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Whoever said less is more hasn’t seen the stunning prints and patterns on the market today. And try your best, you can’t pick just one — nor should you have to. One of my favourite interior styling trends right now is mixing and matching different patterns within a space. I use pattern to set the mood and tell the residents’ story — whatever that may be. It’s also a great way to instantly modernize a home with the motif du jour.

But in spite of all these plusses, pattern is often misconstrued as too complicated, too overwhelming and downright scary. I say, more is definitely more — when it’s done right. Here are a few professional tips from a pro, to help simplify the pattern picking process for a home that is warm, inviting and interesting.

You may have heard of the power of odd numbers in interior decorating. This rule also applies to your patterned paradise! If you’re working with a small space or are just getting your feet wet with this trend, start with three and go from there.

Some of the most successful pattern groupings involve mixing different scales to help create interest. Too many similarly sized prints will confuse the eye. The more subtle designs will naturally act as the neutrals in the room and are often incorporated in larger doses. Meanwhile, the larger bolder patterns will naturally stand out as the focal points.

TIP: Use the 60-30-10 rule to mix patterns in the right doses. The primary pattern gets 60 percent of the coverage, the secondary pattern gets 30 and the accent pattern gets 10 percent. This results in a well-balanced and pleasing composition.

Now for the patterns themselves. Choose what you love, is rule number one. With that said, there is one suggestion I’ll offer in this regard. Choose patterns that strongly contrast one another. For example, a floral, a geometric and an organic print within one living room.

Colour is another important consideration in your palette of pattern. Ensure all your prints have common hues, both in terms of colour and vibrancy. Your patterns will complement each other and work together, as opposed to some being washed out.

By now you know that I’m a purveyor of pattern. But it is possible to have too much of a good thing. Incorporating white into your design gives the eye a place to rest and makes those amazing prints and patterns “pop!”

Last but not least, be sure to balance your patterns with some solid colours as well.

Patterns are a fun and easy way to bring life to your interiors. It can be something as simple as a new chair, a rug and some pillows, to completely change the look of your space. Forget your fears and give pattern a try. You’ll never look back.

RED BARRINUEVO

Toronto-based, award-winning Interior Stylist, Red Barrinuevo is an Interior Decorator and Principal of Redesign4more, servicing clients in Toronto and the GTA. The firm’s known for enhancing and creating stylish yet functional spaces through their creative home staging, interior styling services, and design services.  www.redesign4more.com.

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As an interior stylist, I get many requests to merchandise and redesign homes for resale. This begs the question, why do people wait until they’re selling their home before achieving an Instagram-worthy interior? Here are some of my simple styling tricks of the trade that you can try now, using your existing decor and without spending a single dime!

ODD ONE OUT

Have you ever noticed accessories look better in odd groupings? Sets of threes and fives are more pleasing to the eye and appear centered. Your photos, glassware, and collectibles will never look better!

EVEN OUT

While this principle sounds like the exact opposite of the above suggestion, think “even” in terms of distribution. Ensure accessories are weighted evenly and balanced at each end of the table, bookcase or surface.

MIX IT UP

“Shop” your home for accessories that complement each other, visually or thematically. Combine wood, aged metallics, chrome and organic elements to keep your grouping interesting. Set it all on a tray, and voila! Showroom-worthy without spending a dime.

TABLESCAPE

Introduce one accessory into your arrangement that’s taller than the rest. The tallest piece becomes a beacon that attracts attention and anchors the eye.

LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT!

Here’s one final, no-fail styling tip that every stylist swears by. Choose pieces that you love, and be selective! It may evoke deep emotion, fond memories or brilliant inspiration. Choose pieces that speak to you, and express yourself.

Experiment, mix-and-match and try new combinations. And at the end of the day, if you love the look, then it will always have a fond place in your home and heart.

If you enjoyed these tips, follow me on Instagram for more ideas, helpful tips, and design inspirations for your home!

