Short on Space? Keep it Simple.

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If you're short on space, the solution is to keep it simple. This especially bodes well if your home is being put on the market. By "keeping it simple" you create more "visual" real estate. 

Here's an example.

This is the living room, while under construction. This particular home was a home we had staged for one of our investors, hence the condition of the room. 

Living room under construction

With all the construction material moved out, and just the furniture brought in, here's what the room looked like:

Living room with furniture delivered

Now here's what the room looks like with it completely arranged and accessories added: As you can see, the design was kept simple. In doing so, you also create a cohesive and clutter-free room, which is another key factor when selling.

Living room after home staging

And one of my favorite things to do when taking my after pictures is to capture a close-up. Here's one I had taken of the coffee table.

Floral close-up

Whether selling your home or not, small spaces can pose some challenges for the owner. Keep It Simple and remember these rules:

  • Less is More - Don't bombard the space with furniture.
  • Make it Clutter-Free - Eyes need to rest. Having a clutter-free room will allow the buyer to SEE the room and NOT the stuff in the room.
  • Use Clean Lines - You'll be amazed at just how big a difference it will make.


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Our Atlanta home staging services have helped hundreds of sellers secure a contract quickly. Visit our website at to see first-hand the solutions for selling your home, listing or flipped property. Contact us today to schedule your appointment by emailing Kathy at or by calling 678 522 8392. We've got the furniture and accessories your home needs!



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Thom Abbott
Midtown Atlanta Condos For Sale Thomas Ramon Realty

Morning from SnowBound New York/New Jersey!

You DO have a gift for making a place shine!

You are the Atlanta Georgia Home Staging Go To Person!

December 27, 2010 09:49 AM
Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging

K.I.S.S. Keep it simple sweet. My staging motto!! Absolutely sweet and beautiful Kathy!!

December 27, 2010 10:00 AM
Janice Ankrett
Burlington Ont. Accredited Staging Professional
Janice Ankrett Home Staging

I agree 100% Kathy! Small spaces need and uncluttered look.

December 27, 2010 11:22 AM
Ginger Foust
Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging
Certified Staging Professional

Kathy, now that's a concept that few lived-on and/or occupied homes have going on.  Love what you've illustrated here! 

December 27, 2010 12:27 PM
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
"Staging that Sells Portland Homes"
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR

Kathy ~ what a great example of staging at its best ... room function is defined, space is maximized, and the flow throughout the space is perfect.  The gray and black color palette is very classic!

December 27, 2010 12:59 PM
Barb Hutson
Phoenix Home Stager, Redesign Expert 480-216-7182
Sonoran Accents Home Staging & Redesign, Phoenix Metro, AZ.

Kathy - Love what you did here.  Keeping it simple also gives you a very tranquil space.  Buyers feel good in it and don't even know why.  Clean and simple, I agree, is the key.  Loved your close up!

December 27, 2010 01:18 PM
Kathy Burke
S.F. East Bay Home Staging
Sensational Home Staging~~Danville, CA

Shows how you really don't need to "over stage" to showcase the home!  GREAT example of GREAT staging!

December 27, 2010 03:11 PM
Laura S. Baker
Realtor, (920) 728-4118, First Weber Group
First Weber Group

Well, what is left to say?  Everyone above me said it all and so well.  I love the way you broke this blog post into such beautiful steps, the layout is wonderful, the colors classy and the lines incredible.  Your final photo is wonderful!  I can't wait until I master the camera like that.

December 27, 2010 07:21 PM
Kym Tarr
Its all in the details!
Prep This House Interiors Inc.

Beautiful Job Kathy!!!

December 27, 2010 11:17 PM
Kathy Nielsen
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

Thanks, everyone, for your very kind words. KISS works for so many things but is so key for those rooms with small spaces!


December 28, 2010 08:59 AM
Chrystal Safari Roy
Charlotte Metro Foreclosure Specialist
Principal, BIC, The Safari Group - Charlotte, NC

Excellent guidelines and great job with convincing before and afters!

December 28, 2010 10:04 AM
Shar Sitter
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M
Rooms With Style

Love the chairs. I also love the close up picture....then you can see those great pillows!

December 28, 2010 07:37 PM
Luci Terhune
NJ Home Stager 973 896-6489
Bungalow Home Staging & Redesign

Kathy, I love the paint color and the simple medallion piece on the wall instead of a picture. Beautiful as usual..

December 28, 2010 08:03 PM
Leanne Zumbrunnen
Z' Touch Home Staging

Your KISS method works wonders for staging and your style is always "contemporary classic".   That's the advantage staging has over the "real world".  I love being able to live vicarously through my staged home that stays clean unlike my real home.

December 29, 2010 09:51 AM
David Ames
San Francisco
Zephyr Real Estate, San Francisco

p.s.(love those black chairs!)

December 29, 2010 12:39 PM
Tori Toth
888.667.6643 NYC, HSR, SAR, RESA, IADIE, LIBOR
Stylish Stagers, Inc.

yes i agree, it looks great, and seems spacious even with all that furniture in there.

December 30, 2010 09:18 AM
Michelle Finnamore
Preparing your property for sale
in Vaughan and Toronto GTA

Hi Kathy, great explaination for those home owners contemplating doing their own staging work. I see more home owners trying this now. However,

I think it still comes down to using a stager with updated furniture and accessories to appeal to todays buyers. You keep on top of the looks that buyers see in the stores and in magazines to bring the whole marketing image together. Beautiful photos finish the job.  Always look forward to your close ups.

Kudos to you for your vision in this home. Great work as always.

January 02, 2011 01:21 PM
Lisa Roy

Another beautiful job Kathy!  Love the step by step.

January 03, 2011 09:52 PM
Linda D. Pufford
ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager
Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging


Great post and put together so well.  As everyone has said, You always do outstanding work.  I always look forward to viewing it...  and I too love the close up!!!

January 08, 2011 10:32 PM
Donna Foerster
Metro Denver Real Estate Agent
Cherry Creek Properties, LLC

Kathy~ I've noticed recently that just adding an area rug to a room design can really ground the room and make it cohesive.

April 22, 2012 04:58 PM
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