Reflecting on Home Staging

Home Stager with Reveal Estate Home Staging - Vancouver
Reveal Estate Home Staging

As I have not had much time to blog about our recent transformations, I thought I would take a different angle and post some shots of mirrors we have placed in properties for sale. First, I would like to mention a few points regarding the use of mirrors when selling (and living in) your home.

  • Mirrors visually expand interiors, create depth and can bounce light into a room.
  • A well positioned mirror reflects an attractive point of view upon entering a room.
  • Often people hang mirrors for the sole purpose of catching sight of themselves and do not take full advantage of the benefits a strategically placed mirror provides.

When viewing properties I frequently encounter 4 problems with the placement of mirrors.

1. They reflect an unappealing area or view.

Consider this mirror hung in the entrance of a home. I'm sure it was handy for checking your appearance before heading out the door but people don't want to see the reflection of a bathroom as they enter a home.

Poor Mirror Placement

2. They are placed too high on the wall.

For some reason, most people hang artwork too high as well. I have never understood this.

3. They reflect a bare wall.

This is particularly common in bathrooms. Usually there is a large mirror above the vanity. By hanging artwork on the opposite wall, you can increase the visual depth of the room as shown here.

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Before StagingStaged By Reveal Estate

4. They are positioned directly across the room from a window.

Doing this reflects light and energy (a.k.a. chi) back out the window and not into the room. Instead hang mirrors on the wall adjacent to a window.

And now some more mirror shots ...

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Reveal Estate is a full service home staging company with lots of mirrors and furnishings to show your home at its best.

Comments (33)

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

Jackson ~ You're converting me into a believer about mirrors with your great photos.  I LOVE your black framed mirrors and how you positioned them -- smashing views!

Jul 23, 2008 04:29 PM
Kathy Passarette
Creative Home Expressions - Mount Sinai, NY
L.I. Staging/Decorating

Jackson ~ Your work is always beautiful!  Your examples definitely make the point!

Jul 24, 2008 02:10 AM
Kathleen Lordbock
Keller Williams Realty Professionals - Baxter, MN
Keller Williams Realty Professionals

Jackson - very cool photos indeed - thanks for sharing your expertise with us.

Jul 24, 2008 05:21 AM
Kathy Riggle
Houston Home Staging

More great staging pointers from one of the best! Thanks for sharing your wonderful designs.

Jul 24, 2008 10:47 AM
Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging,

Your mirrors look like framed art - very clever. Why haven't "The HGTV Stager's" group gotten a hold of you yet?

Jul 24, 2008 02:23 PM
Jackson West
Reveal Estate Home Staging - Vancouver - Vancouver, BC

Thanks for all the great comments everybody! Where would we stagers be without our mirrors and artwork?!

Tina, thanks for commenting, gotta keep 'em guessing!

Kathy, I agree with you about mirrors above the fireplace. It is almost worse than refecting a bare wall.

Kym and Maureen, "mirror" and "smashing" in the same sentence makes me nervous.

Fernando, it's niced to be missed, I will keep blogging but I can't keep up to you my friend!

Cheryl, bathrooms are my favorite rooms to stage since a few simple changes make a huge difference... and there is always a mirror!

Michelle, that is such an awesome compliment, thank you! More often when I am finished staging I find myself saying... "you look tired" to my reflection in the mirror lol. P.S. I am loving your "all I did" series of blogs.

Cathy, Debbie and David, I use the kodak V570 and am on my third one (don't ask lol) and am upset that they have been discontinued. As far as adding my company name, straightening, and sharpening the photos... I use picnik.

Betty, I am flying into your city tomorrow on my way to the farm. Glad to see that you are still "in the game" with Margot away. Calgary needs talented stagers like you.

The 3 Kaths, (Kathy P, Kathleen and Kathy R) Thanks for your kind words, comments like that make me want to keep blogging!

Karen, I know a couple of stagers from Dekora, and although they do excellent work, part time staging isn't for me. They bid against fellow stagers within the company for jobs. Add to that I never let people see me sweat and always have a calm approach. This wouldn't make for, ahem, "good" tv. ;)

Some other blogs by stagers about mirrors you should check out are...

Mirror Tip: Don’t Double the Ugly

Mirror Mirror on the Wall . . . You've just got to GO !!!

Home Staging Small Spaces: Mirror, Mirror on the Wall...or Not?

