Living Room Staging Ideas
Living Room Staging Ideas By Rubina Ratnakar
The shape and architecture of a room can guide you in successfully staging the living room. See space planning. When arranging furniture and accessorizing, you should be aware of function, flow and focal points. Balancing the furniture in your living room is critical to a successful staging. For tips on creating good balance, see arranging furniture.
Keep traffic areas open for good flow. A traffic pattern is the natural flow of people traveling through a space, the paths in and out of a room and the areas where you walk the most. In carpeted rooms, you will often see a lot of wear in the carpet where the traffic patterns occur. With proper space planning, there should be enough room for people to travel comfortably in and around the furniture or through the room.
It’s important to establish your traffic pattern before you begin staging the living room. Watch out for door swings and windows; you will need room for opening and closing them. You should have a comfortable 24” of space in which to maneuver in and around furniture.
Identify the focal points
The mirror over the fireplace immediately captures your attention
A focal point is a feature that captures the eye as you immediately walk into a room. Focal points should be highlighted in every room of your house when staging your home for sale. Your goal is to enhance and draw attention to these special features so that home buyers will fall in love with your house. Furniture and accessories should be arranged to draw attention to focal points. A bold or lovely focal point will also distract home buyers from seeing the flaws in your home. Some living rooms will have more than one focal point. How do you decide which focal point to embrace? Where does your eye go first when you enter a room? Empty out the room that you are working on.
You may be confused if you find more than one focal point in the same room. Look for the predominant one– it may be the largest and most dramatic element in a room. If in doubt, ask a friend for help.
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