The smell of fresh baked cookies invokes the comforts of home. Realtors have used this trick to make an open house seem more inviting to potential buyers. Scenting the air with rich chocolate or spices can create a sense of home and encourage the fantasy of what life would be like living in that house. Along with the scents of home, realtors often encourage the seller to hire a home stager who can optimize the home décor for the best presentation of the home.
Taking a cure from the home stager can make our own homes feel more polished and presentable. Some tricks like using smaller scale furniture to make a room feel bigger might not work for everyday living. Others like clearing out the clutter should be embraced by all.
The point of home staging is to maximize the home’s assets. Opening windows and blinds to let the light in is an easy trick. Keeping clutter contained and out of sight is another. Clean homes show a pride of ownership. Neatly vacuumed carpets and fresh wood floors show off the other elements in the space rather than draw attention to themselves.
Removing too much stuff from a space will instantly make the space feel larger. Look around the rooms in your home and see what areas feel too crowded. Less photographs on a wall or fewer knickknacks on a mantle can change the look and feel of the space, giving your room a fresher feeling.