Mirror, Mirror----WAIT! Don't Hang Me Yet!! by Feng Shui Long Island

Bare Naked Ladies and Bathroom Mirrors

Mirror Mirror on the Wall, Scare Buyers away One and All

What does your mirror reflect? Is it worth looking at or is it a distraction?


Jul 31, 2008 03:10 PM
Maureen Maureen
Orangeburg, NY

Jackson - It is so hard to say which I'm more impressed with your creativity, staging or photography. You are the man.

Aug 02, 2008 08:59 AM
Janice Sutton
1st Stage Property Transformations - Murrieta, CA
Home Stager - Temecula Murrieta

Thanks for all the great tips! Mirrors can be a stager's best friend.  Your examples are a great reflection of your amazing talent. 

Aug 02, 2008 05:13 PM
Elaine Manes Gage
Home Staging Online Services - Denver, CO
Staging done ONLINE!

Jackson- Very nicely done. My favorite is the one reflecting the greeen and orange pillows. The beveled edges are a nice touch. I love mirrors, I just wish they weren't so darn heavy!

Aug 03, 2008 08:01 AM
Melissa Marro
Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team - Orange Park, FL
Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging

Fascinating!  Another way to think about photos when we are taking them.... thanks so much & I always love seeing your work!

Aug 03, 2008 08:45 AM
Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging,

Ooh, Jackson, you gave me some good insight, I didn't realize that was how the company worked. And yes, I have to agree, (although I don't mind anyone seeing me sweat) I am generally always calm and not good for TV myself ;-)

Aug 03, 2008 01:52 PM
Magi Roth

You ARE the Master!!

Aug 13, 2008 04:50 AM
Angela Reeves
West Coast Staging - Coquitlam, BC

I have just gone through your whole blog - I really admire your work & must comment that the photography you use is beautiful.   You are definitely "the one to be emulated.   I aspire as a stager at the beginning of the journey, to be a fraction as good as you are one day.

Sep 05, 2008 02:13 PM
Jackson West
Reveal Estate Home Staging - Vancouver - Vancouver, BC

Maureen, where's my cookie? lol. As you know photographing rooms is more difficult than it seems. Although I have taken thousands of photos, a lot of it is still trial and error when it comes to lighting. I am looking forward to the rainy season here for the sole reason that the windows aren't "blown out" with sunshine in the photos.

Janice, mirrors ARE a stagers best friend! Thank you for the kind words.

Elaine, I loved that color combination too. I'm surprised you don't have a strapping young man to hang all of your mirrors for you Mistress!

Melissa, I think you take even more photos than I do. As you know I am a big fan of your staging prowess as well!

Angela, hello my fellow CSP. That has got to be one of the nicest blog comments I have ever received. I have learned to refine techniques over time. That old cliche "practice makes perfect" is true. Much success to you!

Sep 20, 2008 08:31 PM
Renee Pratta
Renewed Rooms - North Myrtle Beach, SC
Renewed Rooms - SC

Jackson:  Hope you are well.  As always, fantastic work.  I love your photos very clever and shows off your talent.

Sep 20, 2008 09:35 PM
Terrylynn Fisher
Dudum Real Estate Group - - Walnut Creek, CA
HAFA Certified, EcoBroker, CRS, CSP Realtor, Etc.

Your mirror shots are some of the best.  Then there are those that we need to retake.  Thanks for showing both angles, with this and your more recent blog post. 

Sep 21, 2008 03:57 PM
Lisa Sherman
Interior Aura - Salem, OR
Home Stager, Interior, Redesign & Decorating - Salem Oregon

Amazing shots... were you a professional photographer in your prior career?! ;)  Thank you for sharing a great way to "reflect" on beautiful staging!  You can bet I'll be trying this on my next staging.

Sep 21, 2008 05:35 PM
Sheridan Corrie
Upstage, LLC - West Linn, OR

Those photos revealing the rooms reflected in the mirrors are awesome.  Thanks for sharing.

Sep 22, 2008 04:21 AM
Kimberley Hawley
Hawley Interiors & Staging - Caledon, ON
Hawley Interiors & Staging

Great shots Jackson. Now, post some transformations too!

Sep 22, 2008 10:41 AM
KO Designs
KO Designs, LLC - Kansas City, MO

Loved the mirror shots! We'll have to try a few of those shots out.

Apr 06, 2009 02:35 AM