Home Staging Creating Focal Points

Posted by on Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014 at 10:15am.    3393 Views

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.

home staging for selling a homeHere 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.

home staging bookcases as focal pointsHomes 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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8 Responses to "Home Staging Creating Focal Points"

Greg Hancock wrote: Hey Tamara, love what you've done with these book cases, I know you buy and sell a lot homes and help a lot of clients around Dayton and Beavercreek, but I hear awesome things about your decorating and homestaging services.

Posted on Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014 at 11:30am.

Angie wrote: Tamara, love the bookcases, but I have built in with glass, given the tight quarters I don't want to wall paper the backs of them, can you suggest something else for a colorful but easily removable backdrop for them?

Posted on Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014 at 11:32am.

Tamara Leach wrote: Thank you Greg for your comments....I have additional blogs addressing other focal points in room. Fireplaces and how to arrange furniture. The next one will be how to create a focal point when there is not one. This is a fun and innovative look that you can do in any room. As my mom said, " I could make a cave look homey" I think I can do that for you and any room in your home. Let me know what your decorating concerns are, send me pictures and I can help you via e-mail.

Posted on Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014 at 2:42pm.

Tamara Leach wrote: Thanks Angie, actually I have a house I just listed with same issue. I use decorative places that you can purchase at the dollar store that are hand painted. Really! Place them on easels and presto! you have a backdrop, color and instant art in the room. I swear the dollars stores ie General Dollar, Five Dollars and Under, Buddy can you spare a dollar stores are the best. Look for color and style that fits your home, not just your personality when you are staging your home. Most often when I stage a home, the buyers want all the window treatments and the accessories because that is part of what made the home appeal to them.
Let me know what else I can help you with.

Posted on Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014 at 2:48pm.

Tamara Leach wrote: Oops I used decorative plates or you can use small pieces of art work or a photo on an easel to get the same effect.

Posted on Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014 at 2:50pm.

William wrote: I know first hand what Tamara can do with her unique staging techniques. She always takes it a step further with flair and substance. I let her do what needs to be done to get my home sold.
You don't quite get it until she does it. I now trust she can get any home looking great.

Posted on Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014 at 6:15pm.

Juanita Limes wrote: Great stuff Tamara, focal points can do amazing things for spaces! You definitely know your staging and decorating services. Your tips are so valuable! I will pass the word...

Posted on Wednesday, June 4th, 2014 at 5:22pm.

Tamara Leach wrote: Thank you Juanita, Staging has taken on a new meaning from when I first started my business I can to a walk and talk via the internet with Skype or if a client takes a video or pictures. I can tell them what to get started on before make a visit.
I just did that with a client. I took a tour of the home and further staged the areas that needed more of a designers touch before professional photos were taken.
This cuts down on cost to your clients.

Posted on Wednesday, June 4th, 2014 at 5:55pm.

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