Using Bookcases as Appealing Focal Points in Home Staging
I love home staging and one overlooked but personally favorite item of mine are bookcases. I like to call them the "Red Headed Step Child" of focal points in a room. Every book you have owned since college gets tossed on the bookcase in no particular order along with random other items that do not have a home. You know who you are. The photos are actual bookcases I staged for a client. I do have the before photos to prove the mess they they were in when I arrived for the walk and talk.
Here is my design technique that works every time when I am staging a home to appeal to a broad range of buyers.
Books can say a lot about who you are. Political, religious, hobbies and professional books tell the story of your life. In some cases you have to careful about what you showcase on your shelves any place in the house for that matter. Pick ones that are universally acceptable for showcasing the home. No pun intended.
The idea is to arrange items on your bookcase attractively. You need to draw the eye into the room so they want to see more.
When you have a creative and universally appealing focal point in each room, buyers can imagine their belongings vs. an empty room or worse yet - totally cluttered room. We all need breathing space.
Homes Staging - Bookcases are an "Easel"
I look at each shelf as a frame around a picture or canvas waiting for paint. I want to give it space to be seen and admired.
For books I do different things. I place the one that has an attractive cover and place it on a "easel". I group by color to add interest. Some I stand up and some I use as a prop or even a backdrop for another object depending on size and color.
If you have interesting items from your travels, I will incorporate them into the design. Adding plants softens up the hard edges and gives your eye a place to rest.
Lighting also plays an important part in illuminating a dark corner of the bookcase or placing importance on an unique object. Remember to keep photo frames at a minimum. I do use small pictures to snuggle into a corner or as a backdrop.
If you have a small room, keep the bookcase accessories sparse so you can see the back of the shelf to make the room appear larger.
One crafty idea is gluing decorative wrapping, wall or scrap booking paper to the back of the bookcase shelf to add texture, color and pattern to the space, especially if you do not have a lot of books or accessories.
So do not overlook this very important piece of art work just waiting to be discovered. Book cases are very important and can be utilized as very creative and attractive focal points in a room if correctly executed.
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