Do you love the ‘staged’ look of homes on the market or the ‘after’ pictures of space makeovers? It makes sense. They look organized and are balanced by adhering to the ‘rules’ of 7 design elements. You can make drastic changes in the look and feel of your home by following these rules. Your home can have the ‘staged for everyday living’ look and feel and still use your own furnishings, and even on a small budget.
This posting is an overview of the basics for achieving the balance of harmony, aesthetics and actual day-to-day usage of items in one’s home. Follow-up postings will reflect this balance as we look at each space individually.
For most people feeling comfortable in their own home is a top priority. How we achieve what looks and feels comfortable is what will be explained. For now we’re going to discuss what our mind experiences and not our culturally learned aesthetic preferences.
Important key to understanding why a ‘busy’ room can confuse us: What we visually experience in a space is not consciously broken down and analyzed. (Unless, it is our intent, of course.) Our brain takes in the visual information and we subconsciously make a decision on whether or not the space is pleasing to us, or more specifically, pleasing to and easy for our brains or minds to understand. If the elements in the space are not congruent, our brains are struggle to make sense out of ‘what’s going on in this picture’ and we instinctively, albeit often unconsciously, rebel.
Example: You walk into a living room. The couch is firm, with squared corners and black leather. Additional seating is a kitchen chair (stiff with an upright back, cane seat, and has a light gold pad), a light blue corduroy covered chaise lounge, and a lavender colored, floral print antique settee. There’s a furry white rug tucked under a box shaped coffee table. The kicker – tan drapes with black pin stripes. Are you having a hard time following this visual? No worries. Your brain would have a hard time taking it all in if you were actually standing in the room!
There are reasons your brain is struggling. None of these furnishings are similar in style or design, texture, shape, color, or overall theme. In fact, there isn’t a theme, trend, or scheme. Yet, believe it or not, most of these items could be brought together and made to ‘work’; using the right placement, fabric changes, enhancements / accessories and lighting.
There are 7 basics of design needed in the above, or any, scenario for a more staged home look and feel. Here is a bird’s eye view:
Kathryn Hisert's experience includes 30+ years of sales and marketing. This includes having been a Realtor for over a decade, a Marketing association president, and an Accredited Staging Professional. She is currently a member of NAPO (National Association of Productivity and Organizing), National and Arizona Realtor associations and various home staging groups.