Marin Home Stager's Guide to Staging Fireplaces

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Marin home stagingFireplaces are a great selling point, so if your house has one or more, you're off to a good start in terms of creating an inviting atmosphere for potential buyers. Fireplaces are usually the natural focal point in any room, so you'll want to make sure you give them lots of attention when staging the room. However, you don't want to overdo it! Dramatic yet simple is what you're going for.

Design tip:  Odd numbers are pleasing to the eye, so aim to have 1, 3 or 5 items above the mantle (this could mean one large picture or mirror by itself OR one large picture or mirror flanked by a pair of decorative objects OR three pictures of varying sizes leaning against the wall with 2 decorative objects on the mantle). Keep in mind, these are just examples and aren't the only design choices you can make.

Common mistakes:
   *Clutter! When there are too many items on the mantle. Less is more.
   *The picture is out of scale with the size of the fireplace, either too big or too small.
   *The picture is hung too high (if it's a large picture, the bottom of the frame should only be a few inches above the mantle.)

The pictures you see in this post are a few of the diverse fireplaces we staged in 2008!

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Comments (1)

Annie Pinsker-Brown
Stage to Sell - LA Home Staging - Los Angeles, CA
Stage to Sell, Los Angeles Home Stager

Erin, beautiful work! Great ideas for fireplaces. Thanks for the tips!

Jan 05, 2009 08:40 AM