Lounge/Living Staging Advice – Preparing for inspection and photography
Like bedrooms, we tend to spend a lot of time in our living areas watching TV, reading a book, having coffee with friends or relaxing with family. To highlight these rooms, less is generally more. Keep furniture down to two couches, a dining table and a couple of tables with lamps. This is generally enough to make a cozy and spacious space.
“Depersonalise the room so potential buyers can visualise themselves living in this space; for example, where will they put their computer desk, TV or favourite reading chair?”– Angela Giles (Photographer)
Create conversational groupings
Arrange/group couches to create a comfortable area where you could sit with family and friends and have social gatherings. Pull furniture back from the wall to create ‘conversational’ spaces. A couch should have either another couch or two chairs on each side with a coffee table in the middle.
Kmart have amazing occasional chairs and small tables you can purchase to create individual sitting areas. We’re a huge fan of the $49 grey occasional chair that looks amazing around a table or on their own.
Let there be lots of light
Try not to block any windows with furniture as this blocks all that lovely natural light. Light creates bright, warm and large rooms, so keep it flowing in. Use lamps to brighten dark corners of the room.
Create focal points
If you have a glorious view from your window, a fireplace or built in bookcases – don’t hide them! These areas are great focal points that need to be showcased! Where possible, hang paintings, framed prints or mirrors above focal points to draw attention to these areas.
Again, Kmart have a fabulous range of framed prints that we regularly see hanging on walls!
For large family rooms that contain a living and dining area, divide the room by creating clear zones. For example, have ample space between the two areas and make sure dining or lounge furniture don’t encroach each other’s space.
Set the dining table
If possible, putting out a small selection of your best dinnerware can help potential buyers visualise their own social gatherings such as family meals, dinner with friends or having parties.
Where possible, add fresh cut flowers to the centre of your table to add colour and a focal point to the room.
Store your movies and music
Hide DVD’s and CD’s stands or store them in a cupboard. These can make a room look cluttered. If you don’t have the storage space, Bunnings have fantastic storage tubs that you can fill and stack in a garage or shed.
Add a nook
If you have a reading chair or a reading ‘nook’, add a couple of books to create warmth and serenity. You can pick up cheap, secondhand books with interesting spines from bookstores. If you don’t have any interesting books, stack a few copies of SA Life, Fleurieu Living or House & Garden magazines.
Make your spaces flow
Create a ‘floating’ effect by positioning furniture away from ‘traffic’ areas. You want to be able to flow from room to room without walking into a table or having to take a detour around a sofa.
Get creative with colour
Bold-coloured cushions or throws can liven up a room; particularly for rooms which do not have much of a focal point such as no large windows, fireplaces, arches etc.
Check out the cushion range at Target. They have beautiful and bold designs that would liven up any room.
Make floors stand out
Polish wooden flooring for stand out results. Make them shine!
For large living areas with lots of empty space, try adding a potted plant or tree to create a focal point that distracts the buyer from the empty area.
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