5 must-have accessories to style a home to sell

When it comes to selling your home and getting the best price it's important to market it to potential buyers in the most attractive way possible.

Thoughtful and fresh styling can be the difference between a quick sale and a house that sits on the market for months.

Here are five finishing touches that’ll take the styling and presentation of your home to the next level to ensure a speedy sale and wow buyers as soon as they set foot in the door.

Comfy cushions

Scatter cushions are the perfect way to add colour, interest and texture to your home’s furnishings and outdoor entertaining areas. Best of all you can give a tired armchair or outdoor setting a new lease on life simply by swapping out the old faded cushions with a few new plush ones.

We’re big fans of this unassuming little Scandi knot cushion design that’s taking interiors all over Pinterest and Instagram by storm. We love the sculptural and textural appeal this little guy instantly brings to beds, chairs and couches.

Save- Knot cushion pink, $8, Kmart

Splurge- Knot cushion, various colours, $79, Cush & Co

Deliciosa greenery

When staging a home for sale a handful of houseplants is a great way to brighten, enliven and add a pop of colour to any bare or ‘awkward’ corners or spaces that could use a lift. You can also add extra colour and character with your choice of cool pot plant or pot stand.

The latest ‘it’ plant of 2018, monstera deliciosa (aka the Swiss cheese plant) is famous for its big glossy split leaves. It’s the perfect addition to a living area, dining room (pictured below) study or bedroom and is best kept out of direct sunlight.

Save- Rattan plant stand, $24.99, IKEA

Splurge- Pot plant set, Matt Blatt, $375

Elegant bar cart

A retro bar cart is one of the biggest trends in home interiors and home entertaining at the minute. When styling a home for sale you want to paint a picture of a particular lifestyle to appeal to a certain type of buyer. The bar cart is a great way to showcase the home’s great entertaining areas and add some flair to a study, living room, patio or dining area.

Set up a fabulous drinks trolley using a cart or side table, a cocktail making set, a serving tray, a bowl of citrus fruits, glam glassware topped off with your favourite spirits or a bottle of bubbly.

Save- Kitchen service trolley, $79.95, DShop

Splurge- Gold Gatsby bar cart, $399, Temple & Webster

Furry flourish

When selling your home, you want it to feel as warm and inviting to potential buyers as possible. This is especially important if it’s hitting the market during the winter time. One of the best ways to achieve this is to incorporate luxurious fluffy and furry tactile textiles throughout your home.

For instance, hang a pair of lush white terry cloth bathrobes on a bathroom hook to add a luxurious hotel vibe to the space. Drape a decadent sheepskin rug across a desk chair, outdoor patio setting, ottoman or on the floor to instantly warm up a plain room. Add velvet or faux fur throws and blankets to couches and beds to add another layer of luxury.

Save- Luxury faux sheepskin rug, $51, Next.com.au

Splurge- Rose sheepskin, $179.99, Adairs

Crackling fire pit

A hot (literally!) decor trend in landscaping and outdoor living right now are fire pits. Consider a DIY project to build your own or you can purchase a fire pit kit if construction isn’t your forte.

Fire pits showcase how versatile your outdoor area is and set a homely mood. Light your fire pit for the photo shoot to make your property ad images leap off the screen and catch buyers’ eyes. Create a timber stack in close proximity to your fire pit for ease of use and as a decorative feature.

Save- Steel fire pit, $49, Bunnings

Splurge- Steel fire pit, $1,100, Stahl

We hope these accessories inspire you to dress up your home before putting it on the market to achieve a top price outcome.

Happy decorating!

The Homely Team

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