.
- Ensure you’ve got at least 92cm of clearance on each side of the table.
- Measure the length and width of your dining space, then subtract 184cm from both the length and width. This will give you the maximum size for your dining room table.
If you don’t have the right size dining table, consider repositioning the one you have when staging your home. While it may not be practical, it can impact your final sale price.
When in doubt, keep it minimal
If you’re selling your home for sale and are struggling to put together your dining table, keep it minimal. We often overthink what we should place styling items and how it can impact the rest of the room. This can lead to awkwardly placed pieces and pieces that don’t look right within a space. When this occurs, keep the table to a minimal design. Avoiding any clutter or excess can help let the space speak for itself.
Dining room tables have a huge impact on your potential buyers and their first impressions of the home. Ensuring that they’ve been taken into consideration when styling your home for sale is key. If you’re struggling to style your home for sale on your own, chat with us and discover how Sell in Style Property Styling can help.
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