Staging for life is really all about honestly evaluating the things you already own and a space as it is and rearranging for better results. There should be very little need to purchase much if anything to re-stage your space.
Sometimes, however, a small investment can make a huge impact. Schneiderman’s can help with this process. Our designers are happy to work with you even if your initial purchase is modest. There are some ‘little’ pieces that can make a huge difference.
1. A high-impact accessory. Most people leave accessories to the last and some never get around to thinking about a room’s accessories at all. While you are evaluating your space, pay special attention to the accessories. Perhaps your pictures are not scaled properly for your wall. Or maybe family pictures would have more impact hung in a group than crowded onto the mantle. Have you neglected the floor as a decorative space? A modest investment in an area rug (yes, even on carpet!) or a large piece of wall art will make a gigantic difference in your space.
2. Occasional pieces. The last time you got new seating, did you also think to update end tables? Coffee table? Must you have an entire set or are some extraneous? If the coffee table is simply a place to gather ‘stuff’, perhaps the space would be better off with something smaller. Or a large ottoman. Or trunk to keep the ‘stuff’ in. Or maybe nothing at all. Even if you do not want to replace these, they are perfect candidates for simple upgrades. A coat of paint in a great color or new hardware can work wonders.
3. Accent chairs. Did you get a tan sofa, loveseat, and chair for your seating, thinking you would add color accessories and then never get around to injecting enough color to make them interesting? An accent chair in a fun fabric is a low cost way of adding color and pattern to many different rooms. Consider it for a lonely corner in a bedroom or office in addition to living rooms and family rooms.
4. Lighting. Most of us do not have enough light sources in our homes. Fight off that gloomy dark corner with an interesting floor lamp or torchiere (lamp that points up) for ambient light. Consider not only overall light and ambient light, but task lighting as well. Bonus: extra lamps mean more opportunity for an interesting space.
Staging for life is about realizing how special your space and your things truly are. It is not about removing personality for a home to be sold, but about allowing a space to reflect not only the best of itself but the best of its owner as well.