I thought I'd share a couple of before and afters of a recent residential staging project and let you know my tricks of the trade.
These are before pictures of a home office. Located right off the entry, it's one of the first rooms one would see after entering the front door.
Tip #1: Remove all personal photos.
Tip #2: Remove all unnecessary items (in this case, the treadmill, and the dated looking desk and chairs)
Tip #3: Create a furniture and flow plan for the space. I often think of the best possible use of the space and then design a plan around that. In this case, I saw the room as a wonderful home office opportunity, providing a place to have client meetings, or for family to relax as another sitting area.
Here it is after:
Tip #4: Add color with art and accessories. Bright colorful items look great in photography and can help a potential home buyer 'remember' the space. NOTE: Most people look at homes online FIRST -- so make sure your photos look bright and cheerful!
While I would have loved to have painted the walls in this room and added window treatments, it was outside of the current homeowners' budget.
But, the colors in the art, pillows and tablescape provide enough pop for this room.
The living room is at the front of the home, and here it is before:
Tip #5: Use similar colors in staging each room to create a visual flow.
Here's the living room after:
Tip #6: Less is more. Don't overfill the space, or over decorate bookshelves, niches, walls and tables. Keep it simple and artful.
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