|There are a few staging props that really earn their keep.|
Home staging that knocks the socks off buyers counts on many things: curb appeal, cleanliness, perceived value, move-in-readiness.
But it’s often the details that make a home memorable.
Generously-sized books are great, and leather bound ones are especially classy.
Buyers on home tours do browse book spines, so for this reason, stay away from controversial subjects or topics that aren’t mainstream (Chinese erotica, history of the occult…). Also avoid obviously dated sets like 1980’s World Book encyclopedias. But, don’t put out anything valuable or irreplaceable, either.
Bowl of Lemons
Think of lemons as the default dining room centerpiece, the perfect prop for completing a staged beverage bar of glassware, or the easiest way to dress up a foyer tabletop.
|All these lemons are fake. Who's to know? Yellow lemons seem to compliment any color scheme.|
|This beautiful bedroom by Tobi Farley demonstrates|
how important a set of tables lamps are for a balanced look.
Anytime a pair of anything is used as a decorating prop, there’s a sense of order and quality. Rooms done on a shoestring from castoffs lack the cohesiveness that twosomes add to a space.
A pair of table lamps in the bedroom or living room will help you pull off mismatched nightstands or side tables.
Don’t approximate this look by using two lamps that resemble each other; they must be identical twins.
The lamps should be placed close enough so that they are both visible in a glance, such as on either side of a couch or bed. Their shades should match, and they should both be on the same level.
|This lovely arrangement by Laura Liess shows how having|
matched pillows puts a finishing touch on the grouping.
I recommend pillows in colors that flow seamlessly with the color scheme of the room rather than oft-touted pops of color.
You can still have fun with geometrics, textural fabrics, dressmaker details, and animal prints.
Pillows add the custom details that give a room some interest and make a room look finished. They also suggest hominess and comfort.