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Art and Mirrors Decorator Secrets




Art and Mirrors Decorator Secrets

Art and Mirrors

Art and mirrors can transform a room if you know where to hang them. When staging homes, I frequently find beautiful art hung without purpose and mirrors that reflect ceilings and blank walls. 

Think of your art and mirrors as jewelry for your home. Which ones you choose and where you hang them makes all the difference in the world.

Outdated Condo

This condo belonged to an elderly couple who had traveled the world and collected a magnificent collection of mirrors and artifacts. Although they had beautiful furniture (and a lot of it), the condo wasn't appealing to buyers.

Rearranging the mirrors and furniture helped sell the home.

Before

After

Staging Details

  • The collection of small mirrors looked haphazard and distracting. One large mirror (about the same width as the cabinet) bounces more light into the room.
  • The owl sculpture was placed in the center of the console and two more interesting pieces were added to the display (tall, medium, small).
  • The wine rack was moved to the right where it balances the room better.
  • Now the mirror reflects the owl and adds light and sparkle to a dark and distant wall.

Outdated Dining Room

It's possible to stage a home with outdated furniture. The trick is to clean it up and add the touches that generate excitement in the buyer.

Before

After

Staging Details

  • Everything but the table was removed.
  • Four black chairs from another room provide more contrast.
  • One large picture was hung on the wall you see when you first enter the room.
  • A silk palm adds life to an empty corner.
  • Staging the dining room table helps the buyer imagine a special meal in their new home.

Outdated Bathroom

This high-end older home was in desperate need of a remodel, but the family wanted to sell with a minimum staging investment. We decided to use our imagination, work with what was there, and go bold.

Wallpaper was just starting to make a comeback and this vintage 1970s black and white wallpaper had possibilities. New art and mirrors updated this outdated bathroom without an expensive remodel.

Before

After

Staging Details

  • Black valance was removed.
  • Small, old-fashioned mirror was replace by two new chunky framed oval ones that fill the space above the vanity better.
  • A currently popular shade of green was brought in for the shower curtain and towels.
  • Black and white nature photography reflects in the mirrors. You don't want to add more color to walls that are this busy.
  • Artificial grass greenery adds life.
  • Horse provides a touch of whimsy.
  • The overall effect was charming, and helped sell a home that had sat on the market for over a year. 
  • See how we staged the outdated bedroom.

Art and Mirror Guidelines

  1. Size - The picture or mirror should be large enough to fit the size and shape of the wall. Two mirrors or two similar pictures will work if one is too small.
  2. Color - Using a consistent color scheme will have the greatest visual impact when selling a home.
  3. Placement - Hang your pictures where they will be most visible when you first enter the room. They should serve as the "background" for the dining room table, for your living room furniture or for the bed in your bedroom.
  4. Relection - Make sure your mirrors reflect something beautiful: a window, a piece of art, a pretty bed.
  5. Position - Hang art and mirrors so they feel visually "attached" to the furniture to which they're closest: within 4-6 inches of a side table, console, buffet or bed.

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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.

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