We are selling a mid-range price house in the midwest. Most of our furnishings are tradition or antiques (the kind you inherit, not the kind you buy for $$$$). The house is very large, with a walk-out lower level, is well maintained, has hardwood, tile, and carpeted floors, granite counters, and soaring ceilings in several rooms, with huge offices for professional couple, and a guest suite with accessible features and a kitchenette, about 4000 finished sf plus large storage and work areas on two floors. Walls are painted off-white, creamy yellow, deep red, pumpkin brown, salmon, and medium grayish blue.
Our real estate broker hates our furniture, insists we paint all the walls tan, says the antiques make our 7-yr.-old house look "old" and are turning off our buyers. She has removed all oriental rugs, anything that resembles flowers, has hidden one flowered-skirted sofa and would like to get rid of another that is presentable but out of style.
We have installed some new light fixtures in the now-demanded bronze to replace "hideous" solid brass, and put in new blinds at our broker's request. If we get rid of all the things she imagines to be antiques, we will have no place to eat, sleep, or sit in the house when we are there (we have partially moved to our new, distant, location). So emptying the house is, for a while, not feasible.
Since all other houses in our price range, and above, have similar furnishings to ours, I am trying to figure out how to appeal to the buyer who thinks we should have modern, brown furniture he/she likes, even though we're not selling the furniture.