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Creating Ambiance

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Have you ever admired the homes in magazines?

The way we present our home reflects our lifestyle – so when we present a property for rental or purchase we are not just selling a home, we are selling a lifestyle.  There is no denying that where we live has an influence on our emotions and behaviours.

Clients often ask me about the best way to present their home, so I have decided to write a series of posts around how to create the right kind of atmosphere!

What you want to do is make your home warm and inviting to the people who enter it.  Here are my initial tips to help you present your home in the most positive way.


Showing off the natural light is one of the best ways of selling your home.  Make sure all windows are clean and curtains are open fully.  Leave all internal doors open to get the most out of the sunshine of the day. This will also help your property look bigger.

Rooms that don’t get much natural light will need additional lighting sources such as lamps.


Smell is an under-rated sense, and can really assist to make a property more appealing. One of the best ways to do this is to simply wipe down benches and other surfaces with lemon-scented cleaner.  This gives the impression of a ‘clean’ house, and is very appealing to women – who do a lot of the decision making when it comes to real estate!

The smell of fresh paint can also be a great incentive to buyers.  If you can’t afford a re-paint of the whole property (which is a great way to refresh and update the look) how about just painting architraves and wooden doors?

You may also choose to light fragrant candles. It is worth spending the money on good quality candles – and make sure to keep the wicks trimmed so that they don’t burn black smoke.  Choose your candle fragrance carefully.  Avoid strong or floral fragrances and opt for soft woody tones or the clean lemon (lemongrass?) scent I mentioned before.


Music can really assist to create ambiance as long as you acknowledge that not everyone will share your taste in music!  Soft music can be played on a low volume to make the property more inviting.  I always bring my own selection of modern classical or jazz to play at my open homes.

Personal Items

A general tidy is essential before prospective buyers arrive. Many vendors forget to put away common everyday items such as dog bowls.  These should be hidden away with any pet toys and litter trays.  Not everyone who walks through your home will share your love of animals!

Make sure you also take a page out of Marie Kondo’s book and put away any unnecessary knick knacks.  Cluttered homes look confused and promise too much work.  They also do not best demonstrate the space on offer.

However, a few selected personal items can make a property look loved and homely.  They can indicate to the purchaser how you are using a space in a way they might not have realised.  Ask your real estate agent for advice on this.

Stay tuned for more styling tips – or subscribe to the blog to receive updates as soon as they come out!  Just hit the button labelled ‘Follow’ in the bottom right hand corner of the page!


Karen Taylor Chernishov shares her knowledge on property, style and renovation, helping you sell, buy, manage or invest in real estate across Melbourne's South East, Victoria, Australia. Telephone 0408 991 855

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