Jill Schuett, HSE and the owner of Applause Home Staging in Loveland, Colorado, tells us this month about the power of art when staging a home to sell.
THE POWER OF ART
Interior design experts say that “art is the jewelry of a home.” That is true for staging a home to sell as well. Simple, modern, well-placed wall art can bring in color and warmth while helping draw buyer’s eyes around a room to important architectural features. In addition, art helps draw buyers into every room allowing them to linger and imagine themselves living there,
which could in turn, increase the chances of an offer being submitted. Powerful, right?
Here are a few DO’S and DON’TS when it comes to using art to create impact when staging a house to sell…
- DON’T hang framed art on every wall –leave some walls empty. It is important to let the eye “rest” long enough for buyers to take in the features of a home.
- DO mix it up using decorative mirrors, metal wall art, or even colorful plate groupings instead of using just framed art. Try the new stick on wall art pieces that are easy to put up & easy to remove without harming the paint. This look is eye-catching and modern.
- DON’T have too many small art pieces placed hodge-podge on walls- this tends to make a room feel cluttery, chaotic and enclosed. (That’s the opposite effect we want when selling!) Pack away smaller old-fashioned pieces like plaques & Grandma’s needlepoint.
- DON’T hang framed art too high. This can look awkward and distract from the home’s selling features. The eye level of an average height person is about 5’6, so hang accordingly. Over sofa’s, allow only about 6 inches from sofa back to bottom of art.
- DON’T be afraid to go big! A long empty dining room wall or big empty spot over a sofa or fireplace can use one bold piece to really showcase the room, giving it the “wow” factor.
- DO have fun dressing up a home on the market with art –wonderful, well-placed art!
Visit Applause Home Staging online or give Jill a call at 970.215.5309.