21 Decor Tips From Home Staging Experts

If you watch a lot of HGTV( or have insured the Amy Adams rom-com “Leap Year” ), chances are you’ve ensure the magic that home stagers can work on a place. These experts can transform spaces and make even the most unsellable houses sell.

So naturally, they are full of great home decorating advice. HuffPost asked a number of professional home stagers for their top decor tips-off — from accent walls to tabletop design — for everyday non-experts just looking to construct our spaces feel more inviting.

Here’s what they shared 😛 TAGEND

1. Attain your bed a sanctuary.

“Making your bed can be a chore, whether dwelling or selling. The key to making it feel luxurious and hotel-like is simple when using crisp white linens and plump bedding and pillows. Plump, fresh white bedclothe is easy to find at most major home goods stores( can be a bed in a purse or a comforter and duvet and crisp sheets) and then simply layering in two or three of the same accent pillows in front, which is easy to change seasonally.” — Karen Otto, chief staging officer at HomeStar Staging

“In the master bedroom, create a publication seem use a comforter or duvet in a solid coloring or subtle pattern; put coordinated pillow shams on the bed pillows and add another decorative pillow or two for an updated look.” — Maureen Bray, owner of Room Solutions Staging

2. Scent matters.

“Splurge on a great scented candle. This isn’t where you can go cheap — scent is everything. Done right, they make a room feeling warm and inviting.” — Joni Rentz, co-founder and design director of StylHaus

3. Mirrors make a difference.

“Brighten and amplify the light in a room with mirrors on walls resisting light sources. I love mirrors because they double the visual square footage of any room. Hang a series of three or four mirrors opposite a window to reflect the incoming light as well as the view.” — Cheryl Eisen, founder and CEO of Interior Marketing Group

4. Don’t forget the lights.

“To set the right mood, add dimmers on all of your illuminates. Bright isn’t always right.” — Rentz

“Lighting — table lamps, chandeliers, etc. — brings a lot of style into a room! Go BIG vs. smaller table lamps! ” — Kathy Burke, founder of Sensational Home Staging

“Replace dated light fixtures in the main rooms of your home to make it feel more inviting; use high-wattage bulb in lamps and sunlight fixtures for maximum effect.” — Bray

5. Believe about texture.

“Layer and mix textures to generate visual interest. For instance, add textured pillows and a fur hurl to create an inviting sofa.” — Rentz

6. Go big with your art.

“Bigger is better when it is necessary to art. Big canvases add a statement to any room and can even make wall space appear larger.” — Eisen

“Paint an accent wall. It not only adds a focal point to a room but can function as a great backdrop for artwork.” — Rentz

“Wondering where’s the best place to hang art or other wall decoration? Center it above whatever furniture is below it( sofa, sideboard, fireplace mantle, dresser, or console table) and make sure that the midpoint of the art is about 60 inches from the floor.” — Bray

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7. Drapes can create an illusion of height.

“Create the illusion of higher ceilings with simple floor-ceiling draperies. Plain, white sheers can go a long way on a budget, but make sure they’re hung properly. Drapes should start all the way at the ceiling and merely kiss the floor.” — Eisen

8. Don’t overlook bathrooms.

“Add beautifully folded fluffy white towels, eucalyptus, a chunky bar of soap and a few, well chosen, decorative items to create a spa atmosphere.” — Rentz

9. Try something quirky.

“Find a unique piece of furniture and make it a’ corner quirk moment.’For instance, a Danish, mid-century wood chair with a fur pelt draped over it adds a level of authenticity to a design. You don’t want your space to look like a’ set’ or a furniture showroom.” — Eisen

10. Less is more.

“De-clutter and de-stress. Too many items on coffee tables, pillows on chairs and art pieces on walls make a space feeling cramped. Stick to a few statement pieces and oversize art to give your room a clean, modern look.” — Eisen

“Less is always more! In other words, showcase your personality and style through thoughtfully placed accessories and art, and avoid unnecessary clutter.” — Florence Attinger, head of the San Francisco staging and design team at Studio D

11. Consider color.

“To add new life to your seating areas, use some new hurl pillows in colours that complement the art or wall decoration on nearby walls.” — Bray

“Trying to get a pop of color in your space and it never feels quite right? Try employing one color accent three times in the room! The eye naturally travels in a space and when you carry a colouring through the room, whether it be in the carpeting, art, pillows or decor accents, it almost always runs and feelings right.” — Otto

12. Float your furniture.

“If a room simply doesn’t’ feel’ right, it probably isn’t. We often push furniture against walls to create what we feel is a more spacious surrounding, but it truly objective up feeling like a waiting room and not very conducive for dialogues. Instead of wall hugging, try floating your furniture.

