Another homeowner, looking to sell her home, was concerned because of a space on the first floor which had been renovated to make a separate apartment.
For some reason, the renovation crew had to leave an awkward ledge jutting into the room, and an awkwardly placed door, right alongside, was leading into a bedroom that was a full step up from the living room.
It was less than ideal, and any home visitor could see it immediately.
I was called in to see what I could do.
As you can see in this case, the main room in this apartment was awkward. It has a ledge along part of the wall and a weirdly placed door with a step up.
The problem here was that it looked like some part of the wall was in the way so they had to build out a ledge around it. And the door alongside was actually the door to the only bedroom. So the bedroom was directly off the main living area. Not ideal!
As you can see with this image, I used some furniture to make sense of the layout. Placing the sofa back on to the bedroom door, allowed for a division and made a ‘hallway’ to the bedroom. The ledge was used to place a few stylish accessories so it kind of ‘disappeared’. It now looks like a nice, trendy, relaxed area with good ambience.
We created ample seating in the way of a small contemporary sofa and love seat pair that didn’t overpower the space.
Some stylish lamps went a long way to making the room feel light and airy.
A neutral colored rug brought the space together and gave it a warm look and feel.
Glass topped coffee and end tables also helped with the visual space, making the space seem roomier.
The step up to the bedroom was solved by the simple fact of having furniture in the room. From the angle the photo was taken, you wouldn’t even notice it. Not only that, but the new buyers would likely be able to entertain in this space without anybody noticing at all.
Part of the magic of home staging is using furniture and accent pieces to draw attention away from problem areas of a home. This is not some deceptive technique. The main issue is that with an empty room, every imperfect wall or misshapen corner will stand out like a sore thumb and it leaves prospective buyers thinking “Wow, what am I going to do with that? It’s so obvious!”
And conversely, staging is also used to draw attention to the good aspects of a home.
In reality, no home is perfect. Old homes may creak and groan with years of turning seasons, the stairs might not line up square or the floor might not be perfectly level.
And as for new homes, well, the old adage “They don’t make them like they used to” can often-not always-apply.
It’s the way things are.
And that does not mean that a home is not livable.
And guess what the result of this staging was?
The client sent me a message saying:
“We had an offer in that first week of viewing! Thank you soooo much again! You’ve certainly made me a believer in staging!!!
Staging demonstrates that in most cases the space is liveable, and even imperfections can often be incorporated into the design and decor of the room. And often it can even add some charm!