Here’s a list of some positive features you may have in your home:
- Large Front Yard
- Landscaping/Sprinkler Systems
- Two-Car Garage
- Swimming Pool
- Outdoor Living Area
- Outdoor View
- Energy-Efficient Windows/Insulation/Appliances
- Picture Windows/Sliding or French Doors
- Grand Foyer
- Wood Floors
- Built-in Shelving
- Hi-Hat Lighting/Fans/Chandeliers
- Lots of Storage Space/Closets
- Kitchen with Island
- Home Office
- Master Suite with Spa-Like Bathroom
- Large Rooms
- Family Room or Additional Great Room
- Open Layout
- Finished Basement
Here’s a list of some negative features, or basically anything that is an eyesore, a needed repair, or an imperfection you can’t change.
- Location of Home
- Uninviting Curb Appeal
- No Garage
- Unappealing or No Landscape
- Peeling Exterior Paint/Bad Paint Colors
- Old Roof
- Old Windows/Doors
- Small or Awkward Layout
- Outdated Kitchen and Bathrooms
- Small Bedrooms
- Limited Ceiling Lighting
- Structural Problems
- Electrical/Plumbing Problems
So, in order to make sure these positive features get noticed, we have to downplay the negative aspects of the space. Stylish Stagers staged a co-op apartment in Kew Gardens that is a great example of this. The space was average; nothing really grabbed the buyer’s attention. And while the apartment was large, the seller’s belongings were scattered everywhere. This picture was their living room before we staged the space. What attracts your eye? Is it positive or negative?
The orange focal wall stands out and says, “look at me,” but there is nothing there to look at. While the window is large and bright, the curtains are less than attractive. The paint color also directs your eye to that door in the corner. This door had caused many headaches for the sellers because it’s a door to nowhere. They’d been on the market for a year before calling us, and the sellers said, “Every time a buyer comes in they question that door.” So we knew we’d need to come up with a solution.
Take a look at what the stagers did:
The room was painted a comfy beige, removed the window treatment, and added curtains from floor to ceiling, flanking the picture window. Then extended the fabric to cover the doorway. Presto, the door to nowhere is now nowhere to be found. Also switched the furniture layout so that when you walked through the front door into the room you saw the couch rather than the entertainment center.
As you can see, by painting, decluttering, rearranging, and adding some modern accessories by taking a cue from mother nature, many of the space’s positive areas of this room are
now highlight , such as picture windows, spacious layout, and wood floors.