Home staging with art is one of the most interesting facets of property staging design. Art is used to stylize and enhance interior home décor, but does far more when properly utilized as a home staging strategy. Art can also maximize the impact of an area, dress up large or boring spaces, draw the eye in a particular direction or even distract from less desirable facets of a house or apartment. Art is easy for anyone to include in a professional or DIY home staging endeavor.
This commentary provides expert assistance in choosing art as part of your home staging plan.
Tips for Home Staging with Art
Art can include paintings, sculpture, craft items, natural materials, painted surfaces or any other aesthetic interpretation or creation. Art should be used sparingly throughout the home staging design, with key pieces placed for maximum impact. Placing too much art will only detract from each individual piece and may give the room a cluttered and scattered look and feel.
I generally recommend one or 2 main pieces of art for each room, unless the space is truly cavernous. The pieces chosen should not blend into the background, but instead, should provide spark and interest, offsetting the décor and making prospective buyers notice the surrounding charm of the room.
Art is a Universal Fit
Art can be very expensive, but it does not need to be. Art can be made, bought or rented for a variety of budget needs.
Fine art may be incredibly costly, and if rented, it is crucial to keep it safe and sound. Families with small children or pets should think twice before allowing a stager to bring expensive rented art items into their home, since the repair or replacement cost may be prohibitive.
DIY art can be made from virtually anything. I have created tons of simple art projects for my clients, which provided tremendous presence in the room for literally pennies.
More traditional art pieces can also be purchased at off-priced home stores for a low cost. This is a great way to go, since you can take the art with you to enjoy in your new home, once the sale is complete.
Home Staging with Art Editorial
I like to diversify art within a home by using a combination of forms and styles. Soothing and coordinating art is nice for the dining room, while something more lively and thought provoking is ideal for a living room.
Sculpture is perfect to mix in with wall-mounted paintings and a variety of other textured pieces, such as metal work, natural materials and even florals and botanicals. Remember, anything can be art when used creatively.
Always select art which will not be too controversial or taste-specific, as these items may be exclusionary and actually defeat the entire purpose of staging. Also, make sure to choose art which will appropriately represent the tastes and styles of the buyer demographic being courted.
If the property is being marketed to young urban professionals, there is more room for risk than a retirement villa marketed to empty-nesters. Keep this in mind and your art selections are sure to make your home staging plan a real winner.