Balance & Scale: Crucial For Staging and Decorating
The biggest mistake I see as a Realtor and a Stager is when a homeowner thinks they can stage their home themselves, but in the process forget some of the crucial elements of staging and decorating: Balance and Scale.
Did you ever walk into a room and know something’s amiss but can’t put your finger on it? Kind of like when your friend gets their hair cut, and they look different, but you don’t know why. Even a room that is decorated with a lot of really cute things can look off without balance.
One of the things that will “unbalance” a room is when all of the heavy furniture is on one side. When some people try to “balance” a room they sometimes try, in my opinion, the completely boring approach of everything that matches. For example, a couch with two matching end tables, two matching lamps, and a picture centered directly over the couch. Sometimes this approach will work when a room is being staged, however balancing does not have to mean that everything is the same. If you have, for instance, only one end table, you can use that with a lamp on one side of a couch and perhaps put a tall plant or floor lamp on the other side. (And please! If using a picture above the couch DO NOT hang it too high…huge decorating mistake!)