Home staging is a popular way of enhancing a property before it goes on the market. By using innovative home staging ideas to optimise the interior of your home, you can attract more potential buyers and even increase the value of your property. However, it isn’t just soon-to-be property sellers that are using home staging techniques to enrich interior designs.
When you incorporate the latest home staging techniques into your own interior design, you can elevate the environment and create the stylish, functional home you’ve always dreamed of. Whether you’re thinking of selling or you’re settled into your forever home, home staging can transform your property.
How to Stage Your Living Room
In many ways, the living room is the most central part of your home, which is why its design sets the tone throughout the rest of the property. It’s where you relax with family and entertain guests, while an open-plan living space may also provide you with a dining area or home office. When you perfect your living room interior design, it’s easy to extend the style throughout the rest of your property, and home staging can help you to do just that.
To get started, take a look at these top five tips for staging for a living room and start planning how to upgrade your space now:
1. Avoid Overcrowding
A room can look cluttered and chaotic when it’s overcrowded, so think carefully about which pieces to incorporate into your design. As a general rule, there should be at least 18 inches between each piece of furniture in smaller rooms, and at least 36 inches in larger living rooms.
While your living room needs to be functional (and provide enough seating for the whole family!), adding too much furniture can make the space feel smaller than it really is. If you want to incorporate more furniture into a living room without overcrowding it, choose pieces that are compact or have a minimalist feel, like the Ambrose Armchair in Oak and Golden Steel by Laskasas or the Orion Sofa in Blanche Oro by Scarlet Splendour.
2. Incorporate Storage
Storage is essential in every area of your home, including the living room. Without sufficient storage, things will get left on surfaces and affect the aesthetic of the room. Fortunately, you can use stylish living room storage to improve the functionality and style of the space.
Both the Rosalia Sideboard in Chromium by Hommes Studio and the Oasis Sideboard in Gold by Scarlet Splendour are excellent examples of impactful living room storage that catches the eye and elevates your interior design.
3. Enhance the Space with Lighting
Lighting is a core component in every space, and it can transform your living room instantly. The lighting options you choose will create the right ambience and showcase your interior design at its best. From cool, bright lights over workspaces in open-plan rooms to soft, warm illumination to create a cosy, relaxed feel, it’s vital to use lighting to stage your living room.
Layered lighting gives you the most flexibility when it comes to illumination, so try to incorporate different lighting solutions where possible. A spectacular ceiling light, like the Balloton Lamp by Venini, works perfectly to create a relaxed atmosphere while acting as a centrepiece in the room.
When combined with floor standing lamps, such as the Floor Lamp with Trihedrons by Il Paralume Marina, or wall lights, like the Whistler Wall Light in Satin Brass by CTO Lighting, you can enhance the space with flexible lighting that delivers both functionality and effortless style.
If you want to add more natural light to brighten up your living room, switching from blinds or heavy curtains to sheer, opaque drapes can help you to achieve your goals. While still affording privacy, sheer voile curtains allow sunlight to flow into the room and maximise natural warmth.
4. Showcase Functionality
Your living room is probably the most frequently used space in your home, so don’t shy away from showing its purpose and functionality. When you’re staging your living room, use the furniture and décor to show how the space is used. This ensures the room feels inviting and welcome at all times, which is exactly what you want to achieve with your living space.
If you use your living room for entertaining guests, the George Bar Cabinet in Graphite by Coleccion Alexandra is a stylish and fun addition that enhances the design while emphasising the room’s function. Alternatively, if your living room is a cosy place for you to unwind with a book, add luxury bookcases or wall shelving and display a selection of your favourite titles.
5. Add Warmth with Textures
Using multiple textures within your décor can instantly make a room feel warmer and more appealing. In an environment that’s designed for relaxed and informal socialising, like a living room, it’s particularly important to use a range of textures to set the right tone.
A luxury rug, such as the Matthew Williamson Cross My Palm Green Rug, or the stunning Kolb Rug by Hommes Studio, is an effortless way to add warmth and texture to the space instantly. Similarly, a throw or blanket, like the Luxury Cotton Throw in Pearl by Claudia Barbari, draped across an armchair entices you to sit and unwind.
Remember – the furniture and decorative pieces you choose can also be used to add warmth via textures. From the decorative Tokri Chafing Cane Serving Basket by Ikkis to the Cachepot Small in Grained Leather and Brass by Pinetti, there are a variety of ways to use decorative accessories to add texture to your living room.
Staging Your Living Space
With these innovative home staging ideas, you’ll have all the inspiration you need to enhance your interior design and transform your living room. No matter how much space you’ve got to work with, home staging can elevate the décor, enhance the functionality of every room, and create a spectacular atmosphere.