Some people really have a knack for decorating, visualizing space, and creating that instant home-y feel, like they have been in a space for years when its only been a few weeks. Others really struggle in this area, and sometimes don’t even know where to begin. No matter which side of the fence you fall on or if you’re somewhere in between, its always nice to have a little guidance. When it comes to staging, we always talk about the importance of straightening up and ‘de-personalizing’ your space, you still want it to feel warm, welcoming and inviting, not cold and sterile, which is why adapting Real Simple’s tips for “foolproof decorating” and applying them to staging will go a long way in helping you get your space ready to list. Whether you’re struggling with furniture layout, a welcoming entry, or adding the right accessories, these tips are sure to steer you in the right direction!
- Palette math: Choose one color for 60 percent of the room, a second color for 30 percent, and a third color that’s brighter than the others for the remaining 10 percent.
- A spot to sit + mirror + table (or shelf) = instant “finished” foyer.
- Switch up shapes. If the bulk of your living-room furniture is boxy, choose a round coffee table, ottoman, or side tables for balance.
- The ideal coffee table is two-thirds as wide as the sofa and a couple of inches lower than the seats (typically 14 to 16 inches high).
- Instead of installing them directly above the window, hang curtains high—between the ceiling and the top of the window—and your space will feel a lot loftier. (And don’t let the bottoms pool. They should just graze the floor.)
- Mount a mirror opposite a window. It’s the best way to bounce light around and create the illusion of a bigger room.
- A rug should never float in the middle of a floor. Place it under at least the front feet of a chair, a couch, or a bed to anchor it.
- Throw-pillow math: two 20-inch square pillows in a matching bold pattern, one on each end of the sofa; two 16-inch pillows in a coordinating solid color, overlapping the square pillows; and one lumbar with a subtle pattern (like a pinstripe) in the middle.
- You’ll never mess up pattern mixing if you combine bold, large-scale prints with subtle, smaller-scale prints in complementary colors.
- Think in threes. Similar-sized accessories on a shelf or a table look better grouped in odd numbers. Even amounts can feel too uniform and stiff.
Tips from RealSimple.com “10 Simple Rules to Foolproof Decorating” by Stephanie Sisco
Try these simple tricks to get your home looking fresh and professionally staged in no time! These are also great tips for making budget friendly updates in your home that will really elevate the space! These tips and tricks will have you flipping your space like a pro in no time!