Find a central point in the room( often around the hearth, under a ceiling fan, or if you must, around the Tv region ). If you have solid surface floors like timber or tile, I would recommend get an region carpeting no less than 6’x9’ in sizing. The right scale area carpeting will ground the space and the furniture. Anchor a coffee table in the center point of the rug and assemble your furniture around it leaving at least 18 inches between the soft furniture and the coffee table. You may have to choose a larger piece of furniture to anchor the coffee table on if your furnishings don’t all work at that distance. It is perfectly acceptable to place the front feet of the soft furniture on the carpeting and the back feet off! ” — Otto

13. Paint and repaint.

“A fresh coat of paint is inexpensive( and DIY-friendly ), but the effect can be HUGE in the way a space appears and feels.” — Attinger

“Walls that are freshly painted in a neutral colouring will show off your furniture and wall decoration to their best advantage( and also make the house feeling well-maintained ). Painting the wood trim around baseboards, doors and windows also stimulates the space more appealing, especially when using white paint to contrast with the wall color.” — Bray

14. Go neutral for staples.

“Go with neutrals for those large pieces — sofas, beds, carpetings, lamps, etc. You can add color/ interest/ drama with your arts and accessories . … Clients expend a luck on a bright-colored or highly stylized sofa that they are tired of in three years. When you’re tired of the’ look’ you have but not over-invested, you can, on a budget, redo your appear again with art and accessories. Choice a new coloring or a new style. It’s easy, fun and not expensive! ” — Burke

15. Don’t be afraid of the dark.

“Strategically employing dark paint and dark pieces will not only add depth to a space, but also make mood and drama.” — Eisen

16. Customize your furniture.

“Custom furniture can be easy. Add your own handles, paint and even different legs to ordinary pieces to attain custom items at an affordable price.” — Eisen

17. Create centerpieces.

“Odd numbers regulation for designing to dwell, or staging to sell. For tablescapes, keep it simple if you don’t want too much stuff out, and remember the numbers one and three. You can use one good scale piece or three of the exact same form decoration pieces( suppose succulents in pretty planters, hurricanes[ candle holders] or a large metal bowl ). These are easy, affordable centerpieces, whether it’s for your dining room or coffee table, and these can be changed seasonally too.” — Otto

“When creating a centerpiece for your tables, start with a tray and select three objects of differing heights: a hardcover volume or two, a plant, and an interesting object work well together. Large coffee-table volumes also work well when two or three of them are stacked on a coffee table.” — Bray

18. Let the sunshine in.

“Swap out heavy, dark, or dated window coverings with simple panels that let more light into your rooms; the space will feel larger and more appealing.” — Bray

19. Mix high and low.

“Not everything needs to be bought brand new or have a decorator label on it. In fact, good design is all about balance; and sourcing from all different places and cost phases will keep your space feeling authentic and inviting.” — Attinger

20. Find inspiration from experts.

“I suppose the most important advice one can give for everyday people is follow the experts — the fabulous home decor publications such as Elle Decor, World of Interiors, Architectural Digest, etc. — so you get a feel for what is wonderful design from a variety of different styles. Everyone has their own looking or vibe. Find a designer you like, and assure what their approach is.” — Nahila Chianale, proprietor and head decorator at NCC Luxe

21. Ask for help.

“I think there is a lot to learn from the internet. Use it as a tool to help you learn. But never buy things online as a non-professional — 99.9 percent of the time, you will be disappointed or the proportions are wrong. Run into the showrooms and ask for help.” — Chianale

Responses have been softly edited for clarity and style.

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