STAGE TO SELL
Staging a space with the right furniture, artwork and floor treatments can build a lot of value when you are selling your home. This is typically done to optimize space, and show interested buyers how big or how functional a room can be. Why do we only do this to SELL a home... what about living in it?!?!
Minimize and arrange knick knacks in odd groupings (3, 5 or 7)
Use bright colors for accents such as flowers, pillows, throws
Bring in plants to liven up the space
Arrange furniture in vignettes to create conversation areas
Use smaller sofas and chairs to make the room appear larger
WHY NOT - STAGE TO STAY?
If staging a space can help people sell their homes, why not use this same methodology for your home?
We all hate clutter - we all want more space, and it can be done with little effort. Look around your living room and ask yourself, "what can I take out of room and never miss?". Do you have a bookcase that only seems to exist for you to dust, or to display your (eek) DVD's? Do you have a bench or additional seating in the room that NO ONE ever seems to use? How about wall treatments - do you have too much 'stuff' of the wall?
Minimalism; obviously, the less stuff you have, the easier it is to clean. However, you still want your space to be personal, not cold, and comfortable, not formal. Being too minimal can be off putting, but the other extreme is being too cluttered. By applying these methods in your central living spaces (dining room, kitchen and living room), you won't just create the illusion of space, you will create space.
A great tip for staging a room with minimalism and comfort in mind, is to think of your rooms purpose or utility. Focus your design around the reason you use the space; design it by taking everything away, and slowly adding what you need until that purpose is met. With Spring Cleaning in full effect, try staging a room in your home with these simple principles in mind. See if the room stays cleaner throughout the first week, and if it was easier to maintain.
Staging is a great way to make your home look it's best when selling. Why not make it look that way for you and your family to enjoy?
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