September 12, 2018 | Michael Hunter
As most of us know, home staging can help sell a house—particularly in the living room, which has gotten a bad rap lately as a waste of space.
The fact is, first impressions matter, and the living room is usually near the entry point for most homes. Reality check: This room may not be the end-all, be-all area it used to be, but this is no place for your kid's train set, your husband's guitar stands, or any unnecessary clutter. So, it pays to do all you can to showcase this space right. To help, here are some living room staging tips buyers will love.

Remove and redistribute furniture

Once you've removed some of the furniture, consider making an arrangement that allows people to sit and chat.
This often means pulling furniture away from walls, which also allows for circulation and if you have a larger living room, don't be afraid to create several separate seating areas, which can be defined by different area rugs.

Create a focal point

Usually the mantel, if you have one, is the first place the eye comes to rest, so make sure your home staging packs a punch here.
Declutter this spot by taking down wedding photos, your porcelain bird collection, and other items so it looks like a clean line. Add back a single pretty vase, a fun piece of art, or an interesting sculpture. However, if the focal point is a gorgeous garden or backyard pool, create clear views of it through the living room.

Be neutral

We're talking about colors. Stick with a neutral tone to appeal to a larger variety of potential buyers and if you have bold or patterned furniture, consider white slipcovers.
Lighter, more neutral rugs are better than oriental or brightly colored ones, which don’t photograph well and make rooms look dated.
The same goes for a dark couch. A dark sofa against big, bright windows can be blinding, but shades of gray or khaki can help eyes adjust more quickly so the buyer can take in the room and exterior views.

Accessorize with flair

The finishing touches count for a lot when it comes to staging the living room. Put a soft cashmere throw over a corner chair to evoke a quiet place for reading.
A small vase of fresh flowers adds beauty and perhaps a soft scent (watch out for overly strong candles).
You can also try accessories that bring the space to life, including large coffee-table books, sculptural art, and accent pillows.



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