Although your home might need new paint, the impact of deep cleaning is not to be underestimated. From light fixtures to fireplaces and kitchens; from appliances to closets and floors to bathrooms, every corner from floor to ceiling deserves your attention. When your home shines, buyers are assured that your home has been well-maintained in all respects.
One of the major contributors to a cluttered home is having more furniture than is necessary for the space. Your home will "pop" and appear more spacious with fewer furnishings. Evaluate each of your belongings and ask yourself if it sparks joy and if the answer is no, discard the item.
A common misbelief is that rooms will feel larger if all the furniture is pushed against the walls. Instead furnish your space by floating furniture away from walls and by rearranging sofas and chairs into cozy conversational groups allowing traffic flow to pass through easily. Room
If you have a room which serves only as junk storage, transform it into an extra bedroom, studio or exercise room. Add to the value of your home with the simple addition of a comfortable armchair, a decorative table with lamp and an area rug creating a cozy reading niche.
One of the reasons professionally staged homes are warm and inviting is due to appropriate lighting. Many homes are lacking in one or more of the three sources of lighting: ambient (general or overhead), task (pendant, under-cabinet or reading) and accent (table and wall). Increase the wattage in your lamps and fixtures for a total of 100 watts per each 50 square feet to highlight your home.
Give yourself permission to rearrange furniture, artwork and accessories throughout your home. Just because you bought an armchair for the living room It can be relocated to your bedroom to anchor a sitting area. Or place a rarely used dining table in front of a window with a view; then accessorize with lamps, fresh flowers and candles to create a beautiful writing desk or library table.
Three Is Company:
When it comes to eye-pleasing accessory groupings, odd numbers are preferable, especially the number three. instead of placing a trio of accessories in a row, imagine a triangle and place one object at each point. In a group of three, it is eye-catching to vary height and volume, with the largest item behind the smaller one. Group accessories by color, shape, texture for the greatest impact.
Flowers from Your Garden:
Professionally staged homes are graced with fresh flowers in decorative vases for every room in the house. Budding magnolia clippings or unfurling fern fronds herald the arrival of spring and summer blooms add splashes of cheerful color. In the fall, marigolds warm your decor and cedar branches with their aroma fill the air in winter.
Hailey K. Nicols,
Interior Design Architect,
Professional Home Stager