This article comes from The Spruce.
When you hear the phrase “home staging,” it’s likely that one specific scenario springs to mind: making a home look appealing to potential buyers. But staging a home doesn’t have to be just about preparing a space for prospective owners. We spoke with two top real estate agents on what they’ve learned about staging a home and how we can all incorporate these tips into our daily lives.
It turns out that while neutral paint and decluttering your home are key in prepping a space, there is so much more to staging than you might realize.
Furniture placement is very important, as it literally dictates how people move through a space.
A super clean house is key for staging, but even that can’t save you from feeling visually cluttered. When designing a room, consider how your furniture placement dictates exactly how you move through your home. Placing a sofa perpendicular to the doorway to an adjoining room can visually lead people ahead. While positioning it parallel to the opening can create the sense of a barrier.
While it’s common practice to remove personal belongings for staging, you can still keep your personality. When staging a home, always include some seasonally appropriate details—something as simple as fruit or flowers on a countertop can set the tone. For example, apples for fall, quince for winter, or tulips for spring.
These details have the added benefit of giving prospective buyers the chance to [look] forward to the experiences they will have. But even if you’re not selling, this is a great way to enhance a space while allowing room for small changes and updates all year long. Rich, cozy color palettes with lighter accents are ideal for the cooler months, but I move toward lighter colors across the board in spring.
Mixing wood tones can be a challenge to pull off successfully, and an overabundance of mix-matched wood is something to fix.
Luckily, it’s a common problem with a fairly easy solution. Many homes, especially historic ones, have wood floors, wood cabinets and trim, and wood furniture… all in different shades. It can be an overpowering amount of the same material! Paint the walls or cabinets a light color to neutralize the overall look.
A lot of homes have rectangular rooms, lined with rectangular windows with rectangular panes. This is all enhanced with boxy furniture, and that’s often where homeowners go wrong.
In situations like this, it’s all about softening the angles. Add circular coffee tables, round mirrors, and plush furniture with organic shapes. It creates a great balance.
The front door and curb appeal are critical. Clean up your landscaping, [give] your front door a fresh coat of paint, and be bold with color. [Add fresh] mulch, trim the garden, add some flowers or a potted plant and change the door hardware if needed.
When it comes to staging a home, it’s easy to pick out the big things that need changing, like carpeting or paint colors. However, smaller accents play a huge role in the feel of a space, too. Dated light fixtures and draperies make a room feel tighter and smaller. An easy fix can be removing heavy cornices, balloon curtains, or dark draperies that keep out the light. This can brighten up the room and make it feel larger.
If you prefer a moody space, you can still create a more welcoming vibe. For a darker, cozy feel, just removing some oversized furniture can make a room feel more airy, giving it a more open feel. Lighten up the rug color and some light-neutral accessories.
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