Setting up a showhome is not for the faint-hearted – there are a lot of considerations to think about, and you have to do it ‘just right.’ It’s like that old fairytale of Goldilocks and the three bears – you have to make sure that your buyers (Goldilocks) find your home just to their liking and just the right fit for their needs and wants. It isn’t easy, and certain factors can truly affect your buyers’ decision to take that plunge. So what are the most important factors you should consider when setting up a fabulous showhome? Let’s find out.
The general guidelines
Your showhome’s purpose is to make buyers imagine what it would feel like if they lived in that home. That’s why we take great pains to kit out a showhome and fill it with whatever we think buyers need – whether it’s elegant and functional furniture, decorative elements, proper lighting, and other little touches that make a difference.
But remember that the most effective showhomes will always have a strong and defined theme throughout the entire space. Light colours and neutrals go well on main or primary walls, for instance, and you could go for a feature wall in a hallway or room, which you can then use as an accent in other rooms in the form of artwork, bed linen, or cushions. If the home has an open-plan living area, you can set floor lamps in various corners and house plants that can soften stark spots.
What to consider
Flow, harmony, and coordination.
Have a continuous flow throughout the entire home, so focus on coordinating colours and achieving balance, as recommended by showhome interior design Even if each room or space should have its very own ‘wow’ factor, like beautiful prints or amazing lighting, there should always be a connection or relationship between each space.
A focal point.
Consider having a focal point for every room, something that can draw the eye of your buyers. This could be a mirror, a decorative piece of artwork, a lighting fixture, or cushions. Show them something unexpected – something that they wouldn’t usually see in such a room. The key is to have something sensational, whether it’s a rug in bright colours placed in a neutral-themed room or wallpaper right on the ceiling. Unleash your creativity, but don’t go overboard – go for something that can exude character and style.
A memorable experience.
Create something memorable – something that reminds buyers that the home is truly special. It’s not just about what they see but also about what they touch and even smell. Different textures in a room create contrast and make it more interesting, and well-balanced interiors are pleasing to the eye. The same is true for smells – don’t forget to light some aromatherapy candles, and that ubiquitous smell of baking should permeate one of the most important rooms in any home: the kitchen!
It would also be a good idea to focus on core options, whether it’s the kitchen, your flooring, or more. From these choices, you can continue onto other features like the finishes on wardrobes and the tiling. Once you have made decisions on your core options, it will be easier for everything else to fall into place.