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Archive for September, 2016

Look to Nature for your next Staging Colour Combination

September 09, 2016 (posted by Jennifer Campbell, Home Staging Calgary)

Colour is one of the most impactful ways to change the feel of a staged property. Freshly painted walls and some new accessories can make the world of difference to how a potential buyer perceives your listing. Confused about how to choose a staging colour combination? Look to nature for inspiration.

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After Staging: The green orchids look stunning in the glass blue vases.

A staging colour combination that does not make sense can create a jarring feeling for potential buyers as they view your listing. Instead, you want them to feel at ease as they move from room to room. Colour can create that sense of flow.

Starting with a piece of art or a throw pillow that represents the feeling that you believe buyers want to have in their new home, you can pull colour combinations together that unify the rooms. And you can also look to nature.


Take this butterfly wing I pinned to the Set Your Stage “Nature” board for example. Warm neutrals cover most of the wing. Then a hint of blue adds a pop to attract your eye. This is the same approach you can use when staging your house or condo.

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After: This open concept living room is the perfect space for entertaining or relaxing. Click like if you love the 17 foot high ceilings!

You can see this staging colour combination at play in a staging consultation we provided in Evanston Calgary. The majority of the room is one of the warm neutral colours (like in the butterfly wing). Then there’s a pop of blue in the cushion, accessories, and artwork to add life.

This staging colour combination creates a sense of comfort and peacefulness while at the same time feeling vibrant and alive. It does not feel like a boring room that potential buyers will forget about as soon as they move on to view their next listing.

If it’s time to sell, look to nature for a staging colour combination that appeals to potential buyers. OR get some help from a professional home stager with experience staging properties in your neighbourhood.


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Our Most Important Tip for How to Stage a Long Room

September 03, 2016 (posted by Jennifer Campbell, Home Staging Calgary)

A long, narrow room can be a challenge to furnish. When it’s time to sell, the worst thing you can do is leave this as a problem for potential buyers to figure out. That could cost you a quick sale. Instead, stage a long room with the goal to divide and conquer.

It’s not a battle. But leaving potential problems in a buyer’s mind can make it feel like one for them. On one hand, they will like aspects of the property. On the other hand, they’ll feel stuck wondering what to do with the long narrow room that they can’t figure out how to furnish in a way that makes the most sense.

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After: The large windows make this seating area the perfect place to relax with a good book.

Don’t be on the losing end of that battle. Instead, stage a long room by visually dividing it into separate functional areas and furnish accordingly.

In this post, when I refer to a long room, I’m not talking about an open concept living and dining room situation. What I mean is one long room that is designated to have one purpose but the length makes it hard to determine where the furniture will go. In the real estate listing details, it could be the room referred to as the living or family room, or perhaps the bonus room.

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After: Brightly coloured art overtop of this fireplace really pops and adds to the space.

With a divide and conquer approach to staging a living room, you could divide it into an area set up for watching TV and another small spot by a window staged as a cozy reading nook.

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After home staging: We staged this bonus area to be a neat little reading nook or a home office!

A bonus room could be set up as part hobby area and part office.

Choose one larger furniture piece to anchor each functional area and build on each theme with appropriate accessories.

When you stage a long room with divide and conquer in mind, you’ll make it easier for potential buyers to quickly decide that your listing meets their needs.

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