GET RID OF ANYTHING YOU WON’T BE MOVING
Don’t let your unwanted odds and ends bring down your home’s value. If something isn’t worthy of moving to your new spot, it’s likely not worth staging with.
REMOVE DISTRACTING AND STYLE SPECIFIC ITEMS
Many buyers see cosmetic blemishes, like dated wallpaper and heavy curtains, and instantly lose interest. Maximize your audience with a crowd-pleasing, neutral style.
REMOVE PERSONAL CLUTTER
Many buyers get distracted by surface-level clutter and define their impression by this clutter. Remove the clutter, and you will also remove the distraction, allowing potential buyers to see your home for what it is.
REMOVE PERSONAL ITEMS
Again, removing personal elements will help buyers envision their potential life in your space. When doing this, envision a luxurious hotel room and aim for that cozy, homey, yet impersonal feel.
ADD SPECIFIC TOUCHES TO HELP BUYERS ENVISION THEIR POTENTIAL LIVES IN YOUR SPACE
For example, when appealing to families, stage a guest bedroom as another child’s room, or as a playroom, rather than as a home office.
SET THE AMBIANCE WITH FLOWERS
White hydrangeas, roses or peonies are my go-to classic picks. Flowers add that extra touch of homeyness and always convey good, positive feelings.
SELECT SIMPLE, YET RICH, THINGS
The best way to avoid cluttered displays, is to style with with simple, yet rich items. Our rule of thumb is to stay simple with the overall shape and rich with the material and texture. We say, avoid accessories with excessive, bold wording and anything too small that will get lost.
CHOSE A COLOR PALETTE
Chose a few colors that compliment each other, and use these colors, as well as the darker, and lighter tones of each color.
COLLECT TREASURES THAT TELL YOUR STORY
We believe that your home should tell your story. Next time you take a memorable adventure, bring home an attractive memento.
REPEAT ELEMENTS USED THROUGHOUT YOUR HOME
Seek out accessories made from the same elements used in your home. For example, if your kitchen counters are granite, be on the lookout for granite accessories that will tie your accessories to your home.
When designing your displays, include a well-rounded balance of different shapes. For example, balance a rectangular book with a round vase.
BALANCE HARD AND SOFT ELEMENTS
Hard elements include anything physically hard, like books, glass, ceramic, or metal, while soft elements are soft items made from fabric or natural materials— balance both and your space will feel more harmonious.
LAYER BACK TO FRONT, SIDE TO SIDE, AND TOP TO BOTTOM
Looking at your space from a bird’s eye view, balance items front to back, and side to side, to create a curated, layered look. Strive to equally balance the negative space all directions. Also, looking at your space straight on, balance heights so that tall and short items are dispersed evenly throughout.
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PULL IMAGES THAT CATCH YOUR EYE
Create a portfolio of images that speak to you. Start by taking photos of other people’s spaces, hotels, or restaurants, tear out pages from magazines, pull images for magazine websites, Google, and Pinterest. The goal here is creating a portfolio of inspiring imagery, however you go about creating it.
GATHER HARD COPIES AND CIRCLE COMPONENTS
Once you’ve gathered all your images, print all the digital images, so you that have hard copies of each image. Review each imagine, circling the exact things you like in each. Don’t think too hard about this step, follow your initial, gut instincts. Those moments you hesitate and try to define what you like, and why, you allow outside influence to creep in and influence your natural inclinations.
SORT YOUR IMAGES INTO CATEGORIES OF COMMONALITIES
Looking at the elements circled in each image, categorize images based upon commonalities. As you work through this step, your categories will change. Allow this to happen so that again, your likes are dictating the categories, without bias.
DEFINE SEARCH TERMS
Once you’ve defined your final categories in images, define each category in simple words. Pretend like you’re a child describing what you see. For example, if one of your categories is white, glossy, minimalistic furniture, write down words like white, simple, straight, boxy, shiny, basic, plain. Finally, combine these simple words into different combinations to create your search terms.
CREATE A INSPIRATION NOTEBOOK
As you move through your design project, there will be points where you’ll be overwhelmed and confused about what you like. Keep these initial, circled, images together in an inspiration notebook, to reference when you need direction.
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