Almost everyone is familiar with Home Staging and the difference it can make when selling your home. Not everyone can afford to have a professional Home Stager, however, it is possible to make a difference just with items you already own.
New cushions in matching sets of two create a visual symmetry when placed on either end of your couch. Buying new cushion covers for existing cushions makes this an affordable change. IKEA and Crate and Barrel offer a wide selection of colors and textures. Think of coordinating the two, a solid colour behind a cushion that have pattern for interest. Place these pairs in each corner of your couch. A third set of coordinating pillows can be placed in your accent chairs. In winter months a thick woolen throw draped across the back of the couch or on an ottoman add texture and a cozy feel. This homeowner went a little crazy with the pillows, but you get the idea.
One common mistake is to have furniture pushed back against the walls of the space. Bring your furniture forward, making sure the front legs are on the area rug if you have one, this makes the space feel more intimate. Dark hardwood flooring is lightened by having a simple lighter coloured area rug. Design experts now say you can have a rug that fills the space, i.e. all furniture sits on it, a rug that the chair and sofa front legs only rest on it, or even a smaller rug that is just larger than your coffee table that matches the shape of the space. So go for a smaller rug for affordability, but I like the larger one for impact.
Finally, style your room with simple decor accents. Don’t get carried away, a clean design always looks more pleasing to a buyer. Style your coffee table using hard cover coffee table books, many can be found at the discount counter at Indigo or at Home Sense.
A tray or basket can pull together a grouping for smaller coffee tables like this one. It’s always great to add another metallic object of interest, like these silver antlers.
Always add an element from nature, whether it is a few branches or a bouquet of flowers. These twigs add height and interest. This is one of my favourite designs, simple and clean.
Adding simple bouquets of flowers always add a touch of beauty, especially on the day your home is being photographed. Just look what a simple bouquet of tulips does to add interest.
I’m showing you this same photo again to draw your attention to the colour scheme of all neutrals, greys and whites. Objects of varying heights were added to a simple basket to coordinate. This coffee table was styled underneath, but you can just as easily leave that space empty.
Fireplace mantels can look great with a large painting or mirror.
With today’s plethora of Home Staging, buyers often have high expectations of the houses they’re visiting. While those expectations may not be realistic, it can only help to try to make your home look like the home of their dreams. You’re not selling your house, you’re selling them a “dream”, they need to be able to imagine themselves living in your home. When your Buyers own home is cluttered and then they walk into a beautifully decorated house, those Buyers can’t help but imagine how awesome it would be to leave their mess behind and move into your home!
Finally, here is a great video that shows you with time-lapse how you could stage your home. While this video is not filmed in this country, many of the items bear an uncanny resemblance to our IKEA and Crate and Barrel shops.
I hope I’ve inspired you today, even if you’re not listing your home to sell you should try a few of these ideas. It’s a wonderful feeling to come home to a living room that looks fabulous.
If you are thinking about listing your home in the future and would love some suggestions to get it photo ready, just give me a call at our office 403-245-0773, I’d love to pop by.