Home Staging Tips: Transforming Spaces that are Large or Awkward

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Home Stager with Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR
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Sometimes when homes have large rooms or awkward room shapes, it can be challenging to help home buyers overcome their typical question, "How can we use this space?"  In order for buyers to make that important emotional connection to a home they're viewing, as professional home stagers we need to show them how they might use the space, so that they can imagine themselves living there.

Our Portland-based home staging company was recently selected to stage a vacant home in the upscale Portland suburb of West Linn.  This home has some very large rooms which buyers might feel overwhelmed in if the rooms were vacant.  You might think that the more square footage your home has, the better -- but making a large room feel cozy can be challenging for buyers, especially if the home has no furnishings to act as a reference point.  This is one example where home staging can make a big difference in how buyers react to the property.

~ UPDATE:  this home SOLD in just 15 days!  The seller told me that the buyer loved how the home was staged  ~

This space is just inside the entry with high windows on one side and a curved wall for the staircase on the other.  The room shape makes you wonder, what is this room used for?  Here are 2 views of the vacant space west linn oregon home staginghome staging and redesign portland OR

We staged this space as a conversation area where you could sit and enjoy the light flooding into the room portland real estate stagingwest linn oregon home staging

The family room is large and adjoins the kitchen.  When vacant, it seemed too big, but staged it's much cozierwest linn oregon real estate stagingoregon home staging expertspaint color consultations portland OR

The Master Bedroom is huge!  When vacant, it just felt big & cold portland real estate stagers

Staging it helps add warmth and the important emotional connection for buyers.  Taking photos from several angles helps buyers imagine living here -- so different than viewing photos of vacant rooms on the MLS listing west linn OR home staging

Breaking down the big space into smaller ones helps buyers imagine this room as a peaceful retreat portland oregon home staging

The long wall for the bed doesn't inspire buyers when vacant, but adding furniture puts it in perspective home stagers west linn ORportland oregon redesign

Selling a home with large or awkward spaces can be challenging -- consult with a professional home stager in your area to ensure that your property is presented at its very best!

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Room Solutions Staging offers expert home staging services in Portland, Oregon to homeowners, real estate agents, and builders. Our proven home staging techniques will help reduce your property's market time and maximize your equity. We'll prepare your property or listing to look appealing to your target buyer for the online photos as well as for in-person viewings. Our owner and principal stager Maureen Bray is a nationally-recognized home staging expert who enjoys sharing her passion for staging with others.  To schedule a Verbal Staging Consultation filled with our staging tips and advice, contact us @ 503-246-1800.

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Rainmaker
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

hi Liz ~ the rugs definitely helped to warm up those wood floors ... good luck with the house with round walls!

Jun 20, 2011 04:51 PM #32
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Kathy Nielsen
http://atlantahomestaging.net - Marietta, GA
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

Awesome staging, Maureen. And the photos are incredible.  I especially love the one that is angled of the living room. 

Congratulations. Your home staging is being featured in the group Staging Before and After Pictures.

Kathy

Jun 22, 2011 01:02 PM #33
Rainmaker
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

hi Kathy ~ Thanks very much!  I just found out today that this home sold 3 weeks after staging  :-)

Jun 22, 2011 01:16 PM #34
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Michelle Finnamore
Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket - Vaughan, ON
Preparing your property for sale

Hi Maureen, great examples of showcasing the features of a large home. With home staging you are always trying to show how someone could live in a home. The curved room in the first pics is a prime example. There are a lot of rooms of that design in my area as well. As you have shown, you can fit quite a nice grouping of furniture and give it some purpose. I have even done some with grand pianos in them with a chaise lounge to boot! Excellent examples of professional home staging. Bravo!

Jun 23, 2011 12:49 AM #35
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

hi Michelle ~ If buyers had seen the "before" photo of the first room shown, it looks like a small space.  Placing furniture in it shows not only function/purpose but also perspective of the scale of the room.  Just one more reason why vacant homes will never show as well as ones that are professionally staged  :-)   Thanks so much for your feedback!

Jun 23, 2011 05:48 AM #36
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Ana Hitzel
AccentPositives Home Staging - Corona, CA
Professional Home Stager Inland Empire

Great example of how to break up large and odd spaces and make them look cozy.  You made magic!

