If you watch a lot of HGTV (or accept apparent the Amy Adams rom-com “Leap Year”), affairs are you’ve apparent the abracadabra that home stagers can assignment on a place. These experts can transform spaces and accomplish alike the best unsellable houses sell.
So naturally, they are abounding of abundant home decorating advice. HuffPost asked a cardinal of able home stagers for their top adornment tips ― from emphasis walls to tabletop design ― for accustomed non-experts aloof attractive to accomplish our spaces feel added inviting.
Here’s what they shared:
1. Accomplish your bed a sanctuary.
“Making your bed can be a chore, whether abode or selling. The key to authoritative it feel comfortable and hotel-like is simple aback application brittle white linens and beefy bedding and pillows. Plump, beginning white bedding is accessible to acquisition at best aloft home appurtenances food (can be a bed in a bag or a comforter and bedding and brittle sheets) and afresh artlessly layering in two or three of the aforementioned emphasis pillows in front, which is accessible to change seasonally.” ― Karen Otto, arch staging administrator at HomeStar Staging
“In the adept bedroom, actualize a annual attending application a comforter or bedding in a solid blush or attenuate pattern; put accommodating pillow shams on the bed pillows and add addition adorning pillow or two for an adapted look.” ― Maureen Bray, buyer of Allowance Solutions Staging
2. Aroma matters.
“Splurge on a abundant ambrosial candle. This isn’t breadth you can go bargain ― aroma is everything. Done right, they accomplish a allowance feel balmy and inviting.” ― Joni Rentz, co-founder and architecture administrator of StylHaus
3. Mirrors accomplish a difference.
“Brighten and amplify the ablaze in a allowance with mirrors on walls opposing ablaze sources. I adulation mirrors because they bifold the beheld aboveboard footage of any room. Adhere a alternation of three or four mirrors adverse a window to reflect the admission ablaze as able-bodied as the view.” ― Cheryl Eisen, architect and CEO of Interior Marketing Group
4. Don’t balloon the lights.
“To set the appropriate mood, add dimmers on all of your lights. Bright isn’t consistently right.” ― Rentz
“Lighting ― table lamps, chandeliers, etc. ― brings a lot of appearance into a room! Go BIG vs. abate table lamps!” ―Kathy Burke, architect of Sensational Home Staging
“Replace anachronous ablaze accessories in the capital apartment of your home to accomplish it feel added inviting; use high-wattage bulbs in lamps and ablaze accessories for best effect.” ― Bray
5. Anticipate about texture.
“Layer and mix textures to actualize beheld interest. For instance, add textured pillows and a fur bandy to actualize an agreeable sofa.” ― Rentz
6. Go big with your art.
“Bigger is bigger aback it comes to art. Large canvases add a account to any allowance and can alike accomplish bank amplitude arise larger.” ― Eisen
“Paint an emphasis wall. It not alone adds a focal point to a allowance but can action as a abundant accomplishments for artwork.” ― Rentz
“Wondering where’s the best abode to adhere art or added bank decor? Centermost it aloft whatever appliance is beneath it (sofa, sideboard, broiler mantle, dresser, or animate table) and accomplish abiding that the mean of the art is about 60 inches from the floor.” ― Bray
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7. Apparel can actualize an apparition of height.
“Create the apparition of college ceilings with simple floor-ceiling drapes. Plain, white sheers can go a continued way on a budget, but accomplish abiding they’re abashed properly. Apparel should alpha all the way at the beam and aloof kiss the floor.” ― Eisen
8. Don’t discount bathrooms.
“Add beautifully bankrupt creamy white towels, eucalyptus, a beefy bar of soap and a few, able-bodied chosen, adorning items to actualize a spa atmosphere.” ― Rentz
9. Try article quirky.
“Find a altered allotment of appliance and accomplish it a ‘corner aberration moment.’ For example, a Danish, mid-century copse armchair with a fur covering draped over it adds a akin of actuality to a design. You don’t appetite your amplitude to attending like a ‘set’ or a appliance showroom.” ― Eisen
10. Beneath is more.
“De-clutter and de-stress. Too abounding items on coffee tables, pillows on chairs and art pieces on walls accomplish a amplitude feel cramped. Stick to a few account pieces and billowing art to accord your allowance a clean, avant-garde look.” ― Eisen
“Less is consistently more! In added words, advertise your personality and appearance through carefully placed accessories and art, and abstain accidental clutter.” ― Florence Attinger, arch of the San Francisco staging and architecture aggregation at Studio D
11. Consider color.
“To add new activity to your basement areas, use some new bandy pillows in colors that accompaniment the art or bank adornment on adjacent walls.” ― Bray
“Trying to get a pop of blush in your amplitude and it never feels absolutely right? Try application one blush emphasis three times in the room! The eye artlessly campaign in a amplitude and aback you backpack a blush through the room, whether it be in the rug, art, pillows or décor accents, it about consistently works and feels right.” ― Otto
12. Float your furniture.
“If a allowance aloof doesn’t ‘feel’ right, it apparently isn’t. We generally advance appliance adjoin walls to actualize what we feel is a added ample environment, but it absolutely ends up activity like a cat-and-mouse allowance and not actual accessory for conversations. Instead of bank hugging, try amphibian your furniture.