RED BARRINUEVO

Toronto-based, award-winning Interior Stylist, Red Barrinuevo is an Interior Decorator and Principal Designer of Redesign4more Inc., servicing clients in Toronto and the GTA. The firm’s known for enhancing and creating stylish yet functional spaces through their creative home staging, interior styling, and design services. To know more about Red and Redesign4more, visit redesign4more.com.

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Toronto Home Staging

In spite of the slow down in Toronto’s real estate market, this property that we recently staged had sold for more than $100,000 over asking in one weekend which only goes to show how important it is to properly showcase a home before listing, especially in a slow market to gain a competitive edge over other properties.

The right furniture and accessories are the key factors in creating a great first impression. By using the right pieces, the function of a room is clear and defined, and a well thought of accessories gives it the wow factor and the homey feel that every buyer looks for.

Beautiful furniture that’s improperly placed will fall flat. Showcasing a room to get that wow factor often involves a few new furniture finds coupled with your existing pieces and a well-planned perspective on how to place them.

BOTTOM LINE

In a hot market, the right merchandising and staging will showcase your home and increase the selling price, compared to a similar home that is not staged. In a slow market, it is even more important to gain that competitive edge over other similar homes in your area.  “Staging speeds up sales in a sluggish market, and can bump up prices 2% to 10% in a moderate market”.

RED BARRINUEVO 

Toronto-based, award-winning Interior Stylist, Red Barrinuevo is an Interior Decorator and Principal Designer of Redesign4more Inc., servicing clients in Toronto and the GTA. The firm’s known for enhancing and creating stylish yet functional spaces through their creative home staging and interior styling services. To know more about Red and Redesign4more, visit www.redesign4more.com

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Have you ever looked at a painting and been mesmerized, without really knowing why? Art is subjective. What one person loves, another loathes. This can become an issue when choosing art for shared living spaces, like a kitchen or living room.

The problem of personal preferences is not unique, nor is it difficult to overcome. As an interior stylist, I have some tried and true methods to satisfy a range of different style preferences, all under one roof.

First, size up the space you have to work with. Oversized art will overwhelm, while undersized pieces will look insignificant.

If you’re working in a particularly large space with high ceilings, you can choose one huge artwork, or alternately, you can create a collection. When planning your gallery wall, ensure your pieces have something in common – a theme, matching frames, or a repetition of colour.

Next, consider your subject matter. To avoid offending, keep your art pieces neutral. This is particularly important if you share a home with diverging tastes, or if you’re styling your home prior to sale. This means no nudes, no religious or politically themed pieces, no family photos.

TIP: Colour is my favourite way to make a bold statement. Choose a piece of art that you love, and let its colour palette inspire your wall paint, upholstery, pillows, rugs, and other decor elements.

Whether you’re letting your art inspire your space or vice versa, ensure that your selections complement your home’s overall aesthetic. A room that is full of antiques, for example, would look wonderful with antique-style frames – even if the paintings themselves are more modern.

Last but not least, practice some restraint. Don’t fill every wall. Negative space gives the eye a place to rest, it calms the senses and makes the art more impactful.

RED BARRINUEVO

Toronto-based, award-winning Interior Stylist, Red Barrinuevo is an Interior Decorator and Principal Designer of Redesign4more Inc., servicing clients in Toronto and the GTA. The firm’s known for enhancing and creating stylish yet functional spaces through their creative home staging and interior styling services. To know more about Red and Redesign4more, visit www.redesign4more.com

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Styled to the nines, step by step:

The trend of home staging has picked up momentum in recent years. As a stylist, I can certainly appreciate the basic principles behind a well-staged home, whether you’re planning to stay or sell the place. Rule #1 is, you only have one chance to make a good first impression.

Here are some of my favourite styling tips to ensure you make a lasting impression, for all the right reasons.

Step one is to view your home from the street. What’s the first thing you see? Bingo – the front door! This can be just the thing to invite guests in or send them running for the hills. Choose a vibrant colour that sets your home apart from the rest, and ensure the hardware is bright and buffed. Finish the entry with colourful potted plants on either side, for the ultimate welcome.

