Ever walk into a house that was so plain it made you feel like you were in a hospital? After seeing a few too many home shows, some sellers get rid of too much.
All the pictures come off the walls, even the ones that might add a little color or life to the room. End tables have nothing on them but a lamp. The furniture is the same color as the walls. Everything is cleared out of the curio. The dining room table is an empty slab.
Wait a minute! Where's the warm, cozy feeling? What happened to the bright pillows? Did you used to have a centerpiece on the table? Take a look at the model homes. They're not completely barren. Get rid of clutter, but don't get rid of all signs of life. The refrigerator magnets can go, but hang on to the bowl of fruit. Keep the table set as if you were expecting guests.
Bring the home back to life. Add some silk trees or flowers. Buy some pretty towels or soaps. A little red or orange accent will perk up a room and be more inviting. Place a few candles for easy color.
I found that often sellers who work in a rather sterile environment feel right at home with the "hospital look," but the home certainly shows better with a dash of color.