The Most Common Mistakes I See in People's Homes - Part 1

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Original content by Shar Sitter

The Most Common Mistakes I See in People's Homes - Part 1

As a Designer and a Home Stager I see a lot of things in peoples homes. I see homes in all price levels from a couple hundred thousand to a few million. There are a few design and home staging mistakes I see over and over and they are so easy to fix.

One of these common mistakes is:

Having all the furniture pushed back to the walls.


Furniture pushed to walls

Even in a small room this is not always the best option. Usually something can be angled or pulled forward.

In a large room, the room actually looks smaller when all pieces are back against the walls. Plus, the room is not very cozy as the conversation area is too far apart.


Furniture pulled up away from walls

My advice is to move the furniture up and create a cozier conversation area. If the room is overly large you will need to split it into two sections.

It is okay to have furniture away from the walls. You can have it floating out into the room as long as it is anchored with an area rug, side tables and/or coffee table.

A tree or a sofa table and lamp can be added behind the furniture to draw the eye back and add height.

Pull chairs away from the walls when they are flanking a fireplace, don't have them stuck back in the corners and touching the wall. By doing this you will actually draw even more attention to the the fireplace.


Chairs by the fireplace

Pulling furniture away from the wall is hard for many people to visualize or imagine. It is difficult to see alternatives to furniture placement, especially in your own home. You aren't alone in this. That is why I am calling this a "common" mistake.

If you are selling your home or just want it refreshed for your own enjoyment, Rooms With Style Home Staging and Redesign in Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN can provide options for placing your furniture in it's best location.




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Comments (5)

Corinne Hale
Short Sales, Foreclsoures, 1st time BUYER, Moving UP, Invest - Phoenix, AZ
Your Real Estate Matchmaker

Thanks for the blog! 

May 12, 2011 08:24 AM
Brett Reichel
Homebridge Financial Services - Rancho Cucamonga, CA
MLO 210215

Great post - good info!  Too many people don't pay attention to how their house looks to strangers.....they are so used to seeing it themselves...


May 12, 2011 08:25 AM
Adrian Willanger
206 909-7536 - Seattle, WA
Profit from my two decades of experience

Gene-excellent photo-blog  very good examples, really shows the values of staging a home to sell!

May 12, 2011 08:26 AM
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

Shar deserves all the credit.  This is one of the nicest post I have seen on staging.

May 12, 2011 08:39 AM
Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

Thank you Gene for the kind words and thank you for the re-blog. Much appreciated.

May 12, 2011 11:58 AM