Next, assess everything you see inside the home, from the walls and furnishings to the accessories, because even the seemingly minor details matter.

A neutral colour palette is easy to work with and has wide appeal. This applies to your walls and furniture – particularly the big, expensive items that won’t be frequently replaced. Then, incorporate colour through your accessories.

TIP: Artwork is a great way to incorporate colour without commitment!

When planning where to place furnishings and accessories – like art – look for the room’s natural focal point, and focus attention to that. A focal point is a place for the eye to rest. This could be a fireplace, a window or an interesting architectural feature. If your room doesn’t have one, make your own! Stand in the doorway, look into the space and see where your eyes naturally land. This is most likely your room’s focal point, and a good place to focus your furniture arrangement.

Now that you’ve identified the obvious attention-grabbers in your space, consider the background elements, such as lighting and flooring.

The most beautiful furnishings and artwork will be lost without proper lighting. A good lighting plan includes elements of ambient, task and accent lighting, layered at a variety of heights – floor, tabletop, sconce and ceiling.

Underfoot, stylists typically use rugs to highlight a room, increase visual impact, or to create division and definition within an open-concept layout. With that said, resist the urge to overuse rugs. They’ve certainly become a trendy piece, and are even appearing in layers, with one overlapping another. Tread carefully, as it’s a fine line between just enough and over-the-top.

Last but not least, plan your accessories. Be selective; choose pieces that make you smile, help tell your story, or inspire you in some way.

One of my go-to tricks is to arrange accessories in odd numbers. Don’t ask why this works, it just does. There’s something visually pleasing about groupings of three or five. To add more interest, use books or stacked magazines to vary height.

A beautifully styled space is a careful balance between the big, obvious pieces and the small, subtle details. If you walk into a room and something seems “off,” explore the elements above and you’ll likely find the missing link. When all the elements in a space work together, a room becomes “home.”

Red Barrinuevo

Toronto-based, award-winning Interior Stylist, Red Barrinuevo is an Interior Decorator and Principal Designer of Redesign4more Inc., servicing clients in Toronto and the GTA. The firm’s known for enhancing and creating stylish yet functional spaces through their creative home staging and interior styling services. To know more about Red and Redesign4more, visit www.redesign4more.com

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Home staging is a valuable marketing tool for Toronto home sellers and real estate professionals in today’s challenging market.  With the right furniture, accessories, and the right feel home stagers create, it allows buyers to mentally move into a home and offer them a better lifestyle they deserve through staging – and it works!

However, home staging can also go terribly wrong which can end up sabotaging your sale. Here’s my list of common mistakes in home staging that can cost you a lot.

1. Designing instead of staging

This is not the time to practice or experiment with your design abilities. An effective staging is about showcasing the space and NOT the pieces that you have or the DIY projects you’ve done (like your decoupage wall). There is a reason why most furniture pieces used by staging professionals are always neutral and subtle. The reason behind is because staging pieces are supposed to take a back seat and take a supporting role in showcasing your home. Your living space is really the star of the show.

Keep it simple with furnishings, some decor, and textile enough to make the room shine. You don’t need to decorate every nook and cranny, even if you think it’ll look amazing.

2. No clear intention

Staging your home with no clear intention is like driving a car with no clear destination. You will get lost.  For your staging to be successful, your knowledge of your target buyers, your location, and knowledge of current design trends are critical.  Here’s a question, will your buyers be first time home buyers working downtown? Or are they a growing family with kids looking for a bigger place in the burbs? If you can’t answer this basic questions, then you haven’t done your assignment.

Having a clear understanding of how your buyers will use every space of your home is like having a map that leads to a successful sale.

3. Disregarding Scale

As sellers, your top of mind should be to show as much space as you can. Buyers are mostly upgrading and always looking for a bigger kitchen, more storage, and bigger living space. And to achieve that, our thinking is to always use smaller, and lighter pieces. Wrong.

