Whether you are a Charles River Park condo resident or a Boston Leather District condo resident thinking of selling your condo– styling your home to show off its retro side (even if you don’t think it has one) will charm buyers and help your downtown Boston condo stand out from the crowd. Here on this downtown Boston real estate blog, we’ve written before about how home staging can reduce the time your Boston condo for sale spends on the mark. Now, we explore five ways  to give your home staging a distinctly Millennial feel, all without breaking the bank.

1. Generic be gone

On the remodeling blog Improvement Center, Gina Pogol writes: “Ditch stock hardware on cabinets, doors and drawers. That goes double for cheap, cheesy brass door knobs. Even modern cabinetry looks older with period hardware.” Don’t forget details like switchplates and outlet covers. To really make an impression, Pogol also suggests replacing your doors with a vintage or salvaged one (Massachusetts has several outlets for recycled building materials).

2. Decorate with “found” objects.

 Peruse secondhand shops and estate sales for items like vintage scarves, classic records, old license plates, paintings on velvet, and other budget-friendly items of interest. Look for neat picture frames in which to place old postcards or even someone else’s black-and-white family photos.

3. Illuminate the situation.

 Adequate lighting is key to any good home staging. Use vintage or faux-vintage lamps and lighting fixtures to add a warm glow to dark corners or a dramatic spotlight to important features in your home.

4. Funk-ify your furnishings.

 Used furniture of good quality from the past 30 years is not hard to find, especially if you search beyond the Boston metro area. Wingback chairs, dainty writing desks and kitchen sideboards are especially trendy (just check out the photos on Houzz.com). If you’re short on time or funds, find some lace doilies, frilly pillows, slipcovers or vintage fabric to add color and retro appeal to your modern furnishings.

5. Go full color.

 A fresh coat of paint for a Charles River Park condo or any Boston condo for sale for that matter, is always a good idea when preparing your downtown Boston real estate for sale, so why not add interest and energy with some vintage tones? Moss green, charcoal, teal, cream and orange are go-to retro colors. Just remember to keep it light so that your home’s new owners can change it up after they fall in love. If you aren’t into picking new colors, the Improvement Center blog has this tip: “Almost any painted wall can be antiqued by coating it with a glaze and then rubbing it off. Or have a professional painter recreate the real thing with authentic colors and techniques.”


Staging your home can be be tricky – there’s a fine line between “homey” and “overdone”. By combining a variety of vintage accents to show off your Boston Beacon Hill home, you’ll not only be at the height of downtown Boston real estate fashion, you’ll be able to combine the decor you already have with your new-old treasures.

On that note, don’t worry about finding furnishings or accents that match perfectly or end up looking too planned. Vintage home staging is all about creating a fascinating world full of unexpected surprises. Remember, Downtown Boston real estate shoppers are looking for a place that’s unique as they are, one that brings the city’s eclectic pulse into their new home.

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John Ford
John Ford

Over the course of 20 years in the Boston downtown real estate market, John represented and sold numerous, condominiums, investment and development properties in Greater Boston and in the surrounding suburbs

In addition to representing Boston condo buyers and sellers, John is currently one of the most recognized Boston condo blog writers regarding Boston condominiums and residential real estate markets. John's insights and observations about the Boston condo market have been seen in a wide variety of the most established local & national media outlets including; Banker and Tradesman, Boston Magazine The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and NewsWeek and Fortune magazine, among others.


For over 24 years, John Ford, of Ford Realty Inc., has been actively involved in the real estate industry. He started his career in commercial real estate with a national firm Spaulding & Slye and quickly realized that he had a passion for residential properties. In 1999, John entered the residential real estate market, and in 2000 John Started his own firm Ford Realty Inc. As a broker, his clients have come to love his fun, vivacious, and friendly attitude. He prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to the entire home buying and selling process. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, he also works with rental clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Boston condo or rent an apartment, you’ll quickly learn why John has a 97% closing rate.


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