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Picture yourself walking through an open house, waltzing in and out of rooms that one day might be yours. You enter the bedroom and bam: a wrinkled bedspread, coupled with a few much-too-large pieces of furniture, become an instant turnoff. You know none of the furniture would be in the room once you move in, but it’s clouding your vision anyway.
That’s exactly why home stagers exist: To help present a home in its best light, allowing buyers to envision themselves in it without any distractions. A properly staged room highlights the most attractive aspects of a space, while a poorly staged room can do the opposite. In order to uncover the secrets of making a bedroom look tidy, I talked to home staging experts from across the country. Here are the things they always do to make bedrooms look neater.
Clear Out the Clutter
No one likes clutter, and in home staging, it is nothing short of a sin.
“To help you organize your bedroom spaces for a tidier look and feel, you can start by storing away any non-decorative items and clutter,” says Trish Anne Van Vliet-Banning the lead in-house staging professional of Stuccco, a virtual staging an online interior design company. “Make sure you hide those unsightly cords,” she explains. “They do not add any appeal.”
Carol Smith, the founder of Creative Home Stagers, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, advises using small chests for side tables. “It enables you to use them for storage for various smaller things,” she says.
Likewise, she suggests the use of storage ottomans at the foot of a bed or on the side of chairs to store extra sheets, throws, and pillows. “In a lot of [primary bedrooms] there’s a place to sit, and if a bedroom has a side chair, we like to use a storage ottoman as a footstool or use a large basket next to the chair,” she says. “In that you can pile pillows or throws.”
Additionally, under-bed rolling storage units are also a great option to get an overflow of clothes, shoes, and handbags out of sight, according to Smith.
Eliminate Pieces, Rather Than Add Them
Minimalism is a key aspect of cleanliness and organization, especially when it comes to staging a room.
“I believe that less is more, so when I am doing a staging, putting things in a specific space is what makes things tidy,” says Dr. Sylvia Gholston, the franchise owner of Showhomes of Cobb in Cobb County, Georgia. “Too much furniture makes a place look small and cluttered.”
Instead, fewer pieces of furniture, strategically placed art, and repeating the colors used in the room help make a pleasing arrangement. “I don’t do all the extra. You don’t need 12 quilts — just a lamp, a small accessory on the table, and a tiny picture,” she says.
If the furniture is high end, there is even less need for accessories, she says: “If it’s a luxury bed, you don’t need a chest and a dresser; the bed stands alone.”
Tone Down the Color
When it comes to the colors used in a staging, it’s best to avoid anything too loud and noisy.
Instead, make your bedroom light, bright, and spa-like, according to Van Vliet-Banning. “Add white or light neutral colored bedding, with small pops of color to add interest and harmony,” she says.
And don’t forget to add some touches of greenery. “Greenery and white orchids always add that splash to make a space feel alive,” she advises.
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January 17, 2023 / Staging Tips
If you’re putting in the time and effort to bring decor into your staged home, you want to make sure it’s not working against you. Staging your home with art can be a great way to add personality and style to any space. It also helps to create a sense of warmth and makes a room feel more inviting to potential buyers. That’s why the correct artwork matters in home staging. However, artwork that doesn’t suit your home will work against the cohesive, elevated look you’re trying to create. Instead, it can make your decor feel chaotic, and make your space seem overwhelming.
Before you make a decision about the art you want to include, it’s crucial to keep a few key points in mind. Here are the elements that play a role in choosing the right artwork.
Photo by: Max Vakhtbovych
Your Home’s Features
The great thing about using appropriate artwork is that it can be used to highlight a home’s best features. This should always be your goal when staging your home. Take inventory of what you want buyers to notice about your home, and then see how you might enhance these features with art.
Think about where you want to focus your potential buyer’s eye. If a room is smaller, it’s best to focus on maximizing the space. Also consider how much natural and artificial light there is in a room when deciding what should be on display.
Photo by: Rachel Claire
Color, Style, and Size
Try to avoid art that is too loud or colorful.The kind of art you choose can either be helpful or cause too much distraction in a room. You don’t want it to be too busy. Think about which size would be best. Artwork that is too large can overpower the room, while artwork that is too small can be lost in the space.
If you’re overwhelmed by your options, keep in mind that abstract typically works well for staging. This is a general rule of thumb, but you can choose from different paintings or vibrant photographs. You just want to find something that suits the style of your home. Still, be mindful of using art that’s too modern or bold, as it can quickly steal the attention of your potential buyer.
Photo by: Rachel Claire
Height and Arrangement
Generally, artwork should be hung at eye level to have the greatest impact. The placement of your artwork can make a drastic difference in how it adds to a room. You can mix and match sizes and colors to create a more interesting visual, as long as they complement each other.
Think of how the artwork will fit with the furniture you’re using, and try to hang pieces that are sizes and shapes that work well with the overall decor. If you’re feeling creative, it can be great to create a carefully crafted gallery wall. You can do this by incorporating mirrors and other wall hangings.
There’s a ton of art out there, but your main focus should be to feature work that will impress everyone who steps into your home.
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