DIY Open Home Styling Trends for 2024 

In the world of real estate, first impressions matter. While staging is a fantastic way to boost your sale price, it’s not an option that’s always affordable for sellers. As we step into 2024, the DIY open home styling trend is growing, and it’s taking a bold turn, blending creativity, functionality, and a touch of personal flair.  

Whether you’re a seasoned homeowner or a first-time seller, these open home styling trends will help you transform your space (and stay on budget!) into a show-stopping haven that potential buyers won’t be able to resist. 

Sustainable Chic: Embrace Green Living 

Sustainability is no longer a buzzword; it’s a way of life. As a seller, you can infuse eco-conscious elements into your open home by incorporating sustainable materials, recycled decor, and energy-efficient lighting.  

recycled glass bottle with dried flowers in it representing sustainable chic home open styling

Think bamboo furniture, recycled glass accents, and indoor plants to create a fresh and environmentally friendly atmosphere. Today’s buyers appreciate homes that look good and contribute to a greener future. 

Vintage Revival: Timeless Charm with a Modern Twist 

Nostalgia meets modernity in the vintage revival trend. If you’re trying to sell an older home (and let’s face it, there are quite a few across the Hunter Valley), add a vintage vibe by mixing carefully chosen antiques and classic patterns with modern elements for a timeless look. Think of mid-century modern furniture, vintage rugs, and brass accents to transport buyers to a time when style was timeless.  

Don’t forget to check out Hermitage Road Antiques in Pokolbin or Hunter Antiques in Newcastle. And your local Salvos Store, Vinnies or even friends and family could be hiding some unique styling pieces!  

Artful Wallscapes: Make a Statement 

Blank walls are a canvas waiting to be filled. Transform your space by creating artful wallscapes that tell a story. Think beyond traditional artwork and experiment with bold hangings, wall decals, or even a DIY gallery of your own photos. To stay on budget, see what deals you can get for wall art or framed artwork on Facebook marketplace.  

A well-curated wallscape adds visual interest and sets your home apart in the buyer’s memory. 

Tech-Integrated Spaces: Smart Homes, Smarter Styling 

Welcome to the era of smart living. Integrate tech-savvy elements into your home to cater to the modern buyer.  

Lady in an orange shirt with a tablet in her living room controlling her smart lights after installing them for her open home

Consider budget-friendly smart lighting and security systems like this Ring Doorbell from Bunnings that enhance your space’s functionality, improve security, showcase its potential for smart living, and increase the value of your property.  

A tech-integrated home speaks volumes about its adaptability to contemporary lifestyles. 

Cozy Retreats: Create Intimate Spaces 

Creating cozy retreats within your home can be a game-changer in a world that’s always on the move. Designate intimate spaces for reading nooks, meditation corners, or coffee stations. Layer soft textures, incorporate warm lighting, and, where you can, emphasise your plush seating to make these retreats irresistible.  

Want some ‘el-cheapo’ styling pieces? Don’t be afraid to visit your local Kmart! You’ll find heaps of great ideas on Instagram for incorporating these budget-friendly styling pieces into your home, and buyers will appreciate the thought put into creating inviting niches within the home. 

Biophilic Design: Nature Inside 

First, let’s define Biophilic because if you’re like us – you’ve probably never heard the term! According to the Living Future Institute Australia: 

Biophilic design is the practice of connecting people and the natural world of which people are part – within our built environments and communities. If we think about design as creatively solving the puzzle of look, feel and function, then biophilic design turns to nature for solutions. It is intuitive and fundamental to good design at every step, not an aesthetic trend or afterthought – it’s a way of thinking and working. 

Source: Living Future Institute Australia  
Living area with lots of indoor plants and a large picture window looking out to nature representing the open home styling trend of bringing the outdoors in

When incorporating this into your open home styling, think of it as bringing the outdoors in! It’s a trend that continues gaining momentum in Australia and worldwide. Your starting point could be styling with more indoor plants, but to really embrace biophilic design, try incorporating natural materials, plants, and enhancing any large windows that blur the lines between indoor and outdoor spaces.  

Create a connection with nature that resonates with buyers seeking a harmonious living environment. 

DIY Art Installations: Unleash Your Creativity 

Art doesn’t have to be confined to canvases. Channel your inner artist and create DIY art installations that become focal points in your home. Whether it’s a hand-painted mural, a trendy textured art piece, or a custom tapestry, these unique touches can set your home apart without costing you an arm and a leg. Keen to try your hand at textured art? Better Homes and Gardens has a quick and easy guide to help you.  

Flex Spaces: Adaptable Living 

Buyers are increasingly looking for homes that adapt to their evolving needs. Showcase the versatility of your space by creating flexible areas that can serve multiple purposes.  

Desk with red coffee cup, laptop and ipad, the sunlight is streaming in.

Are you ready to tackle DIY open home styling? 

DIY open home styling is gaining popularity for several reasons including cost, flexibility and the abundance of online resources providing guidance and inspiration to homeowners.  

In 2024, the DIY open home styling trends are all about embracing individuality, sustainability, and the evolving needs of modern living. By infusing your personality into these trends, you create a visually appealing space and connect with potential buyers on a deeper level. Remember, the key is to strike a balance between current trends and timeless elements that make your home universally appealing. Make use of the resources at your fingertips, have fun, but don’t go overboard! 

Are you ready to sell your home and want to ensure your best interests are looked after? Call our team on (02) 4056 1070 or contact us via our enquiry form for a no-obligation chat about how we’ll support your selling journey.  

Disclaimer: The information provided in this blog post is for general informational purposes only and should not be considered as professional advice. We recommend consulting with qualified professionals for advice tailored to your individual circumstances.

Oliver and Co Conveyancing Cessnock founder Tayla Ross (nee Oliver)

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