8 Things to Never, Ever Put on a Table If You Hope to Impress Guests
Do you have visitors coming over or, egad, home buyers you hope might purchase your place? Then you’d better watch what you put where—particularly on tables, countertops, and other highly visible surfaces. Let’s face it: A candle or vase of flowers might be considered fine DIY home staging. But choose the wrong kind of place setting or decor, and buyers will take note!
Don’t believe us? One need look no further than Instagram, which is bursting with horrifying sights that, for some reason, the sellers thought might be OK to display. Luckily, real estate agents couldn’t help but snap some pics to document these snafus.
Consider this a list of what to not place on a table if you hope to impress, well, anyone!
1. Your dirty laundry
“Laundry, it’s what’s for dinner!” said no one ever. That little toy bus doesn’t seem too appetizing either. The rest looks like a dollar store’s clearance bin exploded. Yikes. Any would-be buyer is bound to make a U-turn after seeing this. Holiday guests, too.
2. Nonfood items on a plate
Even squirrels might struggle with this meal. You could see where a bowl of lemons or even an array of pine cones could add a nice touch to this kitchen. But together on a plate? Not so much.
3. Wine is fine, but can that can of cashews
You don’t have to go “nuts” to make your dining area appealing. That simple white runner alone may have done the trick.
4. Toilet paper as a centerpiece
We don’t want to know what this suggests about the homeowner’s cooking abilities. Still, it’s safe to say prospective home buyers probably saw more than they wanted to after spying this.
5. Wrinkly tablecloths and slipcovers
Slipcovers and tablecloths? Aren’t these home sellers fancy?! Alas, unless you’re holding a wedding at your house, it’s entirely too formal. And surely smoothing out the wrinkles on those ghostlike slipcovers would have helped a bit.
6. Fake ice
Having fake ice in a glass bowl is weird enough—wouldn’t that money have been better spent fixing that gaping hole in the ceiling? In fact, skip the fake ice entirely; you don’t need a professional stager to tell you that fake foodstuff is just not a good look.
7. Unusual food tableaus
The breakfast tray alone would’ve been plenty. No one needs to know that the seller needs more fiber in his diet. And while we’re at it, that still life of plastic fruit should go back to art school, and that beauty product display back to, um, Bloomingdale’s. As this listing agent explains, it all amounts to “motel staging” at its worst.
8. Nativity scenes
It might be fine for Christmas, but even then, this is a bit much (particularly combined with that bear motif and “Rock the Day” inspirational message on the wall).
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