Often overlooked in home staging are some tricks that you can use to accentuate the vertical features of your home.
Many sellers are consumed with decorating the tops of all of the counters, cabinets and all flat surfaces available, because (1) it’s easy; (2) it’s accessible; and (3) you have tons of things that fit on the flat surfaces.
When you are staging your house to get it sold, you really want to accentuate the vertical spaces so buyers can fully appreciate all of the height and light your home has to offer.
Here are a few tips to draw attention from countertops to the walls and the ceilings.
Plants: There are a variety of trees, potted plants, hanging baskets and floral arrangements you can use to bring the buyer’s eye up from the counters to the ceiling. Tall potted trees framing the front door immediately draw the buyers’ eyes up to the full height of your entry.
The trick here is to select the right height, and the rule of thumb is to go as tall as possible without going past the height of the front door. You certainly don’t want to stop halfway. You really want to go tall here.
If you can’t find tall trees, or don’t have room for them, consider hanging potted plants of fire-colored flowers on either side of the front door. Again, you want to draw the buyer’s eye to the height of the door and entry.
Floral arrangements can also be helpful on your counters and cabinets to bring the attention up from waist or chest level. You can choose fresh flowers or an arrangement of artificial flowers (as long as they look real) with long stems in a tall vase.
Artwork: Replace all of the 8-by-10- and 10-by-12-inch family portraits you currently have hanging above your counters and cabinets with large pieces of art.
Stores like Hobby Lobby, Home Goods, Stein Mart, Ikea, and At Home are fabulous resources for reasonably priced large format canvas artwork. Don’t worry about the subject matter in the art; just focus on the color palette, the vertical orientation, and the size.
Take into consideration your ceiling height. You don’t want the art to touch the ceiling, you just want it to approach the edge of the ceiling with a reasonable amount of clearance.
Paint: Rooms with dark paint typically appear smaller and more closed-in than those sporting lighter paint.
Take a look around your house and see if you can add more vertical interest by repainting a wall or entire room in a fresh, light color. Especially if you’ve found a fabulous piece of art you can play with, painting the walls to match.
Then voila! Your house now looks bigger and taller.
Leslie Sargent Eskildsen is an agent with Realty One Group. She can be reached at 949-678-3373 or firstname.lastname@example.org.