A Home Stager’s Favorite Staging Tips

Guest Blogger, Ann Alderson offers expert home staging, room re-designs and color consulting in the Tampa Bay area.

When you’re short on time, here are some savvy tips from expert home stager Ann Alderson on how to give your living spaces the illusion of cleanliness and organization.

  • A clean kitchen sink goes a long way in making your home feel more organized. Decide that you will always have a dish-free sink and that clean feeling will spill over to the rest of the house.
  • Make yourself look organized, even if you aren’t. Remove all items smaller than a cantaloupe from kitchen counters and shelves.
  • When in doubt, use white in the bathroom; white towels, white shower curtain. It spells CLEAN, plus, it matches the toilet.
  • Just because your vanity is a catchall for makeup doesn’t mean it can’t look put-together. Place a platter on top and fill it with seldom-seen china pieces, like a sugar bowl and a creamer that can hold cotton balls, nail files, and brushes.
  • Light a candle. Everything looks better (and cleaner) by candlelight.
  • When it comes to organizing accessorizing, three is the magic number. And rather than setting your trio of accessories out in a row, imagine a triangle and place one object at each point.
  • Do not fear the dimmer! One of the best things you can do is to add a dimmer switch to every single light in the room (do this with every light in the house if you can). The ability to soften or brighten the light allows you to totally change the appearance of the room. They’re not expensive and it makes a huge difference.
  • The #1 mistake people make in the living room is using an area rug that’s too small. Remember that all of the furniture should comfortably sit on the carpet. If space doesn’t allow it, make sure that at least the front legs of any large upholstered pieces are on the rug. Sisal rugs have become the jeans of home decor. And you can afford them.
  • Mirrors can be displayed in every room of the house, but my favorite spot is the entryway. Entries can be great places for mirrors because they create an opportunity for creative lighting, art and reflectivity.

Contact Ann at 813-785-8553 or http://stagingsouthtampa.com

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