Ana

Jun 23, 2011 06:51 AM #37
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Thanks, Ana ~  making a home look cozy helps buyers imagine living there.  I like the idea of magic!!

Jun 23, 2011 06:58 AM #38
Rainmaker
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

hi Valerie ~ Warehouse is one way to describe some of the rooms LOL .... so glad that the seller recognized the need for staging it.  Thanks for stopping by to comment.

Jul 04, 2011 05:41 AM #40
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Wendy Tomm
Beyond the Walls - East St Paul, MB
CCSP, RESA-PRO, BBB - Wpg Realtors
Well done you managed to make each space warm and inviting.
Aug 10, 2011 03:15 AM #41
Rainmaker
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Thanks Wendy!

Aug 10, 2011 04:43 AM #42
Rainmaker
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Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Sold in 15 days, that's amazing, I'm sure your staging had a lot to do with that Maureen.  Well done.

Nov 30, 2011 09:54 PM #43
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John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
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Suggested!  I would say the staging truly sold this one.  The odd shapes and angled walls would leave a buyer puzzled as how to decorate.  You worked your magic yet again!

Dec 01, 2011 01:08 AM #44
Rainmaker
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Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Maureen, there is absolutely no question in my mind that staging sold this house.  When a house is too big, too cavernous, too much, the seller has no idea how to fill the space and imagine it as a home.  GREAT WORK!!!

Dec 01, 2011 04:21 AM #45
Rainmaker
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Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
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Wow Maureen!  That bedroom looked like a bowling alley before you staged it.  TOTALLY different feel to it afterwards.  Warm and inviting ... and peaceful.  A true transformation.  And I agree with an earlier comment ... you ARE a magician!

Gene

Dec 01, 2011 08:55 AM #46
Rainmaker
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Hi Roger ~ Staging, plus a well-priced property. Thanks for stopping by!

Hi John ~ The seller recognized the need to stage this home, just for the reasons you mentioned. It had some very challenging spaces when viewed empty.  Thanks for your support!

Hi Joanna ~ You are so right that the buyer would have had no idea how to imagine this as a home, if they saw it empty.  Thanks for your kind words.

Hi Gene ~ Ha ha I don't mind that designation one bit :-) and love to work some staging magic whenever I can!!

Dec 01, 2011 08:09 PM #47
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Kim Gaston
RE/MAX Advantage Realty - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs REALTOR®, CNE (719)661-6987

Maureen, your choices are always so tasteful. Love your style. The photos speak for them selves. Do you mind sharing what type of camera you use? I just bought a Cannon, but I'm re- thinking my choice - really like the wide angle lens.

Dec 02, 2011 12:14 AM #48
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Anna Dovger
Add Value Home Staging LLC, 281-704-6607 - The Woodlands, TX
Home Staging -The Woodlands, TX

How did I miss this post at the first place? I am glad that you re-post it again because I am looking at it from the different perspective and it confirms my feeling that big space do not need more furniture to show how welcoming and cozy it can be. Great transformation as always.

Dec 02, 2011 01:42 PM #49
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Amy Bly
Great Impressions Home Staging/Interiors - Montville, NJ
Styling Homes for Selling and Staying

Beautiful work as always, and wow! 3 weeks to contract, way to go!

Dec 03, 2011 02:12 PM #50
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Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

Maureen - late to the party, but glad I didn't miss this post! You've done a great job of showing who important furniture placement is and how staging is the solution to odd shaped rooms. I can't get over the size of the bedroom - it's huge! Beautiful job and every room makes "sense", has purpose and function. Best of all, they all look gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your work - I always learn something new from the master!

Dec 03, 2011 05:15 PM #51
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Hi Kim ~ I use a Canon Xsi with a Canon EOS 10-22 ultra wide angle lens.  I like how it can photograph interiors so well.  Thanks for stopping by!

Hi Amy ~ Many thanks, 3 weeks is a nice outcome for the seller, and for the anxious buyer who couldn't wait to move in!

Hi Kristine ~ That is actually the largest master bedroom I've staged, over 900 sq ft!!  And it has a HUGE bathroom and his-and-hers walk in closets that are as big as some bedrooms I've seen!!   Thanks for your kind words  :-)

Dec 07, 2011 06:38 PM #52
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