4 Home Staging Tips from the International Home Show

Last weekend, ComFree Commonsense Network brokerage in Ontario was a sponsor and exhibitor of the International Home Show (read all about it here).

While at the show, we met two members of Interior Decor Resources Canada, Pina Andreoli from Gifted Design and Sarah Curcione  from Inspiring Interior Solultions. Pina and Sarah are professional decorators and we decided to ask them if they had any useful home staging tips for sellers.

Here’s what they had to say.

Home Staging Tips: Decluttering

No knickknacks in sight.

1. Decluttering and Depersonalizing for Successful Home Staging

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: Decluttering your home is key to successful home staging. Pina and Sarah could not agree more.

Pina recommended stowing away knickknacks to make spaces feel less cluttered. Sarah suggested taking down family photos to depersonalize the home for potential buyers.

The key is to make your home feel larger and to allow buyers to picture themselves and their families in the space.

Home Staging Tips: Neutral Colors

White makes spaces feel larger.

2. Neutralize Colors

This, says Sarah, is a key part of staging your home for sale. It’s about depersonalizing, so you want to tone down colors. If your walls are brightly painted, consider repainting them a more neutral color. Stick to beiges, taupes, whites and other soothing, neutrals.

If you don’t have the time to paint, or are unwilling to make the investment, another way to neutralize bright colors is to accessorize with neutral accents. Pina recommends using white throw pillows on brightly colored furniture, or switching colorful drapes for white or beige ones.

Lighter colors make a space feel larger, letting in more light. That can only be advantageous to your home sale!

3. Speaking of Light…

Eliminate dark corners of your living room or dining room to make your space look bigger. Especially with winter approaching and daylight hours being shorter, maximizing your lighting is vital to showing your home to advantage.

Sarah recommends removing dark and opaque window dressings, and even suggests adding a lamp here or there to make sure rooms are brightly lit and welcoming.

But beware! Bright lighting may reveal some problem areas that need work. If you spot them, Sarah says, deal with them. If anything looks run down, freshen it up so that you won’t be afraid to hit the light switch.

Home Staging Tips: Area Rugs

It may tie the room together but it also makes it feel smaller.

4. Home Staging Isn’t About Cozy

Home staging, Pina says, is probably the opposite of interior decorating. An interior decorator’s job is to make sure that the home and its furnishings reflect the owner and his or her character. Home staging is, as we said, about removing personality and making it easy for buyers to imagine themselves living there.

That’s why Pina suggests removing items that make a room feel cozy, such as large area rugs. Large rugs, to paraphrase the Dude, really tie a room together. But they have the added effect of making a space seem smaller than it is.

So Pina says, take up the rug and show off your beautiful floors.

Thank you Sarah and Pina!

We’d like to thank Sarah and Pina for graciously giving us these valuable tips for our home sellers. Check out their websites (links above) and if you’re moving into a new house in the Toronto, Barrie and greater Simcoe County areas, give them a call to help you make your house a real home.

To learn more about selling your home before the holidays, sign up for one of our free info sessions and learn how you can save thousands in commission.

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  1. Nancy says:

    Thanks for the article! I’ve been a landlord for almost 6 years and also want to share with you some experience. It’s better to make professional pictures of the house and make them during the day (the quality of photos is the first step to success). Clean your house. Before you do anything else, clean your house. Vacuum, dust, do whatever you have to do to get it sparkling clean. This will be the biggest factor in making a home look nice. Try to maximize the amount of space to make the rooms look bigger, bright and airy. Make sure that you are using the space in your home effectively. Rearrange furniture, replace large pieces with smaller ones, use smart storage solutions, and reduce the amount of furniture in a room to make the space seem larger and more functional. Hope, it’ll help someone! Good luck!

  2. Beth says:

    These are great home staging tips! Thank you for the post. I love the new ideas, very creative!

  3. Sandy says:

    Great points here, Jane, thanks very much. Prospects MUST be able to see themselves in the space that you show, not to bend to the previous owner’s style and furnishings. The same goes for a talented stager. As the realtor, you must be sure about what you want the prospect to see

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