Any pieces that are too big or too small can throw off the feel of the room. In fact, using smaller furniture pieces in a big space can make the room look smaller. The secret is to scale your furniture based on the size of the room and to edit your furniture pieces to the minimum (or less than the minimum). The same goes for your chachskis, anything too small or too tall can be a visual clutter and can cramp a room.

 4. Atrocious Artwork

Your art can set the overall tone of your home, so please make sure to hang it properly. No one wants to crank their necks to see your lovelies. Art that’s too high or low is a dead giveaway of a staging/ decorating rookie. Eye-level is the goal so, unless you hang out with a lot of giants, aim for the middle of your piece (not the hook, that will be higher) to be about 57” high. Here’s a handy guide.

5. Everything is gray and beige

A  pop of color can create just the right amount of personality and styleIt is one of the most important tools in home staging. Every color can bring in a certain feeling;  it can bring in calmness, relaxation, the right energy or cheer needed to connect with buyers when showcasing your home.

The secret is to pick an accent color in the same family (in different intensities and shades) paired with a couple more colors and then carry it all throughout the house. It makes the house look more cohesive and it gives the illusion of one big open space which is ideal when buyers are browsing the house. Oh, and it looks great on your listing photos too!

6. Displaying fake everywhere

Showcasing a beautiful home that looks lived in is the objective of staging. Filling your home with fake palm trees, fruits, food, satin flowers, furniture, fake beds and everything fake is the opposite and just won’t make it.  Nothing is worse than being in a staged house that looks “staged”.  Your home should look stunning and functional; it should evoke a warm and inviting feeling to encourage buyers and shouldn’t end up looking like a “showroom” filled with fake things.

7. Stuffing clutter into closets

If you’re scrambling to clean up when a real estate agent schedules a last-minute showing, don’t stuff your closets full of laundry, toys, odds, and ends. Potential buyers will definitely want to know how much storage space your home has, so no closet will be safe for concealing messes. If you’re in a pinch, a last-ditch effort to hide a mess is under a bed.”

8. You can’t let go

To detach from your home, remember that you are not your stuff; you are more than your possessions. Your memories are within you, not within your things. Holding onto things can imprison you. Letting go of stuff can be freeing.

Consider all of the new opportunities you’ll have in your new location. You could start researching online what that area has to offer in the way of schools, churches, restaurants, cultural centers, shopping, medical centers, jobs, clubs, and civic and volunteer organizations. Develop the mindset that change can be a good thing and it will help you detach from your home when it’s time to sell.

RED BARRINUEVO | YOUR TORONTO HOME STAGER

is a Canadian Certified Staging Professional. His professional affiliations include the Real Estate Staging Association (RESA) and the CSP. He is the recipient of numerous home staging awards and was picked as RESA’s Top Professional Stager of Canada for 2016. He has worked with hundreds of Real Estate Brokers, Investors, Real Estate Agents, and has helped homeowners showcase their homes at its best when it is time to sell.

As President and Principal Stager of REDESIGN4MORE, Red provides home staging and interior redecorating services for both small and large-scale residential projects throughout Toronto and the GTA. Click here to learn more about Red and REDESIGN4MORE. 

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Showcasing and staging a home for sale may take days or sometimes weeks to depending on the condition of the property. While the right timing to list a property is critical, presenting a move in ready home to your buyers is as important. Your home needs to sparkle from top to bottom which may take more time than what you have planned for. If you’ve been living in your house for more than five years, I would say allocate three to five weeks of preparation; then the number of days goes up depending on the size and the condition of the property.

Listing a house that isn’t ready is a costly mistake. It will work to your disadvantage and can send a negative message to your buyers. To help you cut the number of days, here are some steps that you can do in advance to a faster, stress-free and a more efficient staging installation when working with a professional stager.

PURGE

Go throughout your home and eliminate anything you no longer use or want. This is the perfect time to donate, sell, or get rid of furniture pieces you no longer use or home appliances that are inoperable.  Rent a storage unit if you have too much furniture but wish to use it in your new home. You ‘ll be amazed at how much larger your home will appear. Your goal should be to show off as much space as you can when selling; your buyers are looking for that extra space, storage, and more living space that they currently don’t have.

