Author Archives: Shar Sitter

About Shar Sitter

Shar is an award winning Designer and Home Stager and the owner of 'Rooms With Style' and the 'Certified Staging and Redesign Acadamy.' She has been in the design industry for over 25 years and her background includes studies in Interior Design as well as Horticulture to assist with your home’s curb appeal. Shar has a talent for taking simple things; placing them in their best light and making them shine.

Taking A Look At the Amount of Furniture in a Room

On my previous blog discussing Furniture Placement, I talked about how furniture needs to float in a room. In order to do that, many times furniture pieces need to be removed.

When a Home Stager comes into your home there is almost always the suggestion to remove clutter. A key factor to a room looking cluttered isn’t just the little items but also having too much furniture. A room with too much furniture can look weighed down and smaller than it actually is. A buyer doesn’t know what to look at and there is not a key focal point for their eyes to land on.

Too many chairs

Many times I see too many chairs or too many large pieces taking up to much room.

One piece or many pieces may need to be removed and placed elsewhere in the home or placed in storage. The buyer needs space to walk around each room and easily see the fireplace, a built-in bookcase or walk to the window to see the landscaping.

 

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Furniture pieces that hold cherished collections such as curio cabinets and hutches are most often recommended to be removed.

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Not only does their removal open up the space but they are personal in nature. This curio cabinet in the corner on the left photo was not needed and your eye went to that versus the fireplace.

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This hutch and decorative screen on the left made the room feel closed in. Removing them opened up the room and made it feel more spacious.

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Letting a buyer see themselves in your home versus personal items that make them feel like they are in your home is so important.

If you need assistance with the furniture pieces that could be removed to assist in the sale of your home, contact a Home Staging Professional.

 

Selling? Furniture Placement is Key!

One of the things I look at closely during a Home Staging Consultation is furniture placement. It is an element that is so important in just about every room.

As I meet with people, there seems to be a common belief that in order to make the room look as large as possible, push all  your furniture back to the walls. That just is not true. I would say in 90% of the rooms at least some, if not all, furniture pieces should be floating in the room away from the walls.

 

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Living room areas should be arranged into cozy conversation groupings.  A definitive traffic flow pattern should be obvious to the potential buyer walking through your home.

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Whenever possible beds should  not be jammed against a wall, no matter how small the room, but rather have space to walk around them.

 

Office desks may also be best floating in the middle of a room versus pushed against a wall.

 

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Furniture arrangement isn’t easy. It’s one of the things my students struggled with as I trained them with hands-on exercises to become a Certified Home Stager. So if you need help with an expert eye please reach out to a professional Home Stager.

 

 

People Want More Green!

Although green money may also be what people want, I am talking about the green you find in nature. A study done by Ikea internationally found that people want more access to nature and predict homes will become lighter and greener.

We have seen the trend toward light and bright for a couple years now. The deep dark heavy colors throughout a home has gone by the wayside. People are renovating their homes and building homes with more and larger windows, paint colors are very light as is flooring.

Outdoor living spaces are key and you see many roof top terraces in condominium complexes as well as hotels and restaurants.

You don’t need to do a complete remodel to bring in earthy elements. A fresh coat of paint can lighten your home and greenery can bring the outside in.

 

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I am dating myself but I remember as a kid when homes were filled with greenery everywhere. And I mean everywhere! Walls, tops of kitchen cabinets, every nook and tabletop. And it was bad plastic greenery.

I don’t think we will get back to those days but greenery is definitely in vogue and the ‘fake’ plants look so real now it is sometimes hard to tell the difference. If you are updating to sell or stay…considering bringing in some updated greens, in a subtle way.

 

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Places like Ikea, Target, and Hobby Lobby have great greenery.

 

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Don’t overdue, less is more. But putting greens into your home is a good idea. Let us know if we can help in any way!