Find a axial point in the allowance (often about the fireplace, beneath a beam fan, or if you must, about the TV area). If you accept solid apparent floors like copse or tile, I would acclaim accepting an breadth rug no beneath than 6’x9’ in size. The appropriate calibration breadth rug will arena the amplitude and the furniture. Ballast a coffee table in the centermost point of the rug and accumulate your appliance about it abrogation at atomic 18 inches amid the bendable appliance and the coffee table. You may accept to accept a beyond allotment of appliance to ballast the coffee table on if your accoutrement don’t all assignment at that distance. It is altogether adequate to abode the advanced anxiety of the bendable appliance on the rug and the aback anxiety off!” ― Otto
13. Acrylic and repaint.
“A beginning covering of acrylic is bargain (and DIY-friendly), but the aftereffect can be HUGE in the way a amplitude looks and feels.” ― Attinger
“Walls that are afresh corrective in a aloof blush will appearance off your appliance and bank adornment to their best advantage (and additionally accomplish the abode feel well-maintained). Painting the copse trim about baseboards, doors and windows additionally makes the amplitude added appealing, abnormally aback application white acrylic to adverse with the bank color.” ― Bray
14. Go aloof for staples.
“Go with neutrals for those ample pieces ― sofas, beds, rugs, lamps, etc. You can add color/interest/drama with your art and accessories. … Clients absorb a affluence on a bright-colored or awful august daybed that they are annoyed of in three years. When you’re annoyed of the ‘look’ you accept but not over-invested, you can, on a budget, accommodate your attending afresh with art and accessories. Accept a new blush or a new style. It’s easy, fun and not expensive!” ― Burke
15. Don’t be abashed of the dark.
“Strategically application aphotic acrylic and aphotic pieces will not alone add abyss to a space, but additionally actualize affection and drama.” ― Eisen
16. Customize your furniture.
“Custom appliance can be easy. Add your own handles, acrylic and alike altered legs to accustomed pieces to accomplish custom items at an affordable price.” ― Eisen
17. Actualize centerpieces.
“Odd numbers aphorism for designing to dwell, or staging to sell. For tablescapes, accumulate it simple if you don’t appetite too abundant being out, and bethink the numbers one and three. You can use one acceptable calibration allotment or three of the exact aforementioned blazon adornment pieces (think succulents in ambrosial planters, hurricanes [candle holders] or a ample brownish bowl). These are easy, affordable centerpieces, whether it’s for your dining allowance or coffee table, and these can be afflicted seasonally too.” ― Otto
“When creating a centerpiece for your tables, alpha with a tray and baddest three altar of capricious heights: a album book or two, a plant, and an absorbing article assignment able-bodied together. Ample coffee-table books additionally assignment able-bodied aback two or three of them are ample on a coffee table.” ― Bray
18. Let the sunshine in.
“Swap out heavy, dark, or anachronous window coverings with simple panels that let added ablaze into your rooms; the amplitude will feel beyond and added appealing.” ― Bray
19. Mix aerial and low.
“Not aggregate needs to be bought cast new or accept a artist characterization on it. In fact, acceptable architecture is all about balance; and sourcing from all altered places and amount credibility will accumulate your amplitude activity accurate and inviting.” ― Attinger
20. Acquisition afflatus from experts.
“I anticipate the best important admonition one can accord for accustomed bodies is chase the experts ― the aces home adornment publications such as Elle Decor, World of Interiors, Architectural Digest, etc. ― so you get a feel for what is admirable architecture from a array of altered styles. Everyone has their own attending or vibe. Acquisition a artist you like, and see what their access is.” ― Nahila Chianale, buyer and arch artist at NCC Luxe
21. Ask for help.
“I anticipate there is a lot to apprentice from the internet. Use it as a apparatus to advice you learn. But never buy things online as a non-professional ― 99.9 percent of the time, you will be aghast or the accommodation are wrong. Go into the showrooms and ask for help.” ― Chianale
Responses accept been agilely edited for accuracy and style.
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