Whether you're getting ready to sell your home, or you just want to give it a little "lift," these tricks by home stagers can help your place look well put together.
Full-length curtains are a great way to make your room look bigger than it actually is. If you mount your curtains at the ceiling level, your eyes will be drawn upwards and they add another layer of framing to the windows. As a general rule, your curtains need to be touching the floor - else they will look cheap and incomplete.
Large Area Rugs
According to Cheryl Eisen, a New York-based home stager, “The bigger the area rug, the bigger the home will feel.” Adding a large area rug to a room, adds layers of color and framing to help make the room feel more dynamic and elegant. Make sure that you have a rug large enough to hold all of your furniture. And typically - the more traditional styles of rugs really make a room seem more expensive and exotic.
Crown Molding/ Trim
A deep crown molding can add architecture to a room that has little, and it draws the eye upward in much the same way curtains hung at ceiling height do. It can make your room look larger than it actually is while adding elegance.
Hit up your local fabric store, where you can often find beautiful scraps for a discount—usually 60% to 90% off what it would cost if you purchased yardage off a bolt on the floor. Then find a tailor on Craigslist—it is estimated that you can expect to pay $10 to $20 per pillow, depending on the size.
Resist the urge to hit up Bed Bath & Beyond for an anonymous beachscape, though—experts agree that the best art has personal significance. Check out secondhand shops and estate sales for pieces with a backstory. If you're on a budget, get creative and do it yourself (all you need is a giant canvas from an art supply store and the medium of your choice).
Second-hand heirloom-quality pieces
The inlaid wood of an old dresser, the unique shape of a vintage chandelier, and the patina on an antique metal cabinet are unmistakably beautiful, timeless, and often never confused with something picked up at chain-store. These pieces can be repainted, have the knobs replaced, and really help you define a room.
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