New research has suggested that men and women are looking for quite different things when buying a house. While men are dream of a cinema room and wine cellars, it seems women focus more strongly on the kitchen facilities, with an AGA oven and kitchen island rating highly on their wish-lists.
Whilst it might be a little over the top to rush out and purchase a cinematic projector, or embark on a major kitchen re-model, the survey, which questioned 2,000 people from across the UK, did offer some insight on which decorating styles are most appealing to men and women when searching for a dream home.
According to the research, by Strutt & Parker, women are more keen on styles including ‘Classical French’ and ‘Exotic Indian’, whereas men preferred ‘1950s/60s/70s Retro’, however both sexes agreed that ‘Traditional British’ was their favourite type of interior design. So what does that mean if you want to sell a house quickly?
A traditional British style of interior design will generally feature a neutral colour palette, with warming soft furnishings. Wood burning stoves and working fireplaces are generally very desirable, so if you have them, make sure you’re making a real feature of them.
Cushions, curtains and rugs can make a big impact on a room, and add real appeal without too much expense; they’re also things you can take with you when you move.
Neutral, but cosy décor should appeal to both sexes but, as our research into who wears the trousers when it comes to choosing a property showed, two thirds of women have the final say when it comes to which property they choose. So, if you are going to make big changes to appeal to buyers, an AGA might be a better investment than that cinema room you’ve been dreaming of…