If you want to sell your home, focus on its curb appeal and its kitchen. Those are the 2 areas that will make the biggest impact on prospective buyers. We’ve recently written about how to stage a kitchen to sell your house and how to add curb appeal. So I thought this might be a good time to hit the third most important part of the house: the bathroom.

When you execute on good bathroom staging ideas, your home becomes irresistible — assuming the kitchen and curb appeal are in good shape, too. And the best part of bathroom staging ideas is that so many of them are so affordable. The bathroom, by nature, is a small space, which also make it feel manageable.

If you’re putting your house on the market soon, if your home has been lingering on the market, or even if you just want a more appealing look throughout your home, take advantage of these bathroom staging ideas.


1. Check Your Fixtures

Take a look at your tubs, toilets, sinks and other fixtures. What shape are they in? Do they align with current trends? Non-white toilets and tubs can be a non-starter for a lot of homebuyers, so consider investing an updated versions if you want to maximize your sales price. Also, a sink is far more affordable and far easier to replace than you might think. If you’re sink screams 2007 (or worse, 1997), find something better at Home Depot.

Keep in mind that your buyer won’t always be able to see past your home’s small imperfections the way you’ve grown to. You may be thinking: Can’t the buyer just replace these things? But that’s not what buyers are looking for. When they sit foot in your home, they want to picture themselves living in and enjoying that space. Help them picture a happy life in your home by taking care of the small and inexpensive things — like new fixtures when necessary.


2. Invest in Towels

This is the fastest, easiest, most affordable update you can make. Invest in the brightest, fluffiest towels you can find. The brighter and fluffier the better. You don’t even have to spend a lot of money. Hit up Target, Wal-Mart or even Amazon to find new towels at low prices.

Here’s the thing: A buyer shouldn’t worry about thin, ragged, old towels hanging in your bathroom. After all, you’re not leaving those towels behind. But here’s a secret: That’s not how your prospective buyers process rooms. If they did, you wouldn’t need staging at all. Instead, as they look around your bathroom, the picture themselves using it as is. And no one wants to use a bathroom with scratchy, stained towels that have seen better days.

Be careful on color. I would recommend white, but, if the rest of your bathroom is white, that might be a little overwhelming. Use towels to balance the color in your bathroom. White walls? Use towels for a pop of color. Colorful walls? Stick to white towels.


3. Paint a Fresh Coat

Paint is always high on the affordability-impact scale. That is, you can get a lot of impact for just a few dollars. This especially holds true in the bathroom, where the space is typically small enough that you only need a can (or less) of paint.

Choose pale, cool colors over dark, warm colors. Pale and cool will make your bathroom feel cleaner and more expansive. On the other end of the spectrum, I’ve seen bathrooms painted in dark, warm colors that make the space feel like a black hole. It doesn’t feel like there’s room to breathe in a bathroom that’s painted too darkly.

As mentioned in the towels section, you want the paint to balance with other colors. If you have dark towels, stick to a much lighter paint color. If you have white towels, stick to a pale and cool color, but you can find something brighter — a nice yellow, perhaps.


4. Lose the Clutter

Nothing in the bathroom should indicate that you’ve actually used it recently. I know that sounds funny, but it’s true. Don’t leave your toothbrush sitting by the sink. Don’t leave your razor on the rim of the tub. Even jagged perforations on toilet paper rolls can make prospective buyers feel funny — put a fresh roll on the holder.

In short, there should be absolutely no clutter. If something’s sitting out on the counter, it should be there for a certain effect — a nice soap dispenser, for example.


5. Add Tasteful Accents

Accents are important, but you need to know just what type of accents to add to a bathroom. Artwork on a wall is great, but family photos are bad. Remember: We want prospective buyers to picture themselves living in your home, not you living in your home.

A single scented candle is a nice tough, too. But you don’t have to go too far. As you’ll see in the next section, simplicity is important. Too many accents in such a small space can begin to feel overwhelming, and they can even leave your bathroom feeling cluttered — which, as we’ve already learned, is a big no-no.


6. Focus on Simplicity

I’ve seen open houses where homeowners (or their realtors, more likely) have simply gone over the top with staging. We don’t need candles everywhere, and we certainly don’t need a champagne glass by the tub. Who drinks champagne in the tub? Maybe if you’re staying at the Four Seasons. But at home? Come on.

Make your staging feel authentic. Keeping it simple is a great way to generate authenticity. The other stuff might sound good, the collection of lit candles and the champagne flute, but it comes across as cheesy — and it’s not going to help sell your home.


Final Thoughts on Bathroom Staging Ideas

When it comes to preparing your home for a sale, you want everything to feel cohesive — like one experience from the minute a prospective buyer pulls into the driveway to the moment he or she steps into the master bathroom. When you need inspiration for your bathroom staging ideas, start with the front of your home. What do you see? What do you like? Then move to the entryway. Pull ideas for each of these spaces, and then see how they translate to your bathroom.

And always lean on the opinion of an experienced real estate agent. You can try to sell your home on your own, but a knowledgeable realtor adds value throughout the process — staging, negotiating and much more. I’m a little biased because I’m a former real estate agent, but I can’t emphasize this enough: Experience matters when you’re selling your home.

If you have any additional bathroom staging ideas, let us know in the comments section below. Or, you can message us directly using our contact page.