REPAINT

Paint colour is the first thing home buyers notice when visiting your home. If the interior walls of your home are still wearing dated or bold paint colours from the 70’s or 80’s, its time to repaint to give it a facelift! Use timeless neutral colours like grey, beige, or greige. Everybody loves it. Neutral works with everything, it’s nonoffensive, it always works with staging furniture pieces and accessories, and more importantly, it’s easy for buyers to see or imagine how their own furniture pieces will work in your house. Use one colour all throughout the house including bathrooms to give the illusion of one big space.

REPAIR

Ensure there are no leaky faucets or leaking pipes, you don’t want watermarks, or your buyer walking into a puddle on the floor. Fix any broken, damaged, or inoperable appliances and lighting fixtures, too. Passing your “to do” list to your buyers is not a good idea, more often than not, most buyers are looking for a home that is completed and ready for them to move in.

CLEAN

Where is that dust, dirt, and grime that buyers will notice during their tour of your home? Could it be on light switches, doors, faucets, door handles, cabinets, floors, banisters, windows, lighting fixtures, air vents, the TV, furniture, appliances, sinks, showers, tubs, toilets, ceilings or walls? You may want to re-wax your floor. Do a thorough cleaning to show buyers your home is well-maintained and worth every penny that you are asking. Consider a professional cleaning service and give your house a deep cleaning needed for it to sparkle again. Nobody wants a dirty home.

LIGHTEN AND BRIGHTEN

If your home is appearing dark and you are getting a feeling of heaviness, you ‘ll need to remove any heavy drapery that may be causing it. You want the optimal amount of light showcasing the amenities of your home when buyers take the tour of it.  Lighter window treatments like sheers and shades which can be raised are perfect replacements. Make sure your lamps and lighting work so you can turn them on during showings. Proper lighting is important when selling your home.

CURB APPEAL

It doesn’t take long for a buyer to form a first impression of your home.  Make sure the exterior of your home is well-maintained and inviting. A manicured lawn, trimmed trees and shrubbery, and an attractive house and front door colours will make a buyer feel as if he has found a place he wants to call home.

BOTTOM LINE

Showcasing a house for sale is a serious undertaking, realistically it will not happen in a flick of a finger (as most sellers thought it would be). There are so many small details that need to be looked at that can add up and eat more time. So plan ahead in advance to make sure everything is done properly.  After all, your house is probably one of your biggest investment. Its just right to make sure that it sparkles from top to bottom to attract the best offer on the market.

If you are not sure where to start, my advice is to contact a professional stager in your location and do a staging consultation. Ask every question you have, that way, he or she can guide you in the right direction with the right paint colours, for example, furniture editing, decluttering, minor repairs, and all. Pick their brain, and make a list, these are things that stagers are there for.

RED BARRINUEVO | YOUR TORONTO HOME STAGER

Is a Canadian Certified Staging Professional. His professional affiliations include the Real Estate Staging Association (RESA) and the CSP. He is the recipient of numerous home staging awards and was picked as RESA’s Top Professional Stager of Canada for 2016. He has worked with hundreds of Real Estate Brokers, Investors, Real Estate Agents, and has helped home owners showcase their homes at its best when it is time to sell.

As President and Principal Stager of REDESIGN4MORE, Red provides home staging and interior redecorating services for both small and large-scale residential projects throughout Toronto and the GTA. Click here to learn more about Red and REDESIGN4MORE.

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Happy New Year everybody! I don’t know about you, but it felt like the past year just flew us by!

Before we totally let go of 2017, let me share with you my favorite project installations in Toronto and the GTA this past year. Whether it be home staging or interior decorating, these projects have helped our clients and had given them a great fresh start.

1. Granville Gate,  Markham ON

This property was sold within 24 hrs (online)! By just looking at the property’s beautiful listing photos, buyers knew that this is their next home. With tough competition and the real estate market conditions, having stunning online listing photos of your property is a MUST.  This property sold for well over asking!

