Home Staging for Living

‘Staging for Selling’ and ‘Staging for Living’ are two very different undertakings with opposite outcomes!

‘Staging for Living’ is the art of using your existing furnishings and accessories, to create a warm and inviting space while enhancing the architectural features of the room.

The following is an overview of the steps to be considered in the process.

(1) Atmosphere
- a project begins by determining the ‘feel’ of the space the homeowner wants to create.
- will it be classical or contemporary?
- will the space be a retreat or is it the ‘hub’ of the home?

(2) Floor Plan
- now we get creative.  Establishing an optimal floor plan and determining the function of the room is equally important as making it look good.
- is there an avid reader in the family? Then, a comfy armchair, footstool and reading light will be required.
- does someone in the family watch TV in the bedroom? Possibly an upholstered headboard should be considered.

(3) Fabric

- next comes choosing fabric, looking for a new angle or fresh look, finding a pattern or colour combination my client will like.

- tones of the furniture should be considered.

- what colours are in the countertop? Draw from these colours to use for the drapes and accent cushions.

(4) Accessories
- create vignettes.

- adding a lamp or end table with a single painting overhead creates interest.

- a comfy chair with a large floor plant behind it and a side table for a favorite book will look welcoming.
- reduce the number of objects on tables and counter tops.

- any room in your house looks best uncluttered. Every piece must have a function.

(5) Color
- paint colour should be one of the last decisions you make.
- color plays an important role in how comfortably the room is perceived.
- the purpose of paint is to make the items in a room look beautiful.

- pick a palette, and keep within that colour range.

- it doesn’t have to be beige, but it must be cohesive to have a unified look to the space.
- neutral coloured walls quickly become a neutral background when you add a rich mosaic drapery or a large framed print, tapestry or painting.

(6) Draw Attention To Focal Points
- how to you make your room more unified and balanced? Draw attention to the main focal points such as the view or the fireplace.
- create good balance by ensuring the furniture is evenly distributed around the room in relation to the focal points of the room.
- in large open spaces, float furniture within the space.

- consider angling some pieces, to add more visual interest and to maximize the view from the seating positions.
- in small spaces, with open concept living and dining, the dining table should complement other tables in the living area (wood, metal, glass, light or dark tones).
- mix and match seating is very popular and creates a casual, eclectic look in small spaces. Backless seats or benches take up less visual space.

- cushions add comfort and color, while dressing up the space.

- link the colors or patterns with the living room sofa or chairs.
- a room makeover usually takes only one day and the results can be incredibly dramatic! You can freshen up a tired room without purchasing any new furnishings or accessories.

HOME STAGING by ME can ease your decision making. Every consultation is tailored to your individual needs.
“We can do as much or as little as you want.”