When selling your home, it’s important that every room, every space, and even every tiny nook looks its absolute best!

A simple way to add some va-va-voom to your key living spaces is to start from the ground up – by using an area rug. Rugs are practical, provide warmth and comfort… But, when selling, it’s important to know they can also can provide an instant face lift to your home and even add value by overcoming possible buyer objections before they arise.

Often considered ‘artwork for the floor’, here are some rug ideas for easily adding the warmth and layering in the emotion and style your buyers will love.

Help an older home look more current

Buyers love homes that feel fresh, contemporary and ‘on-trend’. So if your living room is feeling a little drab or outdated it might be time for the old, worn rug to go and to bring your home more up to date. Beautiful, geometric patterned rugs in fresh colours, like this chevron design, are popular right now and will give your room an instant lift.

Define a living space

A key principle when presenting your home for sale is to have one clear purpose for every living area, so your buyer can easily see the best use for every room. (If you confuse them, you lose them!) In a multipurpose living space – for example, a warehouse or open-plan apartment – well-positioned rugs can help to define these living spaces. As you can see here, this rug defines the dining area and separates it from the kitchen.

BONUS TIP: If using a rug underneath a dining table, make sure the rug is large enough that all the chair legs easily fit on the rug and don’t hang off the edge. This will ensure the space feels comfortable, not cramped.

Increase the size of a room

One of the biggest mistakes I see sellers make is using rugs that are too small – just peeking out from under the edges of the coffee table. This is ok for when you are living in your home, but not a great option when you are selling. The size of the rug generally conveys the size of the room, and so a small rug in a large living room is really working against you – as it makes the room feel smaller than it really is, and buyers are looking for spacious rooms.

We regularly upscale the size of the rug for our sellers (2m x 3m often works well), and instantly the room feels larger and more luxurious.

Add light 

If you have large expanses of dark timber flooring, it can make your room look and feel heavy, and we know buyers always respond well to rooms that feel light. A large, white or neutral-toned rug will instantly transform your dark room.

Upgrade the master

A rug in the master bedroom is a definite upgrade that just oozes luxury. The secret here is that it works best in a large room – using a large rug. Position the rug so it creates a wide perimeter around the lower two-thirds of the bed.
For help with all your styling needs, contact Deb at deb@minkhome.com.au.