Are You A Little Off Center? Create A Vignette

Home Stager with Prudential Ambassador / Ross Designs, LLC

I had an installation for a vacant house this week in a great neighborhood in Omaha called Happy Hollow. This is a very historic part of town and the house is beautiful.

When visualizing how I wanted this house to look after Staging, I had planned to hang a three piece set of art above the sofa on the wall first visible upon entering the home. In my mind this looked f-a-b-u-l-o-u-s!

When the install time came and I had all of the pieces in the living room, I realized that my original vision wasn't going to work. The wall that was intended to sport the three piece art set wasn't as long as the opposite wall which was full of windows.  I have two sofas floating in the room with a coffee table in between. If I had placed the art set centered on the wall, then it would be very off center from the sofa beneath it. If I had placed the art set centered above the sofa, there would be about six feet of dead space to the left of the set and no space to the right.

Solution? Place one piece of art centered on the wall, then group the floor-standing lamp and silk tree together near it so that they visually took up more space and the vignette didn't look like it was off center from either the wall or the sofa.

before and after photo of living room


Here is a full view of the living room:

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Comments (5)

Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Are the pictures over the fireplace the other two pieces of the set?  If so, I like the use of them there.  We just never know where everything will actually go until we are placing it...that is for sure.

Jan 30, 2009 06:41 AM
Tori Lynn Wallitsch
Prudential Ambassador / Ross Designs, LLC - Omaha, NE

Hi Sharon - yes, the other two pictures above the fireplace are part of that three piece set. I don't usually do two pictures above the fireplace but it worked so great in this house.

Jan 30, 2009 12:22 PM
Patricia Ebrahimi
SHOW SMART! HOME STAGING & Color Consultant - Rockville, MD
Home Staging the Washington DC Area from Rockville MD

Your experience is the real reason homeowners need a Professional Home Stager, and you are obviously a terrific one.  Great job.  Staging is after all creative, and as with any art, it evolves.  For me the whole thrill of it (and I find Staging absolutely thrilling) is realizing my mental vision, tweaking as needed along the way.  IMHO, in fact, this is the most detrimental aspect of HGTV shows.  They have  no time, or perhaps no interest, in showing the creative process, just the results.

Jan 30, 2009 10:04 PM
Pangaea Interior Design Kitchen & Bath Design, Remodeling
Portland Oregon - Portland, OR

Great way to handle an awkward balance. I love sofas facing each other by the way. It acents the fireplace focal point beautifully.

Feb 03, 2009 03:00 AM
Kim Dillon
Creative Eye Home Staging - West Chester, PA

Great way to show that balance doesn't always equal symmetry!

Feb 04, 2009 05:40 AM