Feature This...Staging Tip #999.75- Staggering When Staging

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There is a time and a place for everything, and in my Inclined vs. Level Artline of work I see a lot of people staggering around the room when they ought to be on the level.

I'm talking about hanging artwork, by the way.

You can tell the amateur designer from the pro very easily by simply noticing how they hang artwork. There are rules that, especially when staging, one should not take liberties with. Stagers endeavor to exhalt the architecture, not to fight with it or detract.

Hang artwork on the level when the floors, walls, ceiling, and mouldings are also level.

The time to stagger pictures on a diagonal line is when the sightline of the architecture is also inclined, such as would be seen on a staircase wall.

Appropriate Use of Inclined Artwork to Exhalt the Architecture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Following the sightlines is one of the best FREE ways to improve the photogenic qualities a space can offer and  to reinforce the idea and value of lifestyle upgrade  by encouraging an overall harmonious and tranquil "vibe."

A stager's job is to make sense of the space, and the artwork placement is a superb and easy way to bring an instant sense of order to any home.

 

~Michelle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
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Michelle ~ thanks for addressing one of my pet peeves.  When companion pieces of artwork are hung on the diagonal it just looks WRONG unless as you say, the architectural features encourage it.

Dec 15, 2010 10:57 PM #1
Rainer
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Michelle Molinari
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I feel ya, Maureen.

I suspect sometimes people do this simply due to an inability to use a level effectively. Other times I suspect that people think it looks "creative" or "interesting".

If it's the first reason, there are a multitude of youtube tutorials on how to use a level.

If it's the second reason, well, I'm just gonna shut up because that's what you do when you have nothing nice to say.

 

 

 

Dec 15, 2010 11:21 PM #2
Rainmaker
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Kathy Nielsen
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Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

You make an excellent point, Michelle. You can tell by your illustration just how big an impact hanging them level has. Thanks for demonstrating the difference.

Kathy

Dec 15, 2010 11:33 PM #3
Rainer
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Michelle Molinari
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Thank you, Kathy,  for commenting!

Dec 15, 2010 11:50 PM #4
Rainmaker
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Melissa Marro
Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team - Orange Park, FL
Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging

Amen Sista!!!  You know this is one of my biggest pet peeves and something we spend a fair amount of time on in class... not only understanding this basic concept, but how to properly measure so you don't have to spent hours hanging artwork.  I even made sure they had a diagram in order to visualize the measuring....

Dec 16, 2010 03:22 AM #5
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Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Michelle - I'm not a fan of staggered artwork.  To me, it's a lazy way of hanging art, as if the person hanging, couldn't be bothered to take the time to use a level. 

Dec 16, 2010 04:45 AM #6
Rainer
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Michelle Molinari
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Yes, Melissa, we do share this common peeve! Unfortunately, not enough folks know what we know. Good thing you wrote a great course that covers all the bases!

 

Dec 16, 2010 04:53 AM #7
Rainer
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Michelle Molinari
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Hi Sally. It's like fingernails on a chalkboard for some people. I could listen to that sound all day, it doesn't bother me in the slightest...

But put me in a room with inappropriately staggered artwork and I will go berserk.

Dec 16, 2010 04:56 AM #8
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Elaine Manes Gage
Home Staging Online Services - Denver, CO
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I agree with you. Over the sofa, staggering looks awful. But, sometimes there is what I will call the furniture equivalent of a slanted wall. OK, let's say against the same wall is a chair, which is next to a window, which is next to a large armoire, which is next to a console table. The height of the chair, window, and armoire make a definite slant. I would be very tempted to stagger the art over the table with the highest picture being the one next to the armoire. What do you think? I value your opinion and if you say NO NO A THOUSAND TIMES NO, I will listen!

Dec 16, 2010 10:05 AM #9
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Michele Rose
Rose-Colored Staging - Mount Holly Township, NJ
Burlington County Home Staging & Redesign

Michelle, I didn't realize before going into so many homes how many people don't know the right way to hang art!  This is one of my pet peeves too.  Another is when pairs of art are too far apart-- like they don't want to know each other!  LOL!  Recently I was doing a redesign for someone in their new home and the space seemed to call for the staggered look.  (The pieces were oval and about 6 inches high)  Wow-- I'd forgotten how much easier it is!  Guess that's why so many people do it. :)  Thanks for the post!

