Bedrooms don't come with an expiration date, but some really should. When buyers are touring a Northern Virginia home, a stale bedroom with outdated style can be a deal-breaker. Problematically, many sellers simply can't see their own bedrooms honestly anymore. Give your bedroom the "has it gone bad?" sniff test by checking for these common signs of stale design.

It’s All About Mirrors


This includes the closet and the ceiling. A little reflected light makes a bedroom look bigger, but if you're rocking the fun house / journey-into-infinity effect, consider removing some of those reflective surfaces.


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Tone Down the Frills


Check those bed skirts, window dressings, and curtains. Tone down the frills, keep everything simple, neat, and clean.


Update the Theme


Check the paper in your drawers, the shelves of your armoire, and the paper on the walls. Does it feel like felt? Is it yellow like a pirate map? Does it remind you of an eighties prom? Any (or all!) of these are signs you need to update.


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Check the Bed and Pillows


Clean lines are one thing; an uncomfortable bedroom is another. Puff your bed and pillows up and make everything look cozy and comfortable.




Hide the flip-digit clocks, the wood grain television cabinets, and the neon-striped boom boxes. Modernize or put them in storage. Yes, buyers can modernize a bedroom when they buy the house, but expecting them to see past your bedroom's past is taking a gamble. Do a few simple things to freshen up that room!


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