box them up and store them away during an open house — or before taking pictures. If your dining area is large and you have created a second sitting area for game nights with a large screen tastefully mounted, that’s just fine. However, separate this area from the dining area in a more defined fashion by using a sofa or other strategically placed furniture.
SMOOTH THE SURFACES
Tuck away all trinkets and extra clutter. Since you’re going to be staging the table and don’t want to detract from that focal point, it’s important to take a minimalist approach to the rest of the room and surfaces. You want to create more space to the eye, yet have enough variety and color to envelope the prospects in the charm of the space as they walk through or view the pictures. Perhaps a decorative vase, even without flowers, can be placed on the sideboard or corner table. Two cocktail glasses on a tray with a cocktail shaker create a great, minimal decoration that contributes to the relaxed atmosphere, subtly inspiring the buyer with the desire to entertain guests. If you choose to have a bowl of colorful fruit, a lamp, or any of the other choices from the plethora of possible decorations, keeping items grouped together in odd numbers creates a more appealing impression on the eye.
OUT WITH THE OLD
Now, you might really love your house and the charm of having some outdated components, but then again, if you’re selling the house, it’s time to bring some of the less-expensive charms up-to- date.
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