Decorating a Small Living Room Dining Room

Decorating a Small Living Room Dining Room

There are many condos on the market with one room serving as living room and dining room and it's a challenge to make them look roomy and inviting. But stagers have perfected the art, b
ecause making a small room feel big can help sell a home.


Smaller condos frequently have a living room and dining room combined into one, like a small apartment. This is a typical situation in senior communities. The condos are designed to be compact and easy to maneuver. But arranging furniture can be a headache.

These rooms are rectangles with one large expanse of wall and several openings (kitchen, hallway and patio).

Before

After

Staging Details:

  1. We angled the sofa in the corner. This breaks up the "boxy" look and allows the use of larger furniture.
  2. Artificial tree in the corner behind the sofa adds color, height, and texture to a bland backdrop. This is also a good spot for a floor lamp.
  3. Glass bookshelf leads the eye higher giving it a pleasing "up and down" path to follow.
  4. Large piece of art balances the rest of the empty space.
  5. Dining area is suggested with a small table and two chairs.


Finishing Touches
Decorating a Small Living Room Dining Room

Sitting Area

  1. One accent color, in this case red.
  2. Coffee table has only three items (odd number) and they vary in height: tall, medium and small.
  3. Spikey greenery adds a different shade and shape.


Shelf

  1. Two cranes on top take the eye higher than the picture.
  2. Glass shelves keep from overpowering the wall.
  3. One item per shelf is more than enough. Vary the shapes and sizes, playing around with this until it "feels" right.


Dining Area

  1. It's okay to use a patio table and chairs when staging a small dining space. They're light, airy, and they fit.
  2. Set a pretty table.
  3. Suggest a lovely meal. This is theater, that's why they call it "staging."


More Dining Room Staging Ideas

Staging a dining room is a powerful way to tickle a buyer's imagination. You want them to walk in and instantly think: "I want to live here!"

Living Room Staging

Staging any area of the house, particularly a living room, requires a delicate balance between making it inviting and interesting, while resisting the urge to add so many things that it becomes distracting. Always remember, your goal is to sell the house.

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Alex Hinst is a home stager and decorator with hundreds of success stories. As a designer on multiple investor home renovations, Alex has had the great pleasure of contributing to Denver's exciting urban renewal.

Alex Hinst Designs is located in Denver's Historic Highlands. Contact


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