Staging Small Homes to Sell or Enjoy

Staging Small Homes to Sell or Enjoy

Small space staging packs a big punch! Even in an empty home, a strategically placed potted plant, countertop accessories or art can create focus and help the buyer recognize a space's potential.

Here are some helpful tips:

Use mirrors to fool the eye and bring light into the room. A mirror in the foyer that reflects the outdoors makes the space seem bright and fresh.

If you have one very small bedroom among the rooms in your house, don't try to cram bedroom furniture into it. Stage it as an office or an exercise room instead. But if you need it as a bedroom, consider moving your chest of drawers into the closet to open up some bedroom space. If possible, set your mirrored dresser opposite the bed and center the mirror with the bed. This visual trick makes the room seem larger.

You can enhance that visual trick by painting the wall behind your bed with a vivid color. If the other walls are a more neutral color, your eye is drawn to the accent wall, making the room seem larger. Voila!

Lighting is everything. A harsh overhead bulb might call attention to the smallness of a space, whereas a strategically placed lamp with a low-wattage bulb changes the space from small to "cozy." And don't forget about natural light. Tilt the blinds open or push the curtains back neatly- even if the view isn't optimal.

Strive to find the center of a space and build around it. Symmetry and balance work wonders on a small space. Pairing two chairs with a single ottoman in between them might make a small area seem more spacious than stuffing the room with a bulky sofa.

Hide computer cables and cords. This sounds like a minor thing, but the visual clutter of electronic wires can be an eyesore. Make an effort to untangle and conceal them for a more polished look.

Here's the most important tip of all: reduce clutter. The less stuff you have in your space, the larger the space will feel. It's worth the effort to spend some time and money on this project by purging the stuff you don't need and organizing and neatly storing the stuff you do need. Donate the stuff you don't need to charity or have a garage sale.

Taking the time to draw attention to positive focal points and enhance them is well worth the effort when prepping your home for viewing by potential buyers ... or just enjoying it while you live there.

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