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All You Need to Know About Staging a Small Living Room

Staging small rooms is harder than staging large rooms in several ways. You want to make the room livable without being cluttered. Have an experienced local agent advise you on the best practices for a small living room.
All You Need to Know About Staging a Small Living Room

Four out of five real estate agents agree that staging ensures a faster sale for a home. One of the biggest challenges with staging is how you can make a small living room look enticing without making it cluttered.

Experienced real estate agents encounter this issue regularly and can offer helpful hints. Work with a top agent to get the staging tips you need to sell your home faster and for more money.

Here are a few tips to get you started.

Empty Rooms Look Smaller

While it might seem strange, when a room is empty, there's no reference point for a viewer to make about the room's size. Whether in person or photos, an empty room looks like it might not fit a buyer's furniture. Staging helps make the space look livable.

Consider that buyers will look at your room from left to right as they enter. If you put the largest piece in the far left corner, it makes the whole room look bigger. The taller the better when putting items in that corner.

Materials Matter

The types of material that you fill your room with make a difference when it comes to perception. Materials that reflect light make the whole space feel airier. While you might love a dark and heavy wooden table in your space, that will not make the space feel as open as a metal and glass table.

Declutter your space by about half if possible. Keep only light-colored and reflective materials when you can help it.

Use Light and Color to Your Advantage

Natural light is the best thing to make your living room seem larger. The more light that comes in from nearby windows, the more space it'll seem like the room has. If you want to maximize space, add simple window treatments or a simple roller shade.

Fabric curtains should be light and airy. Choose voile or linen and then hang them high. The higher your curtains are hung, the longer your windows seem.

If the room is too dark to take advantage of light, add mirrors around the space. It's an old trick — but it works.

Arrange Seating Carefully

If you choose a central focus for your room or if it has one naturally, your seating should be aimed in that direction. Buyers should be encouraged to imagine spending time in your living room, which is the whole point of staging.

A living room is for socializing, so make sure that seating encourages sitting and talking. A room that's overloaded with heavy furniture is going to seem smaller. If you block any passageways, it's going to seem too small before prospective buyers even scan the room.

Get Rid Of Large Furniture

If you've read this far, this has probably crossed your mind. Having large furniture in your small living room, no matter how light or brightly colored, will keep it feeling small. Swap out huge sectionals for a loveseat or a wedge sofa. Swap out large tables for smaller ones.

When you're at the point of staging your home, you don't need to think about what's practical anymore. You need to focus on what makes the space look good. Don't make it look too precious but ensure that there's plenty of room to move around as buyers walk through.

Color Makes a Difference

While bright whites might seem like the way to go if you're trying to make the room look bigger, there are other options. So long as you avoid dark and bold colors, you can move around within pale shades of pastel colors.

If you'd prefer to keep things brighter and whiter, consider an accent wall to make the room more exciting. A border color that matches your furniture is the right choice when adding color.

Don't Be Too Married to Anything

When staging a small room, make sure you don't keep anything that doesn't need to be there. If you're stuck with a large sofa, balance the other items in the room against that. Everything should be either functional or decorative and kept to a minimum.

There has to be some function present, in that it should look like a living room, not just a sofa and an awkwardly placed painting. However, adding too many accent pieces will detract and make the room seem cluttered. If you apply one rule to staging a small living room, it's that you should stay as minimal as possible without emptying the space.

Staging a Small Living Room is One of Many Challenges

When you're aiming to sell your home, dealing with the details of staging is something you shouldn't have to tackle alone. With the help of an experienced local real estate agent, you can ensure that your home is marketed the types of buyers you find in your region. Hiring a Clever Partner Agent ensures that have someone who is working hard to get the highest price for your home, all while charging you a low commission.

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Andrew Schmeerbauch
Andrew Schmeerbauch

Andrew Schmeerbauch is the Director of Marketing at Clever Real Estate, the free online service that connects you top agents to save on commission. His focus is educating home buyers and sellers on navigating the complex world of real estate with confidence and ease. Andrew has worked on projects for the United Nations and USC and has a particular passion for investing and finance. Andrew's writing has been featured in Mashvisor, L&T, Ideal REI, and Rentometer.

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