This is another simple trick to making a room shot look better- move objects that are very close to you in the foreground out of the shot. A vase, flowers, or lamps, will just dominate the photo and detract from the room; the reason for this is the extreme stretch perspective of the wide angle lens. Just like the back of a spoon, the objects closest are exaggerated and the background objects are far in the distance. Two problems occur from this. First you make a non significant object the focal point, and 2 you hide the room you want to show.
For instance take the shot below where I removed the lamp and magazines from the photo. However, for the staging of the room it needed to go back, so remember to keep two perspectives, one staging for an open house and another for the room shots.
I should have removed one of the pillows but I