2. Cedarvale Ave, Toronto ON

With its unique feel and the rustic finishes of this 4 bedroom detached home in Toronto,  we knew it needed the right pieces to properly stage it and to showcase it at its best possible light. The right pieces and the right accessories are one of the things that help buyers emotionally connect to your home, make sure you do it right.

3. Pemberton Ave, Toronto ON

This condo unit in Yonge and Sheppard area has been renovated from top to bottom. The transformation was phenomenal and all it needed was that little bling to complete the transformation. And that’s what we did! We mixed metals from, golds, chromes and rose golds paired with other lux items. The result was breath-taking! Sold!

4. Carisbrooke Circle, Aurora ON

The homeowner is a big believer in home staging and it took us months to plan the merchandising of this huge luxury property in Aurora. The result was astonishing, the property had sold for $500,000 over the asking price!

5. Dorset Rd, Scarborough ON

This was a fun interior decorating project in Toronto. The owners of this newly built home wanted to set it up properly for them to enjoy the house right from the get-go. They told us their vision of their home and we execute it for them. We installed built-ins, bought all the furniture and accessories, drapes, lighting and all! What a beauty it turned out to be!

Located in Yonge and Sheppard area, this older home needed some TLC. After a week of decluttering and organizing followed by a touch-up painting and then home staging, the property sold on its first weekend of its listing and had sold for $555,000 over its asking price. Setting a new record in this location.

The challenge to this unit is its size, with only less than 650 sq ft of floor space it is a challenge for buyers to see how can they function well in a very small space. Not to mention the challenge of furniture placement, zoning, traffic, etc. All of this are deterrents that can demotivate a buyer.  So we gave it the style and function it needed to sell! Sold over asking in one week! Mission accomplished!

The new year is always the best place to start fresh –  new resolutions, new goals, and new beginnings. But as we begin our exciting journey to 2018, let me once again thank you for all your support in 2017.  To all the homeowners and builders who entrusted us with their homes and their biggest investments — BIG thank you.  We are looking forward to serving you better this year! Cheers!

RED BARRINUEVO | YOUR TORONTO HOME STAGER

is a Canadian Certified Staging Professional. His professional affiliations include the Real Estate Staging Association (RESA) and the CSP. He is the recipient of numerous home staging awards and was picked as RESA’s Top Professional Stager of Canada for 2016. He has worked with hundreds of Real Estate Brokers, Investors, Real Estate Agents, and has helped homeowners showcase their homes at its best when it is time to sell.

As President and Principal Stager of REDESIGN4MORE, Red provides home staging and interior redecorating services for both small and large-scale residential projects throughout Toronto and the GTA. Click here to learn more about Red and REDESIGN4MORE.

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Presenting, Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year: “Ultra Violet,” a “spiritual, cosmic” purple that “communicates originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.”

According to Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of Pantone Colour Institute, The Pantone Color of the Year has come to mean so much more than ‘what’s trending’ in the world of design; it is a reflection of what’s needed in our world today.

Ultra violet, a blue-based purple takes our awareness and potential to the next level of spiritual reflection and artistic expression. Pantone discussed that historically, the color has been associated with “mystical or spiritual” qualities, as well as with mindfulness practices, the latter of which offers “a higher ground to those seeking refuge from today’s over-stimulated world.”

Despite Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year is “Greenery, a “fresh and zesty yellow-green shade” that was supposed to symbolize “new beginnings,” the year still felt pretty pastel-ish with millennial pink, rose golds, and copper dominating the center stage. It will be an exciting 2018, incorporating and using  Ultra Violet for decorating and staging for sure. The color is fun, rich, and regal, and it is all we need to showcase a beautiful home!

So let’s say goodbye to 2017 and welcome 2018 with Ultra Violet with all its positive energy and all the good vibes we need for the coming year.

