Home Staging

Mark Vandenbrink


Home Staging

Home staging is one of the best things you can do while in the process of selling your home. Home staging is the act of preparing a home for sale in the real estate market, and the goal is to appeal to as many buyers as possible, in order to sell for more money and in less time. People usually use arts, painting, accessories, lights, greenery, and carpet to stage the home, to give potential buyers a more attractive first impression of the property. Good staging allows the potential buyers to imagine themselves living in the home before they move in. Here is a quick overview of some of the best ideas to try out when selling your home.


The very first step in staging is to declutter your home! Make sure that everything in a space is for a clear purpose. De-cluttering includes furniture, as many home stagers remove almost 50% of furniture as it makes the home look much larger.

Furniture Groupings

There is a widely believed myth that furniture against the walls will make a room look larger. This, however, is not true. It is best to ‘float’ the furniture away from walls and have them placed into cozier conversational groups. Therefore, there is a clear flow of traffic in the room, and a clearly defined living space in the room, making it feel more user-friendly.

Extra Space

Everyone seems to have at least on space in their home that seems to just collect junk, make those rooms into usable space, such as a reading nook with an armchair and small table with a lamp, or add some shelving. Even cheaper products, such as shelving, to make the space purposeful to add value to the not-so-obvious spots in your home.


One of the things that make staged homes look so warm and welcoming is great lighting. Many houses don't have the right lighting, so increase the wattage in your lamps and fixtures. Aim for a total of 100 watts for every 50 square feet. Make sure you have three types of lighting: ambient (general or overhead), task (pendant, under-cabinet, or reading), and accent (table and wall).

Create a Bigger Space

To make a room appear to be bigger than it is, paints it the same colour as the adjacent room. Make a sunporch look bigger and more inviting by painting it green to reflect the colour of nature. Another design trick: If you want to create the illusion of more space, paint the walls the same colour as your drapery, as this will give you a seamless and sophisticated look.


Painting a living room a fresh neutral colour helps tone down any dated finishes in the space. The definition of neutral extends way beyond beige, from warm tans and honey to soft blue-greens. As for bold wall colours, they have a way of reducing offers, so go with neutrals in large spaces.

Accessories & Art

When it comes to eye-pleasing accessorizing, odd numbers are preferable, especially three. Imagine a triangle and place one object at each point. Scale is important, too, so in your group of three be sure to vary height and width, with the largest item at the back and the smallest in front. For maximum effect, group accessories by colour, shape, texture or some other unifying element, stagers suggest. As for wall hangings, place wall art in different areas, staggered and not so stereotypical, as this makes the space stand out.


Most people feel that kitchen renovations can be very pricey, but they don't have to be. If you can't afford new cabinets, just get new doors and drawer fronts. Then paint everything to match and add new hardware. Instead of replacing the entire dishwasher, you may be able to get a new front panel. If not, laminate paper, which goes on like contact paper, can be used to re-cover the existing panel, and you can get a faux stainless steel laminate. Instant refresh. If your kitchen doesn't have a backsplash, this is a weekend job that a reasonably handy person can tackle for little money. Invest in some gorgeous tiles (since you're doing such a small area, it shouldn't cost too much) or consider glass mosaics, mirror tile, or plain tile interspersed with a few fancy ones.

Master Bedroom

Your master bedroom should appeal to buyers of both sexes, so get rid of features that seem too gender-specific. Paint the walls a neutral colour, and choose bedding that matches. Then accessorize with items that complement the overall colour scheme. Make sure you declutter your wardrobe or closets so potential buyers can see maximum storage.


The exterior of your home should look just as polished as the interior. This means neatly trimmed bushes, mulched flowerbeds and fresh seasonal arrangements in urns by the front door. A tidy home will increase curb appeal and might just be the thing to get the right buyers to take a look!


Mark VandenBrink is an award-winning Century 21 Real Estate Professional and someone who believes in helping others reach their dreams of home ownership.

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