Home Staging Tips From A Showhouse - Part 3!

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Home Staging Tips From A Showhouse - Part 3!

We toured the gorgeous Designer Showhouse of Westchester last week.  This second annual event was located in Bedford Corners, NY, and benefits Cerebral Palsy of Westchester

In Part 1, recurring motifs and traffic patterns were covered.  In Part 2, we looked at built-ins.  Part 3 uses a blue-and-white bedroom designed by Catherine Cleare (Westport, CT) to illustrate working with a monochromatic palette.

Monochromatic color schemes call for differences in pattern scale and texture...and one surprise element!

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The Ikat pattern on the walls is NOT wallpaper!  It's all hand-painted...probably with a stencil as a base, then embellished by hand.  Amazing.  It sets the middle-size pattern.  The large block-print paisley on the drapery is the largest, while some passementerie sets the smallest size pattern.  The textures were a little flat; I wanted more.  That said, the walls were glossy, the drapery linen, and the bed cover quilted.  Something fluffy, like a frothy throw or Mongolian fur pillows would have been perf!  I think it would have balanced all the "perforated" hard-edged fret-work furniture. 

The room needed some soft upholstery.  Everything was wood, metal, or lucite - with an upholstered seat.  An upholstered headboard would have been great, and broken up the matching bed/table/desk combo package.  But that's just my take.

Nestings Home Staging Tips

The surprise of an elegant, red lacquered Chinoiserie stand in an otherwise blue-and-white room brings a smile and lingering memory.

So if you're working with a monochromatic color palette, make pattern size and varied textures work for you.  Add in that surprise element!  Paint with a bold brush stroke, whether you're Staging to Live or Staging to Sell!  Add one dramatic element to your personal landscape, such as a large turquoise vase in an all-white room or a bunch of weather balloons to decorate a backyard party!

 

P.S.  Yes, sad to say, as a professional Home Stager, I would have to recommend that the walls be painted out. 

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Linda Thompson
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Hi Julia,

I agree with the padded white headboard idea.

I know it was not an example of a staged for sale home,  however, it would make a cute room for a bed and breakfast  place in the country or coast.

June 13, 2011 04:20 PM
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Amy Bly
Great Impressions Home Staging, River Vale, NJ

Thanks for showing us this photo, I love looking at designs, especially intricate ones that I would have a harder time pulling off. I would go with a dark blue upholstered (with curves) headboard, personally, and agree with the other comments about removing some of the pieces for staging. I'm not a fan of red with the blue and white, but could see the fun of using another "odd" color like yellow, lime green, or bright blue. Interesting how we all have slightly different takes! 

June 13, 2011 10:35 PM
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Cindy Bryant
"Houston Home Staging Pro's"
Redesign Etc. Home Staging

Maybe for a weekend beach getaway, but that would be about all I could take of it, think it would make me dizzy. LOL Don't care for it!

June 14, 2011 02:08 AM
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Julia Maher
Connecticut Home Stager
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You know, Linda - it WOULD be great for a B&B!

Hi Amy - you know, I never thought "Oh, it's red, white and blue - how patriotic!" when I saw this room - now we have Tom to thank for that - LOL!

Cindy - the area rug has a fretwork pattern too! 

June 14, 2011 08:29 AM
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Sharon Tara
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Sharon Tara Transformations

Add me to the list of "upholstered headboard" fans.  That room is far too busy for me!

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