Dec 16, 2010 10:10 AM #10
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Michelle Molinari
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Hi Elaine -

I understand the urge! And there are instances where rules can and should be broken. But on this one, I'd have to say NO NO NO!

I would rather see a gap on a wall such as you are talking about than a diagonal/ tangental element skewing off in a room without an architectural counterbalance.

I whipped up some digital examples dealing with a furniture-created diagonal:                                                                                  

In the upper left corner of this image, the diagonal may seem to make sense, but when you back off for a photo, it has a funhouse tilting effect, and your eye goes up to nothing and leads you visually away from whatever is around that corner.

Next to it, we have an example of a big open field, but even  that would be preferable to me than the diagonal. At least the viewer feels stable and maybe envision their belongings up there.

Bottom left is another good option. It feels logical and balanced.

Bottom right also makes good sense.

It comes down to stability. When the architecture encourages a horizontal field, that is where the game is played.

Going up is good, because it can make the room feel taller (like taking the drapery rod to the top of the wall can do wonders for a small space).

Going up and to the side is disorienting. Remember in the 70's when diagonal paneling and woodwork was all the rage? Disorientation was a goal back in those days. But, that woodwork is long gone because that is NOT the goal today.

The red blocks added denote that even the blank spaces can be in cahoots with the architecture.

So. On that note, I rest my case. But there will always be a good reason to break this rule at some point, as is the rule with rules. I personally haven't seen it, but it's gotta be out there somewhere.

~Michelle

 

Dec 16, 2010 02:59 PM #11
Rainer
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Michelle Molinari
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Hi Michelle - You are most welcome!

Dec 16, 2010 03:13 PM #12
Rainer
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Leanne Allen
Center Stage, LLC - Burlington, IA

Excellent visuals to prove your point, Michelle!  I'm behind you 100%!

Dec 16, 2010 03:52 PM #13
Rainmaker
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Elaine Manes Gage
Home Staging Online Services - Denver, CO
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Seeing is believing! Thanks for the visual!!!

Dec 17, 2010 07:17 AM #14
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Michele Rose
Rose-Colored Staging - Mount Holly Township, NJ
Burlington County Home Staging & Redesign

Wow-- Michelle!!!  Your response with the visuals should be another blog-- part 2!  Excellent way to present it.  As I looked at these, I realize my staging is more bottom right, redesign is more bottom left :) 

Dec 17, 2010 07:40 AM #15
Rainmaker
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Michelle Finnamore
Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket - Vaughan, ON
Preparing your property for sale

Hi Michelle, love your post on this. Visuals really help to define the intent of the final outcome.  I explain to homeowners that you would want to visualize a huge square or rectangle that includes the furniture in the vignette. Fill in with artwork until you make the shape you have indicated above. I draw it out for them and they seem to understand why it would look best done that way.

Dec 19, 2010 07:47 AM #16
Rainer
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Kaira West
Portland, OR

Michelle, this is a fantastic article.  I have been guilty of "staggering" at times, and 99% of the time, things look better level in my experience.  The visual was really helpful.  Thanks for posting!

Dec 19, 2010 02:01 PM #17
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Sandi Gerrard
Toronto, ON

One of my pet peeves too ... thanks for the excellent illustration examples.

Dec 20, 2010 12:56 AM #18
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Melissa Juarez
Massachusetts Buyers Broker Agency, LLC - Quincy, MA

Thanks Michelle for the great post and tips. I was amazed at the difference. Have a great holiday.

Dec 20, 2010 01:19 AM #19
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Christine Dyson
Visual Appeal Home Staging & Redesign - Brantford, ON
Visual Appeal, IADIE & RESA

Michelle, very informative post to help many understand one of the many elements of design.  Can I ask which program you are using to provide us with the wonderful room visuals?

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