When we speak of staging and property styling Sydney homes, one problem raises its head so often that it probably deserves an entire blog of its own. Smallish homes or apartments with small rooms are often the biggest problem homeowners face in the process of preparing their property for sale. Buyers are determined to get more for their money – you cannot blame them for that – but in that context, small rooms can present a huge obstacle.
Allow us to remind you of a very important factor: in terms of houses or apartments, buying decisions are fuelled as often by emotions as they are by practical reasoning. Home sales are based on the way a buyer feels about a property, and that connection can be enhanced with the help of a good home stylist.
Many of you may be of the opinion that you can’t afford the services of a home staging company. The importance of proper home preparation can’t be neglected however. In today’s real estate reality, it’s highly recommended that every property owner that lists their home on the real estate market first consult someone who is an expert in staging and property styling Sydney homes. The cost of such services are almost always recouped in the final sale of the home.
Nevertheless, many of you will still wish to undertake some or all of the styling of your property on your own. For you, we offer a few suggestions for making small rooms look larger.
Lighten and Brighten:
Using lighter colours on the walls and for the flooring of your smaller rooms will automatically make them appear larger because such colours reflect the light rather than absorbing it. The same is true of the furnishings you choose – the lighter the colour, the better off you’ll be. Accents such as cushions and art on the walls can be the source for bolder pops of colour
Speaking of Light:
The more light there is in a small room, the bigger it will appear. If your room has windows, eliminate the curtains. If your room is one that demands privacy, consider applying one of the new window films. These films come in an amazing array of styles from the appearance of frosted glass to stained glass. There are also mirrored options that can further expand the appearance of space. Application of the film can be a bit tricky, but it will be worth the effort in the long run.
Artificial light works as well. Using lamps and sconces placed around the room instead of a single overhead fixture is most effective. This will draw the buyer’s eye around the room, making it feel larger.
Your rooms will always look larger if the furnishings are placed away from the walls. Even if you can only move them out a few inches, it will give the room a bigger feel if you “float” the furniture. Just be sure not to place the pieces in such a way that they impede or block the traffic pattern. (Placing a narrow console table between the wall and the sofa can give you a place to put a lamp or candles if you wish and will still preserve the feeling of openness.)
Choose furniture pieces with exposed legs and, if possible, use tables made of glass or clear acrylic. These invisible surfaces don’t take up visual space and still provide for utilitarian needs. If you are not using a staging and property styling Sydney professional you may not have the ability to pick and choose your furnishings from a big showroom. In such a case, try to keep the furniture in scale with the room. In a small living room, don’t be afraid of using one prominent seating piece such as a modular sofa that will provide ample seating without the clutter of individual chairs.
Size really does count in the business of home sales. If you have problem rooms, dealing effectively with them should be job number one. So, as you approach the adventure of staging your own property for sale, we urge you to call in an expert in staging and property styling Sydney homes at least for purposes of direction. A professional stylist will have countless tricks and tips to help you. And, getting a few more ideas about how to enlarge your smaller rooms can ultimately make a big difference in the selling price of your home.