RED BARRINUEVO | YOUR TORONTO HOME STAGER

Is a Canadian Certified Staging Professional. His professional affiliations include the Real Estate Staging Association (RESA) and the CSP. He is the recipient of numerous home staging awards and was picked as RESA’s Top Professional Stager of Canada for 2016. He has worked with hundreds of Real Estate Brokers, Investors, Real Estate Agents, and has helped homeowners showcase their homes at its best when it is time to sell.

Our passion is staging homes for a quick and profitable sale.  Let us assist you in staging and merchandising your home for sale. We serve Toronto, Etobicoke, Mississauga, Brampton, and the rest of the GTA. Contact us today at 416.871.3128 to schedule an appointment.

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Buying a home is always an emotional experience. Buyers use logic to decide on what they need as far as function is concerned (ideal number of bedrooms, workable size of the house), but when it comes to the final decision, your buyer’s emotions will always come into play.

That is why showcasing and staging a home for sale is more than furniture placement or the perfect wall color, home staging is about tapping on the emotions of your buyers to motivate them to buy. Here are some helpful tips.

1. Stage it, Don’t Decorate it

One woman’s dream home might be a mid-century modern, while another’s includes all the charm of a classic Victorian home. Decorating is mostly personal preference, more of a personal style, which can be a problem for buyers. Home staging is more than decorating it is both art and science. It is a marketing technique that focuses on what your buyers are looking for in a home, then realized through proper merchandising and staging to motivate buyers to buy.

2. Practice Restraint

When using art, don’t fill every wall. Have some “negative space” to give the eye a place to rest. Restraint calms the eye and gives everything a sense of purpose. A blank wall is a great way to increase anticipation, it keeps the buyers interested, and keeps them longing for more.

3. Lighting is Important

“Light” and “bright” are keywords that describe what most home buyers are looking for their next home.  To achieve a well-lit room, you need natural light, layered with other light sources (floor lamps, table lamps, pendant lights, reading light, etc.). Together, it creates a positive feel and a feeling of warmth to any room which is important when showcasing your home for sale.

4. Set the Mood

If you have a gas fireplace, turning it on right before your house showing can give the house a little ambiance. Make sure your thermostat is set to a comfortable temperature for buyers to linger, stay, and appreciate the warmth and comfort of your home

5. Add a Splash of Colour

Every color can bring in a certain feeling; it can bring in calmness, relaxation, the right energy or cheer needed to connect with buyers when showcasing your home for sale.  A pop of color can create just the right amount of personality and styleIt is one of the most important tools in home staging. Oh, and it looks great on your listing photos too!

6. Accessories are a Must

When you ‘ve done everything, and it feels like something is missing, this means it’s time to accessorize and add more details to pretty it up to achieve that magazine worthy look that your buyers wanted. These small details make a big difference when buyers are browsing your home. Accessories may be defined as non-essentials, but they are a must in any room.

7. Focus on Function

Each room should have a clear purpose for buyers. The staging should work as a real-life instruction manual for them on how to maximize space and function of the whole house.  There shouldn’t be a question of where the TV should go? Or will my full sofa fit in the space for example.

8. Lastly, Allow Your Buyers to Mentally Move In

Remove anything that can ruin the “moment”. Your personal stuff, your family photos, pet photos etc. These are distractions that can throw your buyers off. If your buyers cannot see themselves living in your home, then you’ve lost them.

RED BARRINUEVO | YOUR TORONTO HOME STAGER

Is a Canadian Certified Staging Professional. His professional affiliations include the Real Estate Staging Association (RESA) and the CSP. He is the recipient of numerous home staging awards and was picked as RESA’s Top Professional Stager of Canada for 2016. He has worked with hundreds of Real Estate Brokers, Investors, Real Estate Agents, and has helped homeowners showcase their homes at its best when it is time to sell.

Our passion is staging homes for a quick and profitable sale.  Let us assist you in staging and merchandising your home for sale. We serve Toronto, Etobicoke, Mississauga, Brampton, and the rest of the GTA. Contact us today at 416.871.3128 to schedule an appointment.

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