7 Tips for Staging a Small Kitchen
As you prepare your home to list, staging is one of the most important steps. Allowing your prospective buyers to imagine themselves in the house and see all its potential is essential; staging is the most effective way to do this.
If you have a small kitchen, don't worry. We have 7 tips for staging a small kitchen to allow your home to put its best foot forward at showings.
1. Deep Clean and Declutter
The first step in staging a small kitchen is to declutter and deep clean. Clutter will cause the kitchen to appear even smaller than it is, as well as giving the appearance of a poorly maintained home.
A deep clean is also a total necessity when staging. Take the time before each open house and showing to make the kitchen sparkle; don't stop at just washing the dishes, but follow a thorough checklist.
A few things to make sure you do are:
- Polish appliances to remove any water spots, finger prints, and other unsightly marks
- Check the microwave, stove and sink to be sure you have cleaned them throughly to remove any food, water spots, or smudges
- Clean the floors
- Remove pet food and water bowls
- Empty the trash
- Clean backsplashes and tile grout
- Wipe down cabinetry.
If the to do list feels overwhelming, consider hiring professional housekeepers to keep up with the deep cleaning while your house is on the market.
2. Accent colors
Decorating with an accent color or two will go a long way in staging a small kitchen. Don't worry about making any major renovations. Choose your accent color(s) and find subtle ways to incorporate the new palette. A few simple ways to do this are:
- Hand towels
- Pot holders
- Artfully displayed cookware on the stove
- Rug or runner
- Serving or cooking utensils in a decorative jar
3. House plants
A thriving house plant (or a high quality faux one) is a great way to add a freshness to your kitchen. When staging a small kitchen, focus on compact items that make a big impact. Plants do just that.
4. Fresh fruit
Don't underestimate the impact of a simple bowl of fresh fruit. Professional stagers recommend opting for a bowl of a single type of fruit to give a more polished look. Citrus is an excellent choice because it won't attract fruit flies and will remain looking fresh for a bit longer than other options, like bananas and stone fruits. Consider which citrus works best with the design scheme of your kitchen and set out a fresh bowl of them before showings.
5. Update hardware
One of the simplest updates you can make when staging a small kitchen is your hardware. If you have outdated hardware, the minimal investment to update it will pay off. Opt for something neutral to appeal to the widest range of potential buyers.
Another way to make a relatively small renovation investment with a high impact is to update your lighting. Switching out lighting fixtures for something neutral and updated is something you may be able to DIY, and can be done on a budget, but it will make a big difference.
7. Set the Island, Bar, or Eat-In Area
If you have an island, bar, or dine-in kitchen, take the time to set a place setting at each seat. This allows you to tie in your accent colors, as well as showcasing how functional your space is in spite of its petite size. Set each place setting with a place mat, charger, plate, glass, and utensils. A cloth napkin and napkin ring are also a nice touch. Depending on the space, you may want to add a simple centerpiece, table runner, or other decorative element.
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