8 Staging Tricks To Make Your Home More Beautiful Every Day

“We eat with our eyes first.”

This saying highlights how heavily our brains rely on visual stimuli to form an opinion about the world around us.

Although it’s typically said about food, it’s true in other areas of our lives as well, like our living spaces.

Home staging is a tactic used by the real estate industry to capitalize on the way the way something looks impacts our impression of it. Typically,” says Jan Van Horne of Coldwell Banker Burnet Realty “a potential buyer has made up their mind ten seconds after they step in the front door.”

A home is “staged” so that it looks its best, encouraging potential home buyers to fall in love with a particular property at first sight.

But home staging isn’t only useful when buying or selling a home. Understanding the psychology behind these tricks can make it easier to fall in love with your own house day after day!

Let’s take a look at how home staging works and some easy home staging tricks we can put to use in our own homes.

The Science Behind Home Staging

According to a March 2015 study published in the International Journal of Marketing Studies, “cleanliness, scent, lighting and colour,” were all factors that influenced customers’ attitudes and perceptions. The idea is that by creating an environment that’s attractive to as many of the senses as possible, it’s easier for people to feel “at home” in the space. This leads to a sense of desire and an ability to imagine themselves inhabiting the space. Which usually leads to a ‘SOLD’ sign in the front yard.

Using the science of home staging to increase these feelings in places we already inhabit means focusing on the factors that have the biggest impact on our perception of a space: cleanliness, scent, lighting and colors.

Home Staging Tricks To Use Every Day

Bathroom interior.

1. Give The Entrance Some TLC

Your home’s entryway is the first thing you see after a long day and the place where visitors start forming their first impressions while waiting for you to invite them in.

Make sure this area is clean, features an inviting doormat, possibly a few choices pieces of porch furniture and maybe a decoration or two—like plants or some unique outdoor artwork.

2. Use The Magic Of Mirrors

Every space looks better in natural light. The only problem is, natural light doesn’t reach every corner of a home. Mirrors can help make the most of what you’ve got.

“They add extra light to rooms that look dark and make rooms appear spacious,” explains Houzz. “Bonus tip: Mirrors pack extra punch when placed next to—or directly across from—a window, since they’ll pull in more sun.” And don’t be afraid to try a cluster of small mirrors instead of one large one. They’re cheaper and more exciting!

3. De-Clutter Small Spaces

Clutter is a problem for all of us, but it’s especially overwhelming in small spaces like bathrooms or dining rooms. Clean and clear surfaces, floors, cupboards and closets is interpreted as more space and makes us feel unfettered and comfortable.

Related Reading: 10+ Surprising Reasons To De-Clutter Your House

4. Switch To All White Bath Linens

Still rockin’ the rainbow fish shower curtain and fading colored towels? These items are giving your bathrooms a mismatched, chaotic feel.

“White towels, bath mats, and shower curtains can instantly update your bathroom,” Houzz explains. “They’ll give the room the feel of a luxury spa—without having to spend much.” You can take it one step further by creating spa-like displays of rolled or stacked towels, candles or special soaps house in soap dishes, not just swimming in a puddle on the side of the sink.

5. Rearrange The Furniture

You don’t need to replace your furniture to give your living spaces an entirely new feel. Just moving the same pieces to a new location can increase the feeling of space and comfort.

“There’s a common belief that rooms will feel larger and be easier to use if all the furniture is pushed against the walls, but that isn’t the case. Instead, furnish your space by floating furniture away from walls. Reposition sofas and chairs into cozy conversational groups, and place pieces so that the traffic flow in a room is obvious,” recommends HGTV.

6. Tweak Your Lightbulbs

Enhancing natural light with mirrors is step one, but what about after the sun goes down?

“…Many of our homes are improperly lighted. To remedy the problem, increase the wattage in your lamps and fixtures. Aim for a total of 100 watts for each 50 square feet. Don’t depend on just one or two fixtures per room, either. Make sure you have three types of lighting: ambient (general or overhead), task (pendant, under-cabinet or reading) and accent (table and wall),” reports HGTV. Remember to choose only energy-efficient lightbulbs, like CFLs or LEDs.

7. Incorporate Flowers & Plants

The addition of a mason jar full of flowers and greenery from your yard can instantly elevate any space, infusing it with color and a sense of harmony with the current season.

Related Reading: 5 Simple Ways To Recycle Your Fresh Cut Flowers

8. Remember The Rule Of Three

When decorating a space, remember that odd numbers are preferable, especially three. “Rather than lining up a trio of accessories in a row, 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 color, shape, texture or some other unifying element,” HGTV suggests.

How do you keep your home fresh and inviting? Share your “staging” tips in a comment!

Photo Credit: irisphotos

66 comments

John B
John Babout a year ago

Thanks for sharing.

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John B
John Babout a year ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill1 years ago

thanks

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Chris B.
Chris B1 years ago

Thanks for the tips...Home is the place where the story begins.
Interior design of our house also really effects in real estate. When we try to sell a house or apartment, it takes more than a great location to seal the deal. At the time of selling the house, if the buyers don't like the interior of the house it would create a big problem for us. Then looking out for a lawyer is of utmost importance whenever the real estate matters come up. There legal guidance would help us to sell our home. This is one useful source which can grant you a lot of information that is essential and helpful for you at the time of selling your home.

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Lindsay Kemp
Lindsay K1 years ago

Thanks for the tips!

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Jim Ven
Jim Ven1 years ago

thanks for the article.

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Cyn F.
Cyn F1 years ago

Thanks for sharing :)

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tanzy t.
tanzy t1 years ago

Great tips

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus1 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Cindy Bollinger
Cindy Bollinger1 years ago

White towels in my bathroom would stay white for about a day---if even that long, and we're not that messy either. White just isn't practical for us, as we truly LIVE in our home. I'm one of those who is extremely tired of seeing white kitchen cabinets in just about every home show on TV. How do people keep things looking 'white' in a world where people actually LIVE? It's supposed to make things look "clean and new", however, IMHO attempting to keep things looking "perfectly white" isn't preferable or even very doable. It would only cause me even more stress, just attempting to keep everything looking "perfectly white"! I don't need that kind of extra stress in my life, thank you. There are not many things in nature that are totally, completely and perfectly white, other than snow (and it even becomes 'non-white' with time!). I myself prefer natural looking colors, which is why I tend to gravitate away from and tend to abhor all white space in our home, I suppose. As for the staging, it seems to me it's basically being said here that making changes can help your senses take in your environment in a new way. It seems to me that should you already be happy with what you've got....why change? Should you not currently be happy though....then go ahead and change something....anything! Personally, I find change inviting and often rearrange my furniture, go buy different colored towels, pillows and accessories (NOT white though, of course!!), as it assists in keeping m

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