Staging Basics: The Living Room

Living RoomIf you are trying to sell your home, it’s important to note, a house almost always makes a stronger impression on buyers when it is furnished. With that being said, leaving your house furnished as-is is not always enough, even if you are sure to tidy up before showings. Staging is an important topic to think about as a seller. When done properly, it can really help highlight the functionality and livability of your home for potential buyers. This can be especially important for the living room, which many people think of as the heart of a home. Below are a few tips to take into consideration when it comes to staging this area:

1. Create a focal point.

In most cases, a fireplace or entertainment center will serve as the focal point of the room. Centering your furnishings around this point will help the room feel more pulled together. And remember, if you do have a fireplace, be sure to highlight this desirable architectural feature rather than choosing to center the room around the television. While this may not entirely suit your day-to-day lifestyle, staging is meant to draw attention to the features of the home itself.

2. Don’t feel limited by walls.

While it may seem there are only a certain amount of furniture arrangement options based on wall space, don’t be afraid to pull pieces away from the wall. Having all the furniture pushed up against the wall can be awkward and limiting, depending on the layout of your house. By getting more creative with staging, you can make the space feel larger and more defined.

3. Choose neutral paint colors and furnishings.

Keeping things neutral is important when trying to appeal to as many potential buyers as possible. Keep this in mind when choosing large furniture pieces and paint colors for staging. If your personal design tastes are a bit bolder, you may want to look into renting some furniture for the room while your house is on the market. Of course, some color is definitely a positive and can make the space feel more warm and inviting. Accent colors can be brought in with throw pillows or flowers, for example.

4. Take down personal photos and knickknacks.

Too many personal items can make it hard for buyers to envision themselves living in the space. For this reason, it is important to limit the number of personal photos, collections, and mementoes that are out on display. Instead, neutral art work, such as nature or architectural photography, can work great.

5. Place accessories in odd-numbered groups.

Once you have packed up any excess knickknacks, you can use more neutral décor items to give the space but warm, but still uncluttered, feeling. When doing so, remember that accessories placed in odd-numbered groupings are most aesthetically pleasing, especially in threes. If you are unsure about what is too much and what is too little when it comes to staging accessories, be sure to ask your realtor for advice.

6. Think about lighting.

If your home has great natural light, be sure to work this to your advantage by opening the blinds and drawing the curtains before any open houses or showings. In cases where there is less natural light or there will evening showings, having multiple light sources throughout the room can really add dimension to the space. This could include a combination of overhead lighting, floor lamps, and table lamps, for example.

All of these ideas can help you to create a space that feels livable and desirable to buyers. This is especially important in a room that, for many families, is a focal point in the home. For more tips on home staging, please check back next week!



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