9 Motivating Home Staging Transformations
Before: Unusable Space
A series of three connecting rooms in this Bel Air home had no clear purpose. With steep vaulted ceilings and little wall space, this room may have seemed like unusable space to potential buyers.
After: Cozy Kids' Suite
As part of a "kid's suite," this bedroom is a creative use of the space. A bright yellow color was carried throughout all three spaces.
Before: Wall Space Shortfall
Lots of cabinetry and shelving space make this living room, kitchen and breakfast nook a tough spot to furnish. With seemingly no wall space to anchor the furniture, the living room and breakfast nook must be appropriately defined to showcase the room's maximum potential.
After: Downstairs Defined
This Melrose, Calif., home's downstairs space is transformed from one large, puzzling room to four distinct spaces. Desk chairs were placed under the wall of shelving to create a casual office space, while the living area is situated around the focal fireplace. Facing all seating inward helps to create a functional conversation area.
Before: Dull Dining
The Brentwood Park area of California is known for its pricey pads. At nearly 13,000 square feet, this home was no exception. This informal dining room is a commonly used space in homes, but when flanked by two rooms, it's difficult for a buyer to imagine themselves using what seems to be a pass-through space.
After: Delightful Dining
This dining room is now a defined space with its own sense of style. The bright red color of the chairs gives this space a flair that potential buyers won't forget.
Before: Focal Point Frenzy
With multiple focal points, this Malibu home's master bedroom was a confusing space. The fireplace, built-in headboard and large windows boasting spectacular views make it difficult for potential buyers to envision the room's layout.
After: Bold Master Bedroom
Accenting the many focal points with bold artwork, an intriguing telescope and bright white bedding brings attention to each asset of the room without making it feel cluttered. The telescope is a creative piece in the room because it draws attention to the incredible view, but does not block the line of sight and still allows sunlight in to keep the room bright.
Before: Bedroom With Bare Bones
Bold molding on the ceiling, a built-in bookcase and beautiful fireplace prove this Brentwood, Calif., master bedroom has many ideal structural features. However, with such a big room, how do you fill the space? Not to forget, a wall full of doors means less wall space for placing furniture.
After: Multipurpose Master Bedroom
A defined sitting space in the bedroom shows the room is multifunctional. Light-colored furniture keeps the space bright and open while still showing the room's potential. Just as Meredith and her team did in this bedroom, in large rooms, it's typically best to bring in large-scale furniture so the room is not left feeling empty.
Before: Bedroom Blunder
A beautifully landscaped space awaits just outside the bedroom of this Venice Beach, Calif., home. However, it is hardly noticeable in this room surrounded by towering white walls.
After: Nicely Natural
Bringing the outdoors inside with natural wood and elegant green accents allows this room to flow beautifully with the adjoining patio. A large mirror placed across from the patio visually expands the living space.
Before: Limited Living Room
This Venice Beach home's long and narrow living room looked unappealing to potential buyers because of the space restrictions. It is difficult to imagine entertaining guests in such a tight space.
After: Functional Family Space
To accent the high ceilings, the crew hung the curtains at the top of the wall and hung tall artwork to draw a potential buyer's eyes up, emphasizing the height of the room. The space is better defined with two separate sitting areas to maximize its potential.
Before: Bland Bedroom
This bedroom in a Hollywood, Calif., mansion needed a touch of style. A door or window on every wall of the room proposed a problem for potential buyers.
After: Simple Solutions
Positioning the bed under a window allows wall space for other bedroom necessities. The window also serves as a creative headboard for the bed, which still allows light in to keep the room feeling open and spacious.
Before: Boring Bedroom
While the Malibu, Calif., views are spectacular from this bedroom's two large windows, the views alone won't sell the home. This bedroom is in dire need of a design direction.
After: Pretty Perspective
The incredible views stand out in a neutral space. A large white headboard creates a cozy space, while still keeping the room bright and open. The lush bedding softens the modern room but doesn't compete with the spectacular California hills.