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Monday, December 18, 2017

Home Staging Solutions for Awkward Layouts

As you prepare to sell your home, your thoughts may turn to some of the unusual spaces that you’ve never quite known how to decorate. How can you stage these spaces so that they have buyers shouting their delight rather than scratching their heads?

Use our tips below to resolve five common layout issues and enhance your home for showings.

Open Layout That’s Too Open

An open layout can be a major selling point, but if your space is a little too open, it can feel unstructured and overwhelming.

The Solution: Group your furniture so that it visually defines distinct areas, such as the living room, dining room, and kitchen. Even if you don’t have walls between rooms, you can use furniture pieces like sectional couches and bookshelves to create a division between spaces and direct the flow of foot traffic. Large area rugs are also great for defining spaces with separate functions.

Unused Nooks and Crannies

You’ve got a small nook or a tight corner in your living room that you’ve never known how to fill. Now that you’re selling your home, you’re worried that the lack of décor in that space will draw prospective buyers’ eyes to it.

The Solution: Find a piece of furniture, such as a bookshelf, chest of drawers, or bar cart, that fits snugly in the nook. If you’re feeling bold, you could also paint the walls of the nook an accent color to make the space pop. Giving a nook or tight corner a purpose will make it seem like an asset rather than an awkward addition.

Long, Narrow Hallway

Your hallway looks like something out of The Shining: it feels like it stretches on forever, and you’re concerned the narrow space will induce claustrophobia in your prospective buyers.

The Solution: If your hallway is at least four feet wide, turn it into a gallery. Choose a monochromatic or black and white color scheme for consistency and hang wall art that visitors can enjoy as they pass through the space. If your hallway is less than four feet wide, visitors may not be able to step back far enough to appreciate a gallery wall fully, but you can still create visual interest by adding a beautifully framed mirror or a decorative hanging light at the end of the hallway. You could also paint the walls and ceiling of your narrow hallway a light color to make the space feel larger and brighter.

Long, Narrow Living Room

Your living room looks like it’s been stretched out, and when visitors sit at one end of the room, they feel like they have to shout to be heard at the other end.

The Solution: Create two separate conversation areas for your large living room. For example, you could angle two armchairs towards each other at one end and cluster a couple of loveseats at the other end. If you have enough space, float your furniture away from at least one wall so that foot traffic naturally flows around the edge of the room through the middle. This will create a more intimate environment.

To break up the straight lines created by a long living room, add a small circular coffee table or ottoman to at least one of your conversation areas. You can also use bookshelves and wall art to maximize your vertical space and draw eyes upwards, rather than straight across the room.

Small Bedroom

The bedroom is one of the rooms prospective buyers will pay the closest attention to when walking through your home. If one or more bedrooms in your home look small and cramped, it may give some buyers pause.

The Solution: Start by removing any non-essential furniture, such as a large dresser or vanity, that may be taking up valuable space. Keep your staging simple: having a bed, two nightstands, and a chair or ottoman should be plenty. Add matching lamps to the nightstands so that you’ll have soft light when there’s not a lot of natural light. Choose a window treatment that will diffuse sunlight without blocking it completely. If possible, place a mirror across from your bedroom window. It will reflect light and make the room look bigger.

Running into additional staging challenges? Your CENTURY 21 Commonwealth Realtor is a great resource. If you haven’t found your agent yet, search in your area now.

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