Stylish home staging happens when something unforgettable sets your home apart.
It happens when some unique quality becomes almost palpable.
It happens when something makes people respect your home.
Stylish home staging is like stylish dressing. It doesn't depend on trends or what’s current. It's about what looks and feels good on a visceral level. It's about people's gut reactions to your property.
1. Add Something Unique
But when everything is generic, ho hum takes over. In the staged home, mass marketed furnishings are safe because the manufacturer or the store have already researched to discover what the market wants, or they've actually created that market.
Maybe it’s a hand-decorated dresser or an exotic bedspread you brought back from Mexico.
Maybe it’s a Windsor chair painted red instead of the customary black.
Maybe it’s a gallery wall of dog portraits, or a driftwood-framed mirror.
Ask yourself, "What do I have that no one else has?"
If you have doubts about some of your home staging being too quirky or distracting, limit these touches to just that -- finishing touches. It's best if the basic infrastructure that conveys with the house -- walls, doors, fixtures, appliances, and built-ins -- stay with current fashions. Home buyers do not want to paint over your chartreuse walls and replace all those cute unmatched doorknobs.
“Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.” -- Gore Vidal
|This hand-painted chest is a statement piece. It says that the home was|
decorated with taste, love and attention. Photo: Porte Italia via Decorating Diva.
Or a fluffy rug in front of your leather sofa.
Or Lucite lamps on an antique wooden desk.
|Never fear mixing styles. In this bedroom, a formal chair sits on one side of the room|
but a much more casual wicker loveseat sits at the foot of the bed. Photo: BHG
Get rid of the small stuff.
Decorate with large items. That includes upholstered pieces you want to sink into, pillows at least 24 inches square, drapery panels more than twice the width of the window, oversized table lamps on well-proportioned tabletops, man-sized art, and supersized floral arrangements. Nothing ditzy!
“A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” -- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
“Do it big, do it right, and do it with style.” -- Fred Astair
|Simplifying the right way: This sleek sofa and a pair of matching campaign chests |
help the room look clean. And the other furnishings
are kept to a minimum, using texture to keep it all interesting. Photo:hgtv
You'll find more advice like this in my $4.99 eBooks about decorating and staging your own home. I offer three -- DIY Home Staging, No-Sew Window Treatments, and Furniture Arranging -- all immediately downloadable.
“God is really only another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephant and the cat. He has no real style, He just goes on trying other things.” -- Pablo Picasso
|Photo: BHG. Top Photo: Megan Winters|