Living With a Staged Bathroom

I have a thing for bathrooms.  As a home stager, I especially LOVE staging them.  But as a homeowner, it’s not always very practical to live with a staged bathroom.  What is eye candy for the buyer is often inconvenient for the seller.

So I’m going to help you out today with some tips for staged-bathroom survival, show some examples of staged bathrooms, and some easy updates for those of you who are not trying to sell your home.

First, let’s talk about a few tips to help you survive your staged bathroom:

  • Use a caddy to hold personal toiletries to keep them off the countertops when not in use.  Kind of takes you back to the old college dorm days!
  • Keep “guest” towels to use for home showings.  Toss your “real” towels in the dryer when buyers are coming through.
  • Keep counter wipes, Windex and paper towels handy in EACH bathroom for quick cleanups. Tip: a little Windex on all the little shiny parts does wonders for a bathroom).
  • Don’t use contour rugs or toilet seat covers.  One more thing to get dirty and they never stay in place (plus they’re kind of gross).
  • Use liners in your trash can.  It’s cleaner, and makes for a quick toss-out!

Ok, now let’s check out a few before and after shots of staged bathrooms. The first two examples are from vacant homes.

Staging a Vacant Bathroom

This vacant bathroom feels much more luxurious with warm tones.

Bathroom after staging

This master bathroom needed to have more of a spa feeling.  Contrasting darker accessories with the light walls gave it some depth.

Bathroom Before
Bathroom After

Now this example is from an occupied home – and note that the sellers did not spend much money at all to update the bathroom.  It just needed a few style updates. Simple curtain made out of kitchen towels, more contemporary artwork, fresh towels and a little de-cluttering made this bathroom feel move-in ready.

Bathroom before

Bathroom after

Even if you’re not moving, there are some staging techniques you can use to infuse some style into your bathroom:

  • Look at your bath linens with a critical eye.  They often wear out and/or get outdated before you really notice it!
  • Take inventory of what is on your bathroom counters.  If you don’t use it daily, store it somewhere else. If it must stay, store it in a decorative container.
  • When is the last time you looked under your bathroom counter?  Some purging and organization can do wonders for your bathroom and your mindset!  It’s the same feeling you get when you clean out your purse.
  • Bathroom a little bland?  Bring in color with rolled up towels or washcloths in a pretty basket.
  • Look at the artwork and accessories in your bathroom.  Avoid smaller pieces as they tend to make a room look smaller.  And dried flower arrangements tend to look tired very quickly.

There you have it!  Thanks for sharing in my bathroom obsession!