Livermore, Pleasanton, Danville, Short Sale Specialist

Watch the subliminal messages

The painting over the bed in one client’s master bedroom? A three-ring circus.

While it was colorful, the underlying message was “stress,” Collins says.

“It might have been fine in a den, but it’s not fine in a bedroom,” she says. Instead, create an atmosphere that’s calm, restful and restorative, she says.

With that in mind, the homeowner selected another piece of art to hang over the bed — “a beautiful landscape,” Collins says.

“Nature scenes are soothing and will relax the buyers,” Barrett says.

Make sure to also put away those personal family photos and religious and spiritual icons, says Barrett.

“You want to make your home as welcoming as possible to potential buyers … you don’t want your spiritual preferences, which may be different from theirs, to sway them in any way,” Collins says.

“It’s essential for the buyers to be able to envision their family and furniture in the home so keep the decor neutral,” she says.

“Nature scenes are soothing and will relax the buyers,” Barrett says.

Feng shui — and home marketing — are all about making a good first impression, says Collins. “You want to create that friendly, positive first impression.”

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