The Most Common Mistakes I See in People's Homes - Part 1

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The Most Common Mistakes I See in People's Homes - Part 1

As a Designer and a Home Stager I see a lot of things in peoples homes. I see homes in all price levels from a couple hundred thousand to a few million. There are a few design and home staging mistakes I see over and over and they are so easy to fix.

One of these common mistakes is:

Having all the furniture pushed back to the walls.

 

Furniture pushed to walls



Even in a small room this is not always the best option. Usually something can be angled or pulled forward.

In a large room, the room actually looks smaller when all pieces are back against the walls. Plus, the room is not very cozy as the conversation area is too far apart.

 

Furniture pulled up away from walls



My advice is to move the furniture up and create a cozier conversation area. If the room is overly large you will need to split it into two sections.

It is okay to have furniture away from the walls. You can have it floating out into the room as long as it is anchored with an area rug, side tables and/or coffee table.

A tree or a sofa table and lamp can be added behind the furniture to draw the eye back and add height.

Pull chairs away from the walls when they are flanking a fireplace, don't have them stuck back in the corners and touching the wall. By doing this you will actually draw even more attention to the the fireplace.

 

Chairs by the fireplace



Pulling furniture away from the wall is hard for many people to visualize or imagine. It is difficult to see alternatives to furniture placement, especially in your own home. You aren't alone in this. That is why I am calling this a "common" mistake.

If you are selling your home or just want it refreshed for your own enjoyment, Rooms With Style Home Staging and Redesign in Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN can provide options for placing your furniture in it's best location.

 

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Donna Foerster
Cherry Creek Properties, LLC - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Agent

Hi Shar~ Most of us just don't know any better.  Most of my furniture is pushed up against the wall.  Ooops!

May 13, 2011 11:25 PM #86
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It looks great....I even think I hear the room and furnishings having a warm conversation about how important they feel since you rearranged them!  We await Part II...Carolyn Huggins

May 14, 2011 08:33 AM #87
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Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

Do try it Dee Dee!

Ha, trying pulling it out a little Donna and see how you like it.

I am sure they are so much happier being together. LOL

May 14, 2011 08:35 AM #88
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Brenda Hughes
Evansville Home Staging & Re-Design - Evansville, IN
Home Staging & Re-Design Southern IN, KY

Great example thanks for sharing, I have even had discussions with my grown kids about

moving their furntiure out from the walls some but no way:)

May 14, 2011 11:42 AM #89
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Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

Kids never listen to their Mom! Show them my blog post. LOL

May 14, 2011 12:00 PM #90
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Julie Davis
JLD Marketing - Saint Louis Park, MN

This is so true...a realtor our company works with quite a bit always knows when he comes back furniture will more likely be floating somewhere.  He knows we love angles!  Great things to share...educating one person at a time!

May 14, 2011 02:58 PM #91
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Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Shar, some really great tips and saw your part 2, now subscribed and ready for more!

May 14, 2011 06:54 PM #92
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Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

Good thing he knows what to expect Julie. Good furniture arrangement is key!

May 14, 2011 06:55 PM #93
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Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

Thank you Ellen, I really appreciate that. Two more parts to this series coming next week.

May 14, 2011 06:59 PM #94
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Donna Foerster
Cherry Creek Properties, LLC - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Agent

Hey Shar~ We were out previewing homes for a new listing this morning and I notice a family room where the furniture was arranged just the way you suggested.  I immediately thought of your post and decided the sellers MUST have hired a professional stager!

May 14, 2011 09:11 PM #95
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TERI LINDSAY
Cedar City, UT
STAGELIGHT HOME STAGING CO.
Shar.... great photos to prove the point of using angles to place furniture to create a cozy ambiance for the house. Great post.
May 14, 2011 10:09 PM #96
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Patricia Beck
RE/MAX Properties, Inc., GRI, CDPE - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Realty

Great advice for furniture placement...it really does make rooms cozier when the furniture is pulled away from the wall and allows closer proximity for conversation.

May 15, 2011 11:57 AM #97
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Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

I am sure they did Donna if it looked fabulous. LOL.. So glad you remembered my post!

Thanks much Teri!

It makes such a huge difference Patricia.

May 15, 2011 11:34 PM #98
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Kathy Cooke
just-stage-it - Charlotte, NC

From Grandma to Great!  Love also the neutral palette with the pop of RED!

May 16, 2011 02:35 PM #99
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Rebecca McArdle
Stunning Staging & Redesign, LLC - Fort Wayne, IN

Another great point Shar!

May 17, 2011 01:36 PM #100
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Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

Thanks Kathy.

You are so kind Rebecca.

May 17, 2011 06:54 PM #101
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Cheryl Malone
Windermere Van Vleet - Medford, OR

Great tips.  It is so hard to think outside the box on these types of things.  Wish I had the hack for you it.  Love the pics to show the difference.

May 20, 2011 01:18 PM #102
Rainmaker
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Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

Thanks so much Cheryl.

May 20, 2011 06:16 PM #103
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Brian L. Sirota, Esq.
Bristar Realty (Realtor/Attorney) - Orange, CA
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Shar, this is really good stuff.  I've only now discovered your blog.  You have great sensibilities and are able to envision simple corrections that make a huge difference.  I like it!  Brian

May 26, 2011 03:17 PM #104
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Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

Thanks Brian. Glad you found my posts helpful.

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