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should that place be occupied or empty ?

Home Stager with stagewithme, Greenville, South Carolina

Hi everyone

when you are doing owner occupied staging, sometimes homeowners have faux plants,greenery, decorative plates,some type of collection, on cabinets, in the space between the top of cabinets and ceiling.

My question is should that place be occupied or empty ?

sometimes having few things up there, draws eye upwards to show off beautiful height of cabinets,and use up the so called deat space, but if it is overdone, it looks really crowded. so should the stager address that place, or is it better left empty.

I would like to hear from anyone of you, who has delt with this dilema of to do or not to do !!



Nancy Robertson
Signature Style Staging - Dallas, TX

Hi,  Shobha!  I tend to leave the space above cabinets empty when staging.  However, when I am doing a redesign, I utilize the space and fill it with various plants and accessories.

May 27, 2008 10:19 AM
Julia Maher
Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes - Fairfield, CT
Connecticut Home Stager

Take it off, take it all off!  Julie

May 27, 2008 10:21 AM
Melissa Marro
Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team - Orange Park, FL
Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging

I ditto Nancy on this one.  If requested, or if I feel the eye really needs to be drawn up in a kitchen then I will do the top for vacants (usally for architectural details).  Most of the time we want buyers to focus on the appliances, countertops, etc...

May 27, 2008 10:32 AM
Tori Lynn Wallitsch
Prudential Ambassador / Ross Designs, LLC - Omaha, NE

I often do a few groupings in the open soffit area; for most kitchens this it the only area to really add decor or interest.

May 27, 2008 11:20 AM
Terrylynn Fisher
Dudum Real Estate Group - BuyStageSell.com - Walnut Creek, CA
HAFA Certified, EcoBroker, CRS, CSP Realtor, Etc.

Tori's method, not too empty, not too full.  IF they are smallish though, always empty.

May 27, 2008 11:38 AM
Amy Prouty
Home Staging - Keno, YN

Shobha - Bigger kitchens and vaulted ceilings call for accessories on top.  Not too many though. Thats how I do it.

May 29, 2008 04:28 PM
Natasha Little
Showhomes Greenville - Greenville, SC
Showhomes Greenville

I also vote for empty!

Jun 22, 2008 04:56 PM
Kym Hough
www.Staged-to-Sell - Danville, CA
Staged to Sell East Bay - Danville, CA

I tend to leave them empty, but I had a client last month who insisted we fill it up with all sorts of stuff. Since we did that we went very very light on the counters. Kym

Jun 22, 2008 05:13 PM
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Usually we leave this space empty -- otherwise it can look very busy in a vacant home.  For Re-design clients who are staying in the home, we use their accessories if they like....because then it's not about selling, it's about what they like.

Jun 22, 2008 05:18 PM
Shobha Vyavahare
stagewithme, Greenville, South Carolina - Greenville, SC

Thank you for your input.

Natasha  -  thanks for voting. Your vote matters.

Kym - I guess if you keep the balance between counter tops, and soffit area, then it won't look so busy.

Maureen -  You are right if it is selling then less is more approach needs to be implimented.


Jun 23, 2008 12:06 AM
Lisa Roy
SPACELiFT HOME STAGING, Greater Vancouver - Vancouver, BC

Empty.  If there is nothing up there thenthe eye is drawn towards the focal points in the kitchen.  Using that space is distracting

Jun 23, 2008 04:15 AM
Leslie Hoyt
Hello Home! - Greenville, SC
Hello Home!

Hi Shobha,

I too, leave the space above the cabinets empty if there's less than a foot or so to fill in, any more than that, I use a few baskets, a few plates on stands and some greenery, but very sparingly.

See ya 'round, Leslie

Jun 23, 2008 02:03 PM
Patty Hill, Broker Associate
Local Homes and Land, Inc - Summerville, SC
Local Homes and Land, Inc


Sometimes I leave it empty and sometimes I stage it. When staged, I never use too much of anything!

Jun 23, 2008 02:20 PM
Joyce Zdenek
Hallmark Sotheby's International Realty & Joyce's Interiors - Hopkinton, MA

I tend to ask Sellers to pack up or put away the items you mentioned.  Here are a few photos of a homeowner who had a massive collection of tin canisters.  After the staging the kitchen showed much larger.

The home sold within 2 weeks with multiple offers.


Jun 30, 2008 06:03 PM
Shobha Vyavahare
stagewithme, Greenville, South Carolina - Greenville, SC

wow Joyce,

What a difference packing up those tin cans made, that's the power of staging, if everyone understood it, our job would be so much easier.


Jul 01, 2008 12:42 AM
Michelle Finnamore
Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket - Vaughan, ON
Preparing your property for sale

Hi Shobha,

Definitely empty. The greatest luxeries in any home are space and light. That is what you are selling. Not their belongings.

Jul 01, 2008 01:43 AM
Michael Fontana
Round Rock Home Stager Austin Home Staging - Round Rock, TX
@ The Stage Coach

hi, Shoba:
I agree with Amy above - the higher the ceilings, the more need for some thing above. Lately, I have been steering away from greenery and placing things like empty wine bottles on top of styrofoam blocks. Cabinets tops are usually 2-3 inches below the finish trim, so I elevate them in order to see more of the accents.

The Stage Coach - Round Rock Austin Home Stager

Jul 01, 2008 01:47 AM