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Home Staging and Space


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Look for ways to optimize the apparent space in the home. This is particularly important if it is not big.

Create a 'sense of space' rather than just putting things away. Emphasize spaces by placing lone objects in them, rather than leaving them empty, for example with a single art object on a shelf or a single picture on a large wall.

Here are a number of things you can do to create that all-important sense of space:

  • Put things away in cupboards
  • Thin out the things on shelves
  • Move sofas back against the wall
  • Use smaller, light furniture
  • Get rid of excessive furniture
  • Put up mirrors
  • Remove obstructions from corridors and circulation space
  • Draw back curtains and otherwise increase the light in the house
  • Use light paint everywhere, such as white or light pastels

Have a big clear-out. Put things on internet sale or auction sites. Take stuff to car-boot sales. Donate things to charities. Give things to relatives and friends. Hire a skip and tip in the stuff that others do not want.

It can sometimes help to reduce space in some areas, making them seem warm and cosy. Look to create these just off the larger spaces.

It can help during the visit if you talk about space, noting how this was something that attracted you when you were looking first at the house.


The opposite of space is clutter. In a material world, many of us have so much stuff we do not know where to put it. Getting rid of clutter can be painful, as we often have a personal attachment to it. If necessary, hire storage or 'loan' things to friends and family.

The appearance of space is often created through use of the contrast principle, for example where a small space is placed next to a large space or a single item is placed within a space to make the space seem larger. Light is also important, as dark spaces seem smaller and light spaces seem bigger.

One of the things that people think about when they review a prospective home is where they will put all their stuff. They also look for alcoves, spaces for shelves. Talking about all the nooks and crannies and how you love the space can help you with this. Asking them to stand in corners where they can see the spacious vistas across rooms will also get them to better appreciate the space.

If you are lucky enough to have a very big house, then space may be viewed more strategically. People who seek big houses also have different views, for example wanting a big, imposing hallway and huge kitchen. All the same, they still have 'stuff' and will want to know how their lives will fit into your house.

See also

Home Staging and Light, Contrast principle


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