Home maintenance, repairs, landscaping, finding a great real estate agent—there’s lots to consider as you get ready to list your home. But despite everything you’ve got on your to-do list, there’s one thing that you may be overlooking: interior design.

Staging is one of the most effective ways to help potential buyers visualize themselves in your home, which can often translate into a faster home sale for more money. Of course, staging will also cost you a fee upfront, and you can’t be absolutely certain you’ll make that back with your final home price.

And while staging is almost always a good choice for homeowners who have room for it in their budget, it’s also possible to do some DIY staging—you just need to know what home buyer-friendly trends are coming down the line in 2020. 

Here are a few to consider. 

Mixing old with new

If you don’t have the funds to bring in new, neutral furniture and stage your home from top to bottom, no need to worry: one of the trends we’re seeing in 2020, according to Elle Design, is mixing old with new. 

While you won’t want your walls plastered with old family photos—that makes it very difficult for a buyer to see themselves in your home—this trend does mean that dated table and chairs may be more in style than you think. 

By combining older pieces with small, more modern details, you can give your home a cozy, warm atmosphere.

Navy blue

The 2020 Pantone Color of the Year is Classic Blue, or navy, according to Good Housekeeping, which means that many interior designers and home stagers will be incorporating the shade into the homes they work with. 

While it’s generally a good idea to stay away from bold colors when you’re getting ready to sell, small hints of boldness can help your home stand out in a crowded market. 

While painting an entire wall navy blue may not be your best bet, adding a navy blue vase with white flowers to your kitchen table, for example, or opting for navy hand towels in your powder room are excellent on-trend staging decisions. 

Natural wood in the kitchen

All-white kitchens have been the trend for some time, but in 2020, designers expect to see white accompanied by more natural wood. 

Shelving, kitchen islands, and even cabinetry hardware and faucets that have a warm, natural hue, can update and add some variety to your all-white look. When combined with clean, clutter-free countertops, this home decor tip will give you the bright, open feel home buyers want in a kitchen. 

Japanese influences and chinoiserie

If you have a thing for Japanese artwork or chinoiserie, your time has come: according to Architectural Digest, Asian influences will have a big presence in 2020. 

In terms of staging, this could translate to hanging a few Japanese ink paintings on your walls—their clean, minimalist aesthetic means they can blend in easily to your walls, adding a touch of beauty without drawing lots of attention from those looking to buy a home.  

Happy staging!