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Art for Staging a Home

Art for Staging a Home

Art for staging a home has a different purpose than art that's collected for personal reasons. When someone collects art, it's because there's something about the piece that speaks to them.

It may remind them of a place they've visited. They may love the ocean, or the mountains, or cowboys. In time, their art collection expands and creates a unique and personal imprint of their life and interests.

Staging art is designed to market your home. It's used to fill empty walls with the right size, color and style that will create excitement in a buyer and make them want to buy the house.

If you're purchasing new art in order to sell your home, the following tips can help you get it right.

Top Ten Tips Art for Staging a Home

  1. Color matters. For greatest visual impact repeat the colors already in the room.
  2. Similar frames will give your art more punch.
  3. Stick with a consistent theme in the pictures.
  4. Think of the art and the furniture it's closest to as one unit.
  5. Hang pictures so they're visually within four to six inches of nearby furniture. More on this in art and mirrors.
  6. Select the size and shape of the art to fit the wall. Or, cluster several pieces to fill a very large wall.
  7. Mix up the sizes: small, medium, large.
  8. Add something fun and unexpected.
  9. Don't overdo it. Leave some empty space.
  10. Include one large picture on your largest, most visible wall.



Staging Details

  • The owner added one large picture behind the dining room table. A wall this size requires a commanding piece of art.
  • Notice how the colors in the picture pick up the colors of the room and the dark accent wall.
  • Art doesn't have to be expensive. You can frequently find staging art at bargain stores like Ross and T.J.Maxx.
  • Notice also that we turned the rug on the floor to fit the shape of the room. Think of rugs as "art" for the floor. The same rules apply.
  • Open the shades! Every room looks better in sunlight.

Does the Style of the Art Matter?

Yes it does. Whenever possible, allow the art to complement the style and setting of the home. When there is no specific style, abstract florals and abstract landscapes tend to work.

This newly remodeled home in the heart of an exciting urban re-development in Denver, Colorado boasts high contrast finishes like dark wood cabinets, slab marble counter-tops and stainless steel appliances.

Staging Details

  • Black and white urban photography looks fantastic in this type of home.
  • Notice the silver and black frame echoing the stainless steel appliances and the dramatic contrasts in the room.

Art for a Colorado Cabin
Selecting art for a Colorado mountain cabin to reflect the rugged landscape and the history.

Abstract Landscape Art for Staging a Home
If your home has no distinctive style, abstract landscape art is usually a good choice.

Art for Staging a Bathroom
Abstract florals look great in a bathroom.

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Alex Hinst is the author of Home Decorating and Staging and owner of Alex Hinst Designs, located in Denver's Historic Highlands.

Alex Hinst Designs has hundreds of success stories in both private and investor home renovations and is dedicated to